During a Mexico City press conference for The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan ripped a reporter a new one after she asked whether he deliberately chose to make a commercial movie because "the audience has lost its faith in your work." The director, sitting next to Airbender star Jackson Rathbone, was NOT pleased, and didn't attempt to hide it. Luckily, it was all captured on video.
"You had a very strong start of your career with The Sixth Sense," asked a brave reporter in an exchange captured by TwilightFeverVIP. "Your movies have been very personal. However, the audience has lost its faith in your work, with Lady in the Water and many of your more recent productions. Airbender feels like you want to captivate the audiences again by becoming more commercial. Am I right?"
"I think if I thought like you I'd kill myself," he said. "Everything you said is the opposite of my instinct as an artist. The way you just thought, I literally would kill myself. ...
"Your impression of my career is not my impression of my career. It's something you read on Google or something.
"It's a fascinating thing that you would even characterize my whole career the way you just did, dismissively like that. It's sad for me to even hear you think like that."
And there's more where that came from. Check out Shyamalan's complete answer below.