Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 star Will Poulter discussed Hollywood’s unhealthy obsession with the way people look and how attractive they are.
In an interview with GQ, Poulter shared how strange and unnecessary it was when people began dissecting his physical appearance online in an attempt to figure out if he was attractive or not. “I am very comfortable and secure in the knowledge that I’m not conventionally attractive as I’ve always had remarks about looking unusual — whether it’s my eyebrows or whatever else, people have made a thing of that… I think it just speaks to a wider issue, of: Why are we discussing or spending so much time discussing people’s physical appearance?”
The actor added that a major reason for people to fixate on an actor’s physical appearance is because “social media has promoted the idea that everyone’s opinion on everything matters equally.” He also noted that this scrutiny was much more severe for women and that his “male privilege” has protected him from a certain kind of objectification.
Poulter has been the subject of many memes where fans have highlighted his transformation from earlier roles in his career like We’re The Millers. The actor stated in the recent interview that fans have approached him in public with similar comments. Speaking about one particular incident, he recounted, “It’s a little bit hard to not accept that as, ‘You were ugly for the best part of your life, and now things are looking up a bit!’ I don’t know if that’s just me being cynical, but it’s hard to not take it as a backhanded compliment. People say it like it’s positive, but it could also contribute to a complex.”
Will Poulter is Adam Warlock
Poulter has appeared in major titles over the last few years, including films such as Midsommar and the recently-released Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. He recently entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Adam Warlock, who was previously teased at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 back in 2017. The film released to positive reviews from critics and fans alike, with many considering it to be a satisfying conclusion to the GOTG trilogy.
No future appearances by Adam Warlock have yet been announced, though Poulter previously expressed a willingness to reprise the role, should the opportunity arise. However, no such opportunities have yet presented themselves, with Poulter stating, “You know, I don’t honestly know what the plan is, I mean that is, hand on heart, you know the truth.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is playing in theaters now.
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