“I love some of his movies very much,” Christopher Plummer said at the Newsweek awards season roundtable, “but the problem with Terry is he needs a writer, desperately. He insists on overwriting until it sounds terribly pretentious…and he edits his films in such a way that he cuts everyone out of them.”
"Terry gets terribly involved in poetic shots, which are gorgeous, they are paintings, all of them, but he gets lost in that and the stories get diffused," Plummer continued. "Particularly in 'The New World.' The first half hour of that film is sheer magic to look at…but then the story starts to [wander]."
"I was put in all sorts of different spots and suddenly my character was not in the scene that I thought I was in, in the editing room. It was very strange. It completely unbalances everything. And a very emotional scene that I had suddenly became background noise," Plummer said about his experience, adding that afterward, he wrote him a letter. “I gave him shit. I’ll never work with him again.”
This is hardly the first time Plummer, who plays Captain Newport in the film, has spoken out about his tough time shooing "The New World." He's previously said that Malick was more interested in shooting osprey than any actual scenes for the movie (a comparison he brings up again here). It's also interesting to see George Clooney, who featured in "The Thin Red Line," particularly enjoy Plummer's assessment of Malick.
Anyway, take a look at the full video below. Bonus: also included below that is Michael Fassbender's impression of Quentin Tarantino (it's towards the very end of that video).