Director Jon M Chu Still Can't Enjoy Success Of Crazy Rich Asians Because He's Haunted By Past Flops

After a series of flops, Jon M Chu taught himself to ignore the critics and box-office figures.

Jon M Chu can't enjoy the success of Crazy Rich Asians because he taught himself not to focus on critics or the box office.

The 40-year-old filmmaker admitted seeing his previous movies — including the likes of 2015's Jem and the Holograms — get "s**t on" meant he had to compartmentalise his emotions when it comes to assessing his own work.

Speaking to Variety's '#REPRESENT: Success Stories' series, he said: "I got torn a new one.

"Plus, all my movies, I feel like they always get ripped on, from Step Up 2, to Step Up 3, to the [Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never] — they all get s**t on...

"It's why it was hard to actually accept its success, because I had already decided in my own life that I wasn't going to depend on the critics, and I wasn't going to depend on the box office."

Crazy Rich Asians — which has two sequels in the works — was released in 2018 and became the highest grossing romantic comedy since 2009, while it was also the first major studio film to feature a majority cast of Asian descent in a modern setting for 25 years.

While Chu has "recently" been able to "sort of recognise" its impact, he is still in a mindset which won't allow him to really "enjoy it".

He explained: "[I decided] I was just going to make the thing, and I was going to focus on my next thing.

"Only recently am I really able to actually sort of recognise it, but I still can't enjoy it, because I already made a decision in my life not to let that part give me satisfaction, I guess."

The director has recently been working on a big screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical In The Heights, but the ongoing coronavrius pandemic means the movie was pushed back until next year.

Chu previously tweeted: "I know it's much later than we wanted but In the Heights didn't take 10 years to get made only to be left in half empty theaters w/out the crowd it deserves!! (sic)" 

Watch the full interview here:

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