Brie Larson worried she was ‘the worst choice’ for Captain Marvel

Brie Larson initially worried she’d make an unsuitable action star when she was hired to play Captain Marvel.Producers from Marvel Studios confirmed the actress would be portraying the superhero back in June 2016, making her the first woman to play the…

Brie Larson initially worried she’d make an unsuitable action star when she was hired to play Captain Marvel.

Producers from Marvel Studios confirmed the actress would be portraying the superhero back in June 2016, making her the first woman to play the title character in a Marvel movie.

The first photo of Brie suited up as Captain Marvel was released on Wednesday (05Sep18), in which she posed on the cover of Entertainment Weekly wearing a red and blue metallic costume as balls of energy radiated from her fists.

Though Brie certainly looks the part, she admitted in an accompanying chat with the publication that she had her reservations about taking on the role.

“I was an introvert with asthma before this movie,” she laughed. “I really thought when they hired me, ‘I am the worst choice for an action movie.’ And I didn’t know that I had a little Keanu Reeves in me! Who knew?”

Aside from physical capability, there was another more personal reason Brie was unsure about accepting the gig.

“I never saw myself doing something like this, mostly because I like being anonymous,” explained the 28-year-old, who won her first Academy Award in 2016 for her leading role in Room. “I like disappearing into characters, and I always felt like if I was out in the public eye too much, it potentially limits you in the future.”

However, Brie is now fully immersed in the iconic role, and having previously described Captain Marvel as “a symbol of strength” for women everywhere, she can’t help but admire the figure she is embodying.

“Just seeing a character who says how she feels and says what’s on her mind and doesn’t let people stand in her way is incredibly empowering,” she smiled.

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Brie Larson advocates for more diverse critics at film events

Brie Larson has called on film festival officials to invite a diverse range of critics to events.The Room actress made a plea for more inclusivity in movie criticism as she collected the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film at the Women in Film Crystal…

Brie Larson has called on film festival officials to invite a diverse range of critics to events.

The Room actress made a plea for more inclusivity in movie criticism as she collected the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards held in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (13Jun18).

During her speech, Brie cited research the University of Southern California (USC) released earlier this week which reported that film critics are “overwhelmingly” white and male.

“I don’t need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work about A Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him! I want to know what it meant to women of colour, biracial women, to teen women of colour,” she said, according to USA Today. “Am I saying I hate white dudes? No, I am not. What I am saying is if you make a movie that is a love letter to women of colour, there is an insanely low chance a woman of colour will have a chance to see your movie and review your movie.”

Researchers from USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative studied reviews of the 100 top-grossing films of 2017 that were posted on the aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. Of the over 19,500 reviews shared, 77.8 per cent were by male critics and 22.2 per cent were by female critics. In addition, female critics from minority groups accounted for just 4.1 per cent of reviews.

“It really sucks that reviews matter – but reviews matter. Good reviews out of festivals give small, independent films a fighting chance to be bought and seen. Good reviews help films gross money, good reviews slingshot films into awards contenders,” the star said, going on to reference her 2015 independent drama Room, for which she won her Academy Award. “A good review can change your life. It changed mine.”

During her speech, Brie also announced that both the Sundance and Toronto film festivals will now allocate 20 per cent of press credentials to underrepresented journalists.

Frances McDormand, a proponent of the inclusion rider concept, acted as a presenter, while others honoured at the event included the female cast of Marvel superhero movie Black Panther, actress Alexandra Shipp, ABC president Channing Dungey as well as Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney, the Grammy Award-winning songwriting and production team behind Nova Wav.

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Brie Larson to be honoured at Crystal + Lucy Awards

Actress Brie Larson will be honoured at the 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards. The Room star will be saluted with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film at the annual Women in Film event, where she will be joined by X-Men: Apocalypse’s Alexandra Shipp, who…

Actress Brie Larson will be honoured at the 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards.

The Room star will be saluted with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film at the annual Women in Film event, where she will be joined by X-Men: Apocalypse’s Alexandra Shipp, who will be named Max Mara’s Face of the Future, following in the footsteps of 2017 honouree, actress Zoey Deutch.

Grammy-winning music duo Nova Wav will receive the Crystal Award for Artistic Excellence, and ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey will be feted with the Lucy Award for TV.

This year, the Crystal + Lucy Awards, which celebrate women who excel in their chosen fields, will also include a segment recognising leading voices in Hollywood’s movement for gender equality and pay parity, presented by veteran actress and 2018 Oscar winner Frances McDormand, reports Variety.com.

“Throughout its history, Women in Film has focused its efforts on the kind of gender advocacy that is now sweeping through the screen industries like a tidal wave,” Cathy Schulman, president of Women in Film, Los Angeles, shares in a statement.

“The theme of this year’s Crystal + Lucy Awards Gala is ‘Ignited’, referencing the tipping point we’re living in and Women in Film’s responsibility as a thought leader to keep the flame burning for a sustainable future – freed from the constraints of gender bias.”

The 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards will take place on 13 June (18) at the Beverly Hilton in California.

Actresses Elizabeth Banks and Tracee Ellis Ross were among those to receive prizes at last year’s event.

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