Jeremy Allen White conveyed his perplexity to GQ magazine regarding the current course mapped out for budding stars in Hollywood. It seems that whenever a young actor achieves a significant presence in pop culture, they are swiftly recruited by Marvel or DC to become a part of a superhero movie universe. He cited the case of Riz Ahmed, who transitioned from being an Emmy winner for “The Night Of” to portraying a villain in “Venom.” When White initially met Ahmed, it was the latter who asked, “When are you going to do a Marvel thing?”
White, whose career has experienced a surge in recent years due to his acclaimed performance on FX’s “The Bear,” disclosed to GQ that he did have a discussion for a significant Hollywood blockbuster, but it didn’t proceed as expected.
“I had a meeting for a kind of Marvel-y movie, and I had an attitude,” White said. “I think I played it all wrong.”
White mentioned that he carried his doubts about the project into the meeting and questioned the executives, saying, “Tell me about why I should do your movie.” The response wasn’t positive. “They were like, ‘Fuck you.’ And I was like, ‘Right on,’” recounted the actor.
“I am confused at how the pinnacle of an actor’s career has ended up in that place,” White commented on the superhero movie genre. “They get really good filmmakers to do those movies and obviously they get really good actors to do those movies…I played it the way I wanted to play it.”
Jeremy Allen White reveals he had a meeting for a Marvel movie but it did not go well because he showed his skepticism in front of the execs:
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White explained his preference for participating in the kind of “$25 million drama that I think most actors want to make” rather than large-scale superhero films. In his upcoming project, A24’s “The Iron Claw,” a sports drama exploring the Von Erich wrestling family legacy, directed by Sean Durkin of “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “The Nest” fame, White assumes the role of Kerry Von Erich. This wrestler’s professional journey was disrupted due to a motorcycle accident. In an interview with GQ magazine last year, White disclosed that he underwent a rigorous transformation, gaining 40 pounds of muscle to portray the real-life wrestler.
After the remarkable success of “The Bear,” White was pursued for several projects, receiving “four A24 scripts” on his table. From these options, he opted for “The Iron Claw,” a choice he made after the show’s immense triumph. At the moment, he’s steering clear of superhero movies.
“The Iron Claw” premieres in theaters on December 22.