Gillan attends the LA premiere of Jumanji on December 11.
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Karen Gillan is slowly becoming one of the most trusted action looks around. The Scottish actress, who threw herself into the mainstream through Doctor Who in 2010, has had a busy year, repeating her role as the vicious Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, and now occupying the front seat in Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle. The big budget restart, in cinemas on December 20, is decidedly more action-packed than the original Robin Williams movie of the '90s. This time, it takes its main characters to the vibrant and violent world of a video game . And yes- it's fun!
In the film, four teenagers are absorbed by the bodies of the avatars of video games. Gillan plays Ruby Roundhouse, the avatar of Lara Croft-esque for a girl named Martha, a shy and intelligent high school student who would rather stay alone. Gillan chews his screen time with co-stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas, presenting the most impressive and complex fight scenes of the movie . However, when the first still images of the reboot were released, a small controversy was born when the fans could see Gillan's disguise. Like Roundhouse, she's dressed in shorts and a tight, low-cut shirt that exposes her stomach. It seemed an insidious Hollywood case being Hollywood forcing a female action character to wear an unnecessarily revealing and impractical disguise.
"I do not know if he expected that kind of controversy around him," says Gillan Vanity Fair with a smile. "However, I have to say that I think everyone had a point, to look at the image out of context is ridiculous, and that is exactly the point we are making with it."
When the first trailer for the movie was released, it became clear that Gillan's character was ] as well outraged by his disguise, which pretends to make fun of the ridiculous sexism of past video games. The team of Jumanji wanted to make fun of this particular trope, says Gillan, turning the "male fantasy" in his head (although he still has to get dressed for most of the movie).  "That was the idea behind this, [but] to get a reaction like that, I do not necessarily see that as something negative at all," he continued. "If we can provoke any debate about gender equality from something we do, then I think that's probably a good thing."
Let it also be known, however, that Gillan literally had to suffer for that appearance. All her exposed skin became a party for the mosquitoes in the Hawaii tropical set of the film, and the actress ended up being "covered" in bites. "I'm Scottish and my skin is pale," he says, joking that the mosquitoes knew that "fresh meat" was nearby. I could not "put insect repellent on him, either, because I had to have a full-body fake tan, so I could not mix the insecticide with him, without the tan."
"It was like a battle between fake tan versus insect repellent against sunscreen, "he adds.
Although a large part of the cast was too busy to enjoy their downtime in Hawaii, Gillan says that she, Jonas and Black would take dinners once in a while and join food deliciously. the team was assembled, everyone was trying to imitate Gillan's distinctive Scottish accent For the record: Black was decent, Johnson was OK, and Hart was terrible. "It seems completely Cockney, like Dick Van Dyke, ", says the actress "I do not know what's going on there."
While the original Jumanji has a special place in the hearts of almost everyone who came of age in the 90s, G Illan says it is one of his favorite movies of all. "It's in my three best movies of all time," she says. The other two movies are-drumroll, please- 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange.
"You need one of nostalgia," he explains. Jumanji certainly fits in the bill.