Jonathan Majors, the standout star of MCU's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, is undeterred by the film's bad reviews. Despite the negative critiques, the picture grossed an outstanding $104 million at the US box office. The actor, who plays the ruthless Kang the Conquerer, says he doesn't allow negative feedback to influence how he perceives himself.
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Speaking in an interview with IndieWire's Screen Talk podcast, Majors said:
I'm a performance within a story. It's all data. One thing I will say to my team as we're leaving a premiere if they're reading reviews, I'll say, 'How's the movie doing?' I try to clean my plate and take care of my part. The response is: 'You're straight. You're good. They like you.' And they tell me about the movie.
Majors also spoke on the nature of film reviewers, recognizing that they are just individuals with prejudices and opinions. He highlighted that producing a film is a collective endeavor, with filmmakers and performers frequently putting in years of effort.
The 33-year-old added,
The artists and the filmmakers that made these movies invested years, sometimes, into the two hours and 15 minutes you see. I'm not saying be nice, I'm just saying understand it's a real transaction that's happening when you put pen to paper, you know?
The cast of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania includes Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Michael Douglas. Critics have given the film mixed reviews, with some appreciating the actors and others criticizing the narrative and pace. Despite the harsh criticism, the movie is still doing well at the box office.
Majors has received widespread praise for his parts in Lovecraft Country and The Last Black Man in San Francisco. In his performance as Kang the Conqueror, the actor solidifies his place as one of Hollywood's burgeoning stars. Majors insisted he isn't concerned with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania's bad reviews. "It's information. I am in the know. I won't play myself," he said. "If you are a critic on a level, I probably know you and understand your politics."
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