Jonathan Majors Refuses To Watch His Own MCU Movie
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Jonathan Majors Refuses To Watch His Own MCU Movie

In A Recent Interview With Black Girl Nerds During The Promotion Of Ant-Man 3, Jonathan Major Revealed That He Does Not Watch His Own Movie.

By Aryan Pandey
February 19,2023

Jonathan Majors’ career is ready to take off with the release of “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” Majors plays Kang the Conqueror, the next Thanos-sized antagonist of the Marvel Universe, whose storyline will last until at least “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” in 2025.

Ant-Man 3 has indeed been released as the MCU’s first Phase 5 film, featuring Kang the Conqueror, the ultimate villain of the entire multiverse saga. After his first appearance in Loki in 2021, Majors returns to portray the second variant of this character. This variant is just one of numerous others that will steal the show in Phases 5 and 6.

Major has been excited and vocal about his role in the MCU as he prepares for one of the most important roles in the history of comic book movies; however, he admitted that he has embraced an interesting filming process.

Jonathan Majors Avoids Watching His Own Movies

Jonathan Majors - Marvel Studios

Jonathan Majors – Marvel Studios

Recently, Majors spoke with Black Girl Nerds to promote Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The Ant-Man 3 star admitted that he doesn’t watch his own films, even his Marvel debut in theaters.

The interviewer asked if Majors watches his own movies for self-criticism. The “Ant-Man 3” star told that he spends every single day of shooting with full commitment and that he “has a practice of not watching the film,” which he also mentioned to “Ant-Man 3” director Peyton Reed:

“I bring myself to it. 100%. You can’t do 110, that’s not real. 100%. I throw myself into it emotionally, socially, intellectually, but I leave it all there on the day. I have a practice of not watching the film, so… that practice begins in not watching playback. [I] don’t watch it… It is of no consequence to my process. And I’ve told… I remember telling Peyton Reed a couple days in the shooting, I said, ‘Listen, I don’t watch them. I don’t watch playback and I won’t watch the film.’”

Majors just does his best work and tries to avoid returning for any more recording or filming at a later time so that he is “not depending on someone to tidy [him] up in the edit”:

“Who knows, things change. I may. This whole philosophy may change, so all I have is what happens on the day… I’m not depending on anybody to clean me up in the edit. I’m hoping I don’t have to do ADR either. I mean, [I] will do, but this is it for me, you know? And there’s a certain amount of desperation when I’m working and focus on the moment that I don’t want to recall it or critique it. Maybe, I would come across the project that requires that, but that’s all I have so I try to keep it as concentrated as I can.”

Majors revealed that he followed the same approach for his work on Loki, even refusing to view the episode after it aired on Disney+. Also emphasizing that he had not watched the film and would not do so after its release, Majors said the following in an interview with Josh Horowitz of MTV:

Horowitz: “You just, a couple days ago, had a ginormous world premiere for this movie. Did you watch it, Jonathan? Have you seen the movie?”

Majors: “I have not seen the movie. I love the movie.”

Horowitz: “I’m so disappointed in you.”

Majors: “I’m so sorry, papa. (laughs)”

Majors clarified that part of it is that he does not want to know what particular shots the crew uses in the film, because he does not want to be restricted in what he does with the character as a whole.

Horowitz: “Here’s my argument. Can I make my argument? Because especially in something like this, as you well know, the artists that bring so much are after the fact. I mean you made one movie, they made another movie. And it’s the marriage of it all. Don’t you wanna see what happened, what it turned into?”

Majors: “Specifically in the Kang matrix, it’s important for me, because we can’t help but be impacted by it, right? Imagine, I’ve done the movie, but then I watch and go, ‘Oh, you picked that take?’ That then limits me. And I go, ‘Oh, apparently,’ subconsciously, ’That’s what I’m supposed to do.’”

Horowitz: “You’ve made the choice for me, so I’m gonna go down that way–”

Majors: “Yeah.”

Horowitz: “–And as opposed to kind of still embracing your own instincts.”

Majors: “As a good collaborator, I’m gonna go, ‘Okay, that’s what I’ll do now,’ which potentially, for me, could limit what I could do.”

Major might now benefit from his decision not to watch the movie. But he may have to change his strategy in the near future, knowing that he needs to be at his best in his role, which will span the following two MCU phases.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is now in theaters worldwide.


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