Mila Kunis Knew ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Would Be a Flop Before Filming

Mila Kunis brings the "Jupiter Ascending" controversy back to earth.
The 'Happiest Girl Alive' actress reflected in 2015 on the infamous sci-fi drama helmed by the Wachowskis, creators of 'The Matrix.' Channing Tatum played her wolfman protector with Eddie Redmayne as the intergalactic villain in the futuristic dystopia. "Jupiter Ascending" was slaughtered upon release by critics, with some even speculating that the Wachowskis' career could end.
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“When did we know [that the film was going to fail]? Before we started production because our production was cut in half," Kunis told Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. "And so the original budget was double that, and you can do a lot more with a lot more money, and often these types of scripts have a very good plot but other things that are extraordinary. Just prior to pre-production, the budget was cut with studios and other things for a variety of reasons, and the film was different.”
Kunis added, "I wish Channing was here because we have some good stories."
"Jupiter Ascending" was produced on a budget of over $170 million with an estimated loss of more than $100 million at the box office. At the time of the film's release, lead actress Kunis chose to eat a cow's tongue instead of revealing why she signed on for the film or even explaining its plot while on The Late Late Show with James Corden .
Co-star Tatum told Variety earlier this year that Jupiter Ascending was a "nightmare" from the start.
“I shot four films in a row without a break. I haven't been as good as I wanted to be in the last two films because I didn't have the energy," Tatum admitted. "Jupiter Ascending was a nightmare from the start. It was a sideways film. We've been there every seven months and blasted our hump. It was just tough.”
Redmayne similarly looked back on his career in a GQ video, calling his role in Jupiter Ascending "pretty bad," which understandably won a Razzie Award for Worst Actor.
"I won an award for it - for the worst performance of the year," said the Oscar winner. “So yeah, it was a pretty poor performance in every way. The people who hate my work tend to like "Jupiter Ascending" among my performances. In hindsight, maybe it was too much. But I love the Wachowskis. I've never felt so free on set."
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