Celebrities Defend ‘Succession’ Star Jeremy Strong

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It’s been a week since Jeremy Strong New Yorker Profile posted, I call it: It’s time for Jeremy’s powerful speech to die.

In case you somehow avoided this story, here’s a quick summary: It started with a profile in which one was created Succession The actor described his acting style as follows: “I can’t work in such a way that I feel like I’m making a TV show. I need, for whatever reason, to believe it’s real and commit myself to that sense of faith.” You ask how he “committed”? There are plenty of examples in the article, like the time he injured his leg while jumping off stage while filming Season 3 of Succession (shot not used), or how he broke his foot running in Tom Ford formal shoes even though they weren’t necessary for filming.

Of course, the most shocking tales were the most widespread: the story of his appearance on the set the judge for the funeral scene, walking around and crying out loud even though it’s not actually on the call-paper; Request to spray tear gas on a group Chicago trial 7. Some thought it was funny – proof that Strong was the Emmy Award-winning actor’s version of Kendall Roy himself. Others thought he was extreme and made it hard to deal with. But what we can all agree on is that the profile delivered a fun few days of online discourse with wild quotes from our favorites. Succession Train wreck. And then, celebrities got engaged.

first, Jessica Chastain tweeted Her defense, saying in part, “The profile he appeared on was incredibly one-sided. Don’t believe everything you people read. Snark sells out but maybe it’s time we got past that.” She later explained that, as a friend and co-worker, she felt that the profile was “in no way representative of the man that it is”. continued, “All selected quotes felt ‘cherry’ to create the image the writer was posing.” Three days later, I shared a long statement from Chicago trial 7 Director Aaron Sorkin, who wanted to move it all back and forth with profile writer, Michael Schulman. “I believe I helped Mr. Shulman create what I believe to be a distorted image of Jeremy asking us to turn our eyes to the acting process,” he wrote, posting their entire Q&A email.

It is not clear to me what exactly Sorkin hoped to achieve by launching the full stock exchange. For example, the quote used in the profile about tear gas – “I don’t like saying no to Jeremy, but there were 200 people in that scene and 70 other people on the crew so I refused to spray them with poison gas” – doesn’t really lack any context other than The fact that Sorkin confirmed the tale. However, the writer and director added some clarification to his initial statements, saying, “Let me be clear, Jeremy would never suggest endangering a cast member, crew, or anyone else. It was something he mentioned in passing and I was telling the story affectionately and as a way of demonstrating his commitment.” . Sounds like something he could have said without accusing the profile author of creating a “distorted image of Jeremy,” but sure.

As soon as the media picked up Sorkin’s statement, others joined in. On Saturday, December 11, Succession Co-creator Adam McKay He tweeted, “Jeremy is not only a beautiful guy but a brilliant actor who participated in it Succession Precisely because of his passion New Yorker The writer scoffs.” Later that day, Anne Hathaway sent “some love” to Strong on Instagram, writing in part, “He is an incredibly talented and creative artist, fully engaged and committed to the set, as well as a passionate and extroverted person in life. I find all of these things inspiring.”

Now it is Sunday, December 12th. It’s been a whole week since the profile was posted, and I’m begging celebs, please make this an end. I understand that Strong’s friends and collaborators want to defend him, but at this point, only Strong’s every defense keeps the rhetoric going. It’s exhausting and totally uninteresting. Please, for the love of Kendall Roy’s hat, let it die so we can enjoy Succession The season ended in peace.

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