The recent New Yorker profile of Succession star Jeremy Robust has confirmed to be one thing of a Rorschach check for people on-line. That’s, just about everybody who reads Michael Schulman’s (undeniably fascinating) presentation of Robust’s complete vibe appears to return away with a distinct learn on what spending a chronic period of time with him on a film or TV set is likely to be like.
(Present co-workers Kieran Culkin and Brian Cox, each quoted within the piece, come off as a combination of impressed, frightened, and simply barely aggravated by Robust’s dedication to portraying profound shithead failson Kendall Roy in physique, thoughts, and soul.)
However whereas most individuals appear to have gotten at the least some sense of the author’s personal affection for his admittedly intense topic from Schulman’s piece, at the least one former co-star has develop into clearly incensed at what she views as successful piece on her good friend. To wit: Jessica Chastain is not blissful about that New Yorker profile, to the purpose the place she’s shared an editorial from The Telegraph in protection of her Molly’s Game co-star on social media, and has now provided up a letter from director Aaron Sorkin (who’s quoted within the New Yorker piece) defending Robust.
Sorkin’s letter is generally involved with giving the total solutions to 5 questions Schulman requested him for the piece, which do, admittedly, appear to be centered on a few of Robust’s extra excessive on-set behaviors. (Particularly the confirmed element that he floated the concept of being tear gassed to get in character for Sorkin’s The Trial Of The Chicago 7.) Sorkin’s fundamental level (which additionally pops up within the New Yorker profile, which, we will’t assist however word, is extraordinarily complimentary about Robust’s abilities) is that whereas Robust is actually intense, he’s not the type of intense that’s irresponsible or disrespectful to others. Sorkin notes, amongst different issues, that when Robust and Sacha Baron Cohen intentionally went off-script to antagonize Frank Langella’s decide character in Chicago 7, it was in a method Langella felt okay with. The Being The Ricardos director additionally asserted that he’d work with Robust once more in a heartbeat.
All of which, once more, appears to spawn from the idea that you simply assume, as Chastain and Sorkin clearly do, that Robust comes off as particularly terrible within the profile. (This author’s personal take is that he reads as somebody who it’d be fascinating however extraordinarily draining to have a lunch with, not essentially in a horrible method.) It’s type of candy, in a sticking up on your mates type of method—even when we’re not wholly satisfied that rich, well-connected Emmy winners essentially want such a full-throated protection in the mean time, particularly given how obsessed everybody at the moment is with Robust’s efficiency on this season of Succession already.
Replace, 3:53 p.m. at 12/11/21: And now much more of Robust’s well-known mates have come out of the woodwork to defend him from what’s, we repeat for the nth time, not truly a very imply portrayal of the actor. Adam McKay (who government produces Succession) has echoed Sorkin on Twitter, whereas Anne Hathaway posted a black and white photo of Strong on her Instagram, together with a really touching eulogy for her fallen good friend.
In the meantime, The New Yorker has issued its personal assertion on the entire state of affairs: “It is a nuanced, multi-sided portrait of an especially devoted actor. It has impressed a spread of reactions from folks, together with many who say that they’re much more impressed by Jeremy Robust’s artistry after having learn the article.”