Alison Brie defends 'Promising Young Woman' costar Carey Mulligan for calling out Variety critic
Alison Brie stars alongside Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman. Rich Polk / Getty Images for IMDb
Last year Carey Mulligan said a Variety review implied she was "not hot enough" for the role.
Brie told Insiders that she found the now infamous review "outrageous" and "inappropriate".
"There are so many things to comment on that feels like fair play, but looks? It's kind of mind-blowing to me," she said.
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"GLOW" star Alison Brie is very proud to be part of the Oscar-nominated film "Promising Young Woman," but she is more proud of her co-star Carey Mulligan, who called a film critic who, in her opinion, hinted at has that she is "not hot enough" for her role.
"It was pretty outrageous," Brie, who made The Planet Oat Project press for Earth Day's initiative, told Insider the review. "I was really proud of Cary for talking about this because the idea is terrifying. Criticizing the critics who will continue to criticize your work for the rest of your career is a daunting idea."
In a New York Times profile released at the time the film was released in late December, Mulligan put up a Variety review by critic Dennis Harvey, which implied that Margot Robbie, the film's producer, would have been better suited to the Starring Cassandra.
"It's easy to imagine (perhaps too easily) that this role was once destined for [Robbie]," wrote Harvey. “While on this star Cassie wears her pickup bait gear like a bad move, even her long blonde hair seems to be on top. The flat American accent she delivers on her lower register also seems a bit meta, though it is not entirely clear what the quote about this achievement means. "
Carey Mulligan in "Promising Young Woman". Focus functions
Mulligan revealed in the Times story that the review drove her "so crazy" that she could still recite some of the lines from the review.
"It felt like they were saying I wasn't hot enough to pull off this kind of trick," said Mulligan. "I said, 'Really?' For this film, you're going to write something that's so transparent? Now? In 2020? 'I just couldn't believe it. "
Brie repeated Mulligan's thoughts.
"There are so many things to comment on that feels like fair play, but looks? It puzzles me that people think it's okay to criticize in an artistic space these days," said Brie. "It feels inappropriate."
After Mulligan spoke of the harsh review, Variety put an editor's note at the top of the review and apologized to the actress: "Variety sincerely apologizes to Carey Mulligan and deplores the insensitive language and allusion in our review of 'Promising Young Woman 'that has minimized their daring performance. "
(L-R) Carey Mulligan and Alison Brie at the 2020 premiere of "Promising Young Woman" at the Sundance Film Festival. Dia Dipasupil / Getty
"It was kind of a nod to all of us actors, like, 'Oh well, we can speak for ourselves sometimes when we feel like people are out of line," Brie said.
"Promising Young Woman," in which Mulligan appears as a woman seeking revenge for a traumatizing incident in her past (Brie's character is one of the people who can feel her anger), was nominated for five Academy Awards, including "Best Picture," " Best Director and Best Actress for Mulligan.
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