In a profile in the New York Times in December, Carey Mulligan was asked about initial reactions to her film “Promising Young Woman”, which took place during its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January last year. After Mulligan “won” the question, he replied.
“I had read Variety Review“Because I am a weak person,” he told the Times. She characterized the review as saying that it was “not hot enough to pull off such juice,” but added that she was not referring to it because her feelings were hurt: “It There was nothing egoistic – like, I can totally see that Margot Robbie is a goddess. “(The review suggested that Robbie, the creator of” Promising Young Woman “, might be a better choice for the role of Cassie.)
Since the Emerald Fennell film specifically underperformed femininity, it struck her as a particularly nonsensical film about writing critically in Mulligan’s “Promising Young Woman,” about which she was very deaf was. “It drove me very crazy,” Mulligan told the Times. “I was like, ‘Really? For this film, you’re going to write something that’s so transparent? Right now? In 2020?’ I just can’t believe it.”
Although the review, written by independent critic Dennis Harvey, was mostly positive, tthat Variety The newsroom agreed with Mulligan. Variety Finished adding an editor’s note at the top of the review, which read: “Variety sincerely apologize Carrie Mulligan And we regret the insensitive language and urges in our reviewPromising young lady He curtailed his courageous performance. “
During Mulligan’s conversation with Zendaya for Variety Actors on actors The series, presented by Amazon Studios, asks Zendaya about calling her Variety Outside, and our magazine’s subsequent apology. “Said beautifully, “Zendaya said after Mulligan was over.
We agree with that also. Here is Mulligan’s response in its entirety:
“I think it is important that the criticism is constructive. I think it is important that we are looking at the right things when it works, and we are looking at art, and we are looking at performance and the way we are making films. And I don’t think the presence of an actor or your personal choice does not go for what the actor does or looks like, who realizes that this article did.
“Which was disappointing for me, because obviously the film is like dealing with issues about our perceptions and our views about people. In a broader sense, I think there’s an element where we have seen women on screen so much Has long been the norm that I think we really lose sight of what women look like. When I worked with Steve McQueen on ‘Shame’, he said, what, exactly, we’re doing They are all holding a mirror. This is what we do as storytellers. “
“And I think if women constantly look at the screen and don’t look at themselves, it’s not helpful to women or anyone, really – that we’re not going to tell authentic stories. So I think Criticizing or kind of condemning the lack of attraction on my part in a character, it was not a personal slight, it was not something I felt. It didn’t hurt my ego, but it worried me It turned out that in such a big publication, the form of an actress could be criticized and it could be, you know, that could be accepted as completely reasonable criticism.
“I think it’s important to exclude those things, because they seem small and they seem insignificant. At that time people around me said, Oh, you know, finish it. whatever. It’s great – it’s a great review. Whatever: People like the movie.
“But it stuck with me, because I think it’s the moments of every day that add up – that means we start editing the way that women appear on screen, and we give them a certain Want to look at the way. We want to airbrush them, and we want them to look perfect. Or we want to edit the way they work, the way they move, and the way they think. And behave. And I think we need to portray real women on screen and in their complexity. So I felt that it was a small thing that could be helpful.
“I was really, I think, surprised, only because I felt like I didn’t know how to react to what I was saying. I certainly didn’t want to – to rock the boat with a big revelation Like nerve-racking. But at the same time, it feels like, you know, you’ve stood up for these things. Otherwise, it continues and then you’re essentially part of it.
“So I was really, really surprised and thrilled, and happy to get an apology. I found it in a way, kind of drew a line under it, and knew that it had a kind of effect. So it Was positive. “
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