There are actors who are opposed to superhero movies as a matter of principle. Others don’t want anything to do with those films due to the genre or a bad experience. And then there is Jessica Chastain: after her statement on Dark Phoenix on the podcast Happy Sad Confused we learned that the actress doesn’t want to be anywhere near superheroes or colorful costumes.
“Should we talk about this?” was Chastain’s reaction when asked about Simon Kinberg’s film, which resulted in an overwhelming critical and box office failure. “Oscar [Isaac] and I have definitely talked about this,” she adds, recalling that her schoolmate also had his share of mutant sufferings in X-Men: Apocalypse.
“I think the studio was bought at a certain point,” Chastain recalls. The actress alludes to the merging of Fox and Disney, which left the Dark Phoenix project in no man’s land, and provides an interesting example of the extent of the chaos: “I didn’t even know what my character’s name was until I saw the film. What’s happening?”
Despite this, Jessica Chastain takes a conciliatory approach to her memories. “It was an interesting thing. Simon Kinberg, who directed it, is an incredible human being, and I’ve worked with him again [on The 355]; I love him.”
Now, after having gone through that shoot, the actress is very clear about what her future relationship with the superhero genre would be, in case their paths crossed again. “Give me a supervillain; I don’t want to be a superhero because if you’re a superhero, you’re doing ten films. I don’t want to sign a ten-year contract.”