Why Jennifer Connelly thinks her looks held up her career
Jennifer Connelly may have channeled the ’80s as Tom Cruise’s adventurous love interest Penny in the late “Top Gun: Maverick.” But for much of the actor’s career, she focused on more serious films and dramas. In fact, “Top Gun” is arguably the lightest movie Connelly has made since “The Labyrinth” and even that movie featured goblins kidnapping a toddler. (Not to mention David Bowie in tights).
Part of that movie is magic created by the design. Connelly has always been notoriously picky when it comes to her movie roles. She’s even taken time off between movies because she’d rather focus on her family than in a movie that wasn’t right for her. In an interview with the guard, she said: “I have to spend the whole year with my kids and my husband. And that’s great. My job really suits me.” Not that all the movies Connelly signs for are critical darlings. She starred in two flops, “Creation” and “Shelter” opposite real life husband Paul Bettany. The first received particularly scathing reviews. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette wrote for example, “Jennifer Connelly plays his wife, Emma. A missed opportunity.”
But many times, some movies have been out of the actor’s control or grasp. Connelly says her appearance has also influenced her career. According to the actor, she is not cast for certain roles.
Jennifer Connelly doesn’t play in comedies thanks to her looks
“Requiem for a Dream?” “A beautiful ghost?” Take your pick, but you have to admit that Jennifer Connelly has a knack for starring in some of the most devastating dramas. Unfortunately for the actor, Connelly believes that she is only cast in dramas because of her appearance. For that reason, she finds herself attracted to heavier material.
She said CBS Sunday morning“I don’t know. But I tend to get into dramas more. I think it’s my eyebrows. I look very serious. I look stern even when I’m not strict. When I don’t feel angry , I look a little angry. I can’t help it. It’s just my face.” She later confirmed that female that she should push to work on a comedy. “Right now I might have some trouble getting myself cast in a comedy, but I’d love to do one. I haven’t really done one as an adult.”
Fortunately, Connelly landed the lead role in a lighter affair when she appeared in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” But you probably wouldn’t recognize her. Connelly eventually provided the voice for Peter Parker’s AI system in his suit. Though she didn’t appear on screen, Connelly put on her comedic chops. She reportedly had a remarkably better time than the last time she tried a superhero movie.
Jennifer Connelly flops at the box office after Oscar win
The year 2002 was a big one for Jennifer Connelly as she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her lead role in “A Beautiful Mind.” The Oscars are, of course, the highest pinnacle in acting, but many viewers turned to see what the star could do after winning such a prestigious award. Unfortunately, Connelly decided to star in the critical and commercial flop ‘Hulk’.
To Connelly’s credit, the film was directed by Ang Lee, known for ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. He described the superhero film as something based on character and an ally of Connelly. In an interview with Sci-Fi WireConnelly said, “He said, ‘Well, it’s really a Greek tragedy. It’s basically a psychodrama.'”
in a interview with The GuardianConnelly expressed how disappointed she was with how the film turned out. “I can’t say I’m completely neutral about it,” she explained. “Who doesn’t want people to react positively to something they make? I want that too.” Luckily for Connelly, her career didn’t hit the mark. While you won’t see her in a straight comedy, Connelly continues to produce interesting characters, such as in “Top Gun: Maverick” and the TV show “Snowpiercer.”
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