‘If I had to base my career on what white men wanted I would be very unsuccessful,’ ‘Ocean’s 8’ star Mindy Kaling said in a recent interview.
Everyone’s a critic. And a lion’s share of film critics, as Mindy Kaling pointed out during her press tour for the new female-led “Ocean’s 8,” are white men.
“If I had to base my career on what white men wanted I would be very unsuccessful, so there is obviously an audience out there who want to watch things like (‘Ocean’s 8’), what I work on, what (co-star) Sarah (Paulson) works on,” the actress told Yahoo Movies in an interview.
“And the thing about so much of what this movie is, I think white men, critics would enjoy it, would enjoy my work,” Kaling added, “but often I think there is a critic who will damn it in a way because they don’t understand it, because they come at it at a different point of view, and they’re so powerful, Rotten Tomatoes.” (The heist flick banked a $41.5 million opening weekend — bigger than its three male-fronted “Ocean’s” predecessors’ opening weekends, without adjusting for inflation. But it currently holds a humble 66% on the review-aggregation site.)