Time’s Up for Jessica Chastain’s appearance in the upcoming Canadian flick The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The drama’s director Xavier Dolan released a lengthy and uber PC statement explaining that Chastin’s removal from Donovan post-shooting has nothing to do with her performance and everything to do with her role simply working against the overall flow of the movie. So basically Chastain won’t even have anything to clap back against on Twitter. It’s one thing if you get edited out of a movie for taking some sort of bold political stance IRL or molesting fourteen-year-old boys. But to be so superfluous and forgettable that a director actively edits you out of his movie, and then releases an overly apologetic statement that’s now made it onto headlines across the Internet? Not to be dramatic but I’d kill myself. Dolan explains:
What you need to hear from me is that Jessica Chastain’s character, after what was a long period of reflection, had to be cut from the film. It was an extremely difficult decision to make. I feel, toward Jessica, a very sincere love, and a great admiration. The decision was editorial and narrative, in that it has nothing to do with a performance, and everything to do with a character, and the compatibility of its storyline. This ‘villain’ subplot, albeit funny and entertaining, didn’t feel like it belonged to the rest of the story, which ended up not being on heroes or their nemesis, bur [sic] rather on childhood, and its dreams.
Jessica has, since the very beginning, defended this project, and defended me on so many occasions. She is a terrific actress, a politically engaged artist, what is more, who relentlessly champions the causes she believes in. She is respected by her peers, and beloved by her public.
“Beloved by her public.” Well now he’s just being ridiculous. The only thing that could possibly make this better is if Jessica “Transformative Social Change” Chastain got cut while a jizz-encrusted ginger dish rag half her age kept her role in the same movie. And, guess what, in walks Bella Thorne In My Side, who will still be appearing in The Death and Life of John F. Donovan alongside the likes of Susan Sarandon, Kit Harrington, and Natalie Portman. Chastain gets edited out. Thorne stays. I can’t say Dolan has the most discerning taste in women, but he certainly made my Monday.
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