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Director Paul Feig Frustrated Over Leaked 'Last Christmas' Ending

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By Kasey Williams

Not to be confused with Wham!'s retro-pop 1980s hit "Last Christmas," director Paul Feig's romantic dramedy Last Christmas came out last fall with a relative whimper.

Considering his previous hits consist of such hits as Spy and The Heat, it's almost understandable that not all of his films would be hits.

No matter, Feig will continue on, although he may choose to be a little more cautious with his next project; he's still fuming over the people that leaked and perpetuated the film's final act twist.

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In an interview with Collider, Feig discussed his frustrations with the way the situation was handled.

"I wasn’t really frustrated that people were trying to guess it," Feig said. "What I was very frustrated with was that the media was just picking up on that and then putting out these theories, some of which were true, but printing them like spoilers, and I just had never seen that happen to another movie before where people, even though they didn’t know if it was that they were just actively trying to spoil something, you know what I mean?”

Giphy | Last Christmas

“It’s not like when Knives Out came out, people were like going, 'I bet so and so was the murderer.' So I didn’t quite understand why that was happening to a romantic comedy (laughs), so I found it very frustrating to be perfectly honest.”

Feig later confessed that he believes revealing Kate's (Emilia Clarke) illness in the trailer may have spurred on the theories, although he stopped short of putting the blame on the marketing team, particularly after the results of the test screenings.

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"I’ve had movies where I’ve been like, ‘Don’t give that away.’ Things that I think would drive people to see the movie, I sometimes won’t let into the trailer, and so I’ve got this movie that everything’s protected on, but not enough people go to see it<" Feig said. "That’s that weird trade-off you have to do as a commercial filmmaker."

"Making the movie is almost easy. The marketing is like the hardest thing in the world to get right because you just have to walk an absolute tightrope.”

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Regardless, the film still made $121 million worldwide against an alleged $25 million budget, including strong holiday season legs at the box office, so it'd be a stretch to call it a loss for Universal Pictures.

The third act twist was often cited among the things that critics disliked about the holiday romcom, with the film standing at a 46 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, although fans have it at 81%.

You can stream the film now on several major streaming services, including Amazon Prime, Google Play, and YouTube.

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