While sitting with Howard Stern this week, Emily Blunt squashed rumors that she and husband John Krasinski would play opposite each other in a Fantastic Four reboot. She told Stern that superhero movies are "not up [her] alley."
She continues, "That is fan-casting. No one has received a phone call... That's just people saying, 'Wouldn't that be great?'"
Blunt didn't stop there, making sure people knew that she didn't think these movies or roles were beneath her, but that she wasn't sure the genre could still be fresh.
"I love Iron Man and when I got offered Black Widow, I was obsessed with Iron Man. I wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr. It would've been amazing," Blunt said. "But I don't know if superhero movies are for me. They're not up my alley. I don't like them. I really don't."
She went on to say, "It's been exhausted."
We have wondered if the genre was overdone too, as recently as January.
Blunt said, "We are inundated—it's not only all the movies, it's the endless TV shows as well. It's not to say that I'd never want to play one, it would just have to be something so cool and like a really cool character, and then I'd be interested."
It's hard not to agree with Blunt here. While it was the mediocre Gulliver's Travels that kept her from playing Black Widow, after being offered the role, she's gone on to take a lot of chances and flex her acting muscles in big and small features. Her work in A Quiet Place and Edge of Tomorrow shows she can work in blockbusters just as well as indies.
And it does seem like we have a lot of superhero content lately. While the movies and shows have not suffered in terms of ratings and box office returns, I wonder how many times we can reinvent the wheel without it getting tired and overused.
I am excited for whatever Blunt does next. I hope Hollywood emphasizes more original filmmaking and stories, and that more actors like Blunt take chances on those roles.
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