Kumail Nanjiani Reveals He Needed Therapy After Bad ‘Eternals‘ Reviews Kumail Nanjiani Reveals He Needed Therapy After Bad ‘Eternals’ Reviews
The Actor Says He Was ‘Too Aware’ Of The Negative Feedback And It Affected His Mental Health
Speaking on the podcast Inside of You, Nanjiani said: “The reviews were bad, and I was too aware of it. I was reading every review and checking too much.”
The actor, who played Kingo in the Film, said that the bad reviews were “really, really hard” because he and the rest of the cast had been on a global tour promoting the movie when the embargo on reviews lifted.
“I think there was some weird soup in the atmosphere for why that movie got slammed so much, and I think not much of it has to do with the actual quality of the movie,” he said.
“It was really hard, and that was when I thought it was unfair to me and unfair to [my wife] Emily, and I can’t approach my work this way anymore. Some shit has to change, so I started counseling. I still talk to my therapist about that.”
Nanjiani is not the first Marvel actor to speak out about the negative impact of bad reviews. In 2019, Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel, said that she had been “traumatized” by the backlash to her role.
“I think it’s important to remember that these are real people who are making these Movies,” she said. “And when you’re attacking them, you’re attacking a person.”
‘Eternals’ Was One Of The Lowest-Rated Marvel Movies
The Film, which was directed by Chloé Zhao, was released in November 2021 and received mixed reviews from critics.
It has a 47% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the lowest-rated Marvel Movies.
However, the Film was a commercial success, grossing over $400 million worldwide.
Nanjiani Has Since Starred In The Apple TV+ Series ‘Schmigadoon!’
Since ‘Eternals‘, Nanjiani has starred in the Apple TV+ series ‘Schmigadoon!’, a musical comedy set in a 1950s town.
The show has been praised for its humor, music, and performances, and has been renewed for a second season.