Aubrey Plaza was proud of the fact that there were no guns in Emily, the criminal
“I think that makes it more anxiety-inducing,” Plaza said of the indie film’s lack of firepower.
Aubrey Plaza is glad Emily the criminal wasn’t Emily the gunner either.
The “Criminal Emily” star revealed that her favorite “really cool, weird thing about the movie” is that her title character doesn’t use a gun despite committing crimes.
“I was proud of him because I don’t think you need guns,” Plaza said on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” earlier this week. “Most thrillers show guns, like, right away… We don’t need guns in every movie.”
The “The White Lotus” Season 2 star continued, “I don’t think it’s — I think it’s unconscionable that audiences would watch that movie and not even realize, ‘Oh, there’s no guns.’ But I think that makes it even more anxiety-inducing because you’re like, “How are you going to take these guys down without a weapon like that?”
Plaza previously explained at IndieWire’s 2022 Sundance Studio that indie film is rooted in subverting societal and moviegoing expectations.
“I think people are interested in it because it’s fun to break the rules,” Plaza said. “And it’s fun to watch someone break the rules. It is dangerous.”
He added: “An underlying theme of this film is making your own rules. The system, the economy, the man, whatever you want to call it, are the villains of this film. There is someone who has been punished by the system and has to make the rules.
Plaza also talked about the parallels between “Emily the Criminal” and the Safdie Brothers’ “Good Time,” starring Robert Pattinson.
“Robert Pattinson’s character in ‘Good Time’ is mean,” Plaza said in August 2022. “He’s in character in some ways, but you don’t really care about that. Only with him is the way. I don’t think a lot of female characters can do that because people usually want female characters to be likable or have something moral to happen to them or the audience won’t like them, and that wasn’t the case. . He just wasn’t apologetic. I liked that about him. He was like, “No, you just have to survive and do what you have to do.” Like it or not. We don’t have to explain everything. Be in the moment.”
Plaza’s friend, writer-director Edgar Wright, compared the new action star Plaza’s portrayal of Emily to “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.”
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