Madonna: It'd be 'awesome' if fans dug critically panned 'W.E.'
One can imagine Madonna not placing much stock in her critics, or in anyone's opinion of her across the board. That kind of attitude would serve her well this week as she trots out her latest directorial effort, "W.E.", at the Venice Film Festival.
Serve her well, as in, some critics aren't really feeling the drama about parallel love stories, one revisiting the romance of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII. Madonna admitted that everything about the project, which stars Abbie Cornish, was a challenge.
"There wasn't anything easy about it. I mean, absolutely nothing, it was all a challenge. From writing the screenplay to finding a great production team to surround myself with to casting," she told the BBC.
The outlet pressed her on the value of legacy. She'll arguably go down as a great pop icon, so why push it behind the camera?
"I love the art of filmmaking," she said. "I love film, I've always loved film. ... The other reason is I love new challenges. That's no secret."
Critics may not be thrilled, but if a fan were to walk away commending her directorial skills?
"That would be awesome."
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Madonna arrives on the "W.E" red carpet at the 68th Venice Film Festival on Thursday. Credit: Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters