Kumail Nanjiani Reveals He Went to Counseling Over ‘Eternals’ Bad Reviews: ‘I Do Have Trauma’
Kumail Nanjiani Opens Up About Seeking Counseling Over ‘Eternals’ Bad Reviews
Kumail Nanjiani is opening up about the mental toll of promoting a movie with harsh reviews, saying this week he ended up seeking a counselor after completing the Eternals press circuit in 2021.
“The reviews were bad, and I was too aware of it,” Nanjiani said during an appearance on Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum. “I was reading every review and checking too much.”
‘Eternals’ Reviews: A Critical and Commercial Disappointment
Released in 2021, Chloe Zhao‘s Eternals currently holds a 47 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of Marvel‘s worst-reviewed entries in the cinematic universe.
The film’s negative reception was a major disappointment for Marvel, which had high hopes for the project. Eternals was directed by Zhao, an Oscar winner for Nomadland, and featured a star-studded cast that included Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and Kit Harington.
However, the film was met with criticism from critics, who found it to be too long, too convoluted, and too lacking in emotional stakes. Audiences were also disappointed, with many feeling that the film was not up to the standards of other Marvel Movies.
Kumail Nanjiani’s Emotional Toll
Nanjiani, who played the character Kingo in Eternals, said that the negative reviews took a toll on his mental health.
“It was really, really hard because Marvel thought that movie was going to be really, really well reviewed, so they lifted the embargo early and put it in some fancy movie festivals and they sent us on a big global tour to promote the movie right as the embargo lifted,” Nanjiani continued.
The timing meant that he and his co-stars were tasked with doing press for a film while audiences watched it fail.
“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 continued. “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.”
Seeking Help and Moving Forward
Nanjiani’s decision to seek counseling is a reminder that even the most successful people can struggle with their mental health. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling.
Nanjiani is now moving forward with his career. He has a number of upcoming projects, including the comedy-drama series Welcome to Chippendales and the action-comedy film The Lovebirds.