Anna Kendrick admits watching movies ‘was ruined’ after becoming an actor

“When a movie is really bad, it’s a lot worse,” Kendrick said when he found out about “how the sausage is made.”

Anna Kendrick had to get used to learning how hot dogs are made in Hollywood.

The Oscar-nominated actress told First We Feast’s “Hot Ones” series that movies “kind of ruined” her as an audience member after she first started out in the film industry. Kendrick made his film debut in 2003, followed by Twilight, Scott Pilgrim vs. He starred in The World and Pitch Perfect, while receiving an Oscar nomination for Up in the Air.

“I think when you start making movies, there’s a period of time where they kind of fall apart because you’re just thinking behind the scenes and how the sausage is made,” Kendrick said. “And now I feel like it’s just kind of second nature, a running script in my head.”

The ‘A Simple Favor’ star continued: ‘So when a movie is really bad, it’s that much worse because I see ‘Why that choice? It would have been so easy to do that or whatever. And if it’s good, the running script isn’t just, “I’m immersed, and it’s great.” There’s a running thing in the background, like, “My God, every class made it.” I kind of get this bonus credit for these people who came together and made this thing.

“Dear Alice” actor-producer Kendrick recently told IndieWire that he was warned that it was written early in his career.

“Someone said something to me right after ‘Up in the Air’ came out that said, ‘Everything you’re going to offer now will be exactly what you just did.’ Because in an industry that’s supposed to be so creative, people have very short memories and they really want to take the easy way out,” Kendrick said. “So basically they’re going to offer you a bunch of things that are exactly the same as what you just did, and then you end up doing something else and you’re going to be offered only that thing.”

Kendrick continued, “And this person said, ‘I know this happens to everyone, including Meryl Streep, so it has nothing to do with you. It’s just that people think of it as the last thing they remember you by and it’s going to be an uphill battle your whole career,” he said. “I really think it was a gift to hear that early in my career because I kind of expected it and I don’t take it too personally. I’m just like, “Oh, this is what I’ll be swimming against my whole career, even a decade from now.”


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