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Samuel L. Jackson On Brie Larson: 'She Is Who She Is'

By Emma Chance | TV | June 27, 2023 |

By Emma Chance | TV | June 27, 2023 |


Samuel L. Jackson talked about his friendship with Brie Larson in an interview with Rolling Stone last week, explaining that the two became friends while filming Kong: Skull Island (which they both, apparently, did not enjoy).

When Larson was offered the role of Captain Marvel she asked Jackson, Mr. Marvel himself, if he thought joining the MCU was a good idea.

“And I was like, ‘Hell yeah! Let’s do it!’ But she’s not going to let any of that stuff destroy her,” Jackson said. “That stuff” being the online harassment Larson has experienced since she accepted the role.

“These incel dudes who hate strong women,” Jackson continued. “Or the fact that she’s a feminist who has an opinion and expressed it? Everybody wants people to be who they want them to be. She is who she is, and she’s genuinely that.”

The sexist treatment of Brie Larson on the internet and real life includes, but is not limited to:

1. Trolls editing stills from the 2018 Captain Marvel trailer so that Larson was smiling in every shot.

2. Trolls flooding the Captain Marvel Rotten Tomatoes page with low ratings in 2019.

3. Stuff like this.

3. Or this.

Larson is just another actress who made the mistake of accepting a starring role in a male-dominated franchise. Unfortunately, since franchises like Capt. Marvel and Fast & Furious have taken over the world, she might be destined to star in male-dominated action movies for the rest of her career. Her recent role in Fast X has been widely considered a disappointment.

“The films in the franchise have made it their habit to add more acts and characters, much to the fascination and dismay of fans who witness some great actors playing inconsequential roles,” writes Shreejit Nair of Collider.

Short of a total recall of the industry, it seems Larson is fighting a losing battle. At least she’s got Sam.