Steven Soderbergh, Director of ‘Traffic” and ‘Ocean’s Eleven’: ‘I can see the end of my career’
How refreshing that a film director of such standing as Steven Soderbergh, whose cinematic output has been an array of topics and styles while still bearing his individual stamp, can recognize, or even consider, that his interests might no longer coincide with those of the movie-going public. His biopic, Che, starring Benicio del Toro as Che Guevara, was a box office failure despite its ostensibly popular topic and $58m pricetag. Soderbergh’s exit, if he in fact chooses to follow through on his provocative statement, will be a great loss to Hollywood, whose biggest hits lately have been vacuous affairs featuring dim-witted-but-lovable douche bags (The Hangover, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Role Models, etc).
Soderbergh’s last film, the stylized The Girlfriend Experience, took a chance by featuring Sasha Grey, a real-life hard-core porn actress, as its lead. The movie felt more European in its subtlety and stands as proof that Soderbergh can do big-budget Hollywood in one breath, and a modest art film in the next.