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Jessica Chastain defends working on X-Men movie after bashing Bryan Singer

Jessica Chastain signed on to star in the next X-Men movie because she would be working primarily with writer/director Simon Kinberg and not franchise producer Bryan Singer.
The actress is set to feature as Shi’ar Empress Lilandra in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, set for release next year (18), but that hasn’t stopped her from openly criticising Singer as part of the Hollywood fall out from the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, which hit headlines in early October (17) after he was exposed as a serial sexual predator in an initial article in The New York Times.
Kevin Spacey and filmmakers James Toback and Brett Ratner have since also faced scrutiny and backlash amid allegations of their past behaviour, and Singer’s name was thrown into the mix last week (ends03Nov17) as the ongoing discussion highlighted old lawsuits filed against the director in 1997 and 2014 for sexual assault – accusations he denied.
Chastain posted a link to an article about the sexual misconduct allegations against Singer, which were all dropped, on Friday (03Nov17) and captioned it, “Let us not forget”.
Her post caught the attention of movie fans as they questioned why she would agree to work with Singer on Dark Phoenix, which he is producing, if she thought he had behaved badly in the past, but Chastain insists it was the idea of reuniting with The Martian producer Kinberg on his directorial debut which proved too attractive an offer to turn down.
“I actually chose to do X-Men because I’m working with Simon Kinberg, who’s also a first-time filmmaker who I met on The Martian, and is an incredible writer and producer,” she told The Daily Beast.
“He wrote this script – which I can’t say much about, because it’s X-Men – and there are many powerful female roles in this story that Simon is telling. And all of my dealings were with Simon and Hutch (Parker, co-producer), who were on set.”
Chastain insists she would have spoken out against Singer whether he was involved in the project or not, because she isn’t scared about acting setbacks – and would be happy to slip away from Hollywood if her career suffered as a result.
“I do not feel beholden to anything. I’m going to speak my mind about any injustice that I see,” the defiant star explained. “I’m not afraid of anything in terms of that. And I think the greatest myth that an industry can create is to make people feel like they’re easily replaceable. I’m not going to allow that into my life.”
The Oscar nominee, 40, also credits becoming an actress as an adult with helping her to be selective about her work and who she works with.
“Because of the timing of when I came into the industry, I decided for me – my career could go away tomorrow, and I’ll do something else, and I’ll be OK,” she shared. “Because I was OK before I came into this career. For me, there’s a lot that I have that isn’t acting.
“I made a decision very early on to not work with people that I felt abused their positions, and didn’t create a healthy environment for those around them.”

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