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The Bear's Jeremy Allen White Doesn't Regret His Disastrous Superhero Movie Meeting

Jeremy Allen White is on top of the world right now. His Emmy-nominated comedy-drama series "The Bear" was just renewed for a third season. And later this Christmas, he's set to have a potential big-screen breakout role in Sean Durkin's wrestling drama "The Iron Claw," a film where he stars alongside Zac Efron. For White, who became a name to look out for after his decade-long stint as Phillip "Lip" Gallagher on "Shameless," all the stars seem to be aligning. Like most actors who are racking up clout, he was afforded an opportunity to discuss a role in a superhero film. Unfortunately, White botched it, but he has no regrets. 

While chatting with GQ for a profile piece, White opened up about how he had an initial chat about a superhero-centric project. "I had a meeting for a kind of Marvel-y movie, and I had an attitude," the actor teased, not revealing which project the preliminary conversation was for.  "I think I played it all wrong," White also said he had doubts about doing the movie, though when he vocalized this skepticism, the people behind the project chose not to give him the gig. "They were like, '[Expletive] you,'" he remembered. Yikes!

But the actor doesn't seem to care that he's not part of the superhero machine, telling the outlet that he's okay with the way things went down. "I played it the way I wanted to play it," White confidently added. 

Jeremy Allen White is confused about superhero movies

Superhero movies are big business. While so-called "superhero fatigue" is becoming an increasingly damning reality for Hollywood, these films are still raking in big bucks at the box office. In 2023 alone, the genre accounted for over $1 billion at the domestic box office — that's a lot of dollars for a type of film that audiences seem to be losing interest in. At this point, Oscar and Emmy-winning actors are headlining superhero projects.

But Jeremy Allen White is dumbfounded as to how his fellow colleagues let it get to the point where starring in a superhero film is a barometer for success. "I am confused at how the pinnacle of an actor's career has ended up in that place," the actor told GQ. But the outlet noted that White said that in 2022 — he's since changed his mind and that might be for the best. "They get really good filmmakers to do those movies and obviously they get really good actors to do those movies," he said.

Despite how he now sees things in a different light, White admitted that he's still more interested in making lower-budget dramas, projects that rarely seem to get made these days. Thanks to the popularity of "The Bear," which turned White from an intriguing actor to a household name, he now has the ability to make risky but perhaps more creatively compelling choices. With the release of "The Iron Claw," audiences will hopefully be able to appreciate the type of actor White wants to be.