To the Editor:
In the past month, I have seen much media attention paid to the film “Monster” and even more attention paid to Charlize Theron’s “brave” performance.
People are curious about the film and it’s getting more and more people in the theater. But I still haven’t seen it, nor will I ever. Why? Because I am tired of supporting the casting of pretty stars in roles that could have easily given a fresher face/lesser known actress the chance to really show their talents. And then watching the industry support the same mindset by heaping acclaim on them for “baring their souls” and “choosing challenging roles.”
I’m a believer in the ideal that, if you have a good script and good director with a wealth of material for an actor to draw inspiration from (letters penned by the real Aileen Wuornos, an old documentary by Nick Brumfield, newspapers account and the like) that you have the material to give any actress the chance to shine. You do not have to give them a crutch by subjecting them to hours of makeup in order for them to achieve a performance. If she was such a great fit for the part and such a great actress, why the makeup? Of course. To help people forget that she’s an attractive ex-model and not right for the role.
I understand that Stacy Jenkins is a first-time filmmaker and that she needs to sell the film, but going for marquee value just to feed the ego of a movie star/actress like Theron shows how desperate filmmakers are nowadays to get a film made. To cast a pretty person and then have her then use prosthetics, gain weight and wear contact lenses is lazy, realities of the marketplace or otherwise. Because it is nothing more than a gimmick, a circus sideshow that draws people in because their more curious about how that pretty person “uglied themselves up” to be play an ugly role.
This is not a $100 million film. This is supposed to be an independent film. How about having more confidence in your script and subject matter?