Do movie directors pander to their base just like politicians?
Consider the car.
The Prius could never play "Bullitt." Perhaps, with judiciously placed decals, it could be a stand-in for the yellow VW bus in "Little Miss Sunshine." The car has no sex appeal. Even with divine intervention when God drove a Prius in "Evan Almighty" lightning did not strike. The hybrid did not become a star.
Check out the current movies. Do you see a Prius in "Speed Racer?" Or "Indiana Jones?" The fleet of Mini Coopers in "The Italian Job" could never be replaced with the hybrid.
Cue the Crown Victoria. It seems to be the director’s choice, perhaps because it can go both ways as cop car or taxi. If you want to know more...
Wait. While you are filling your beloved gas hog, know this: Emile Hirsch, the driver in "Speed Racer" prefers a Prius in real life. Ditto Cameron Diaz, etc. etc. It says something that the stars drive ‘em but the directors don’t much want hybrids in their films. Again with the pandering.
Interestingly, in "The Nines," every car (except squad) was a Prius. The indy grossed just $63,000.
Meanwhile, the Toyota Prius continues its reign as the world’s number one best selling hybrid. Toyota doesn’t need the help.
The planet does.