Nothing says box office better than a politically conscious action movie that addresses issues such as toxic masculinity. According to actors Dave Bautista ("Guardians of the Galaxy") and Kumail Nanjiani ("The Great One"), the upcoming film "Stuber" promises to be exactly that.
"The film, with Bautista as a rogue policeman and Nanjiani as a linear Uber pilot, is supposed to be a modern action film, resuming toxic masculinity and reminiscent of some classic heroic tropes of action," reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Speaking with THR, Nanjiani said that the narrow definition of masculinity was harmful and that the action movie would be a perfectly acceptable genre to discuss such issues.
"I think we are at a time when we can talk about masculinity and how it has always been defined in a very traditional way and how it has led to problems for everyone – for women and men. for men, "said Nanjiani in Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday. "I thought it would be interesting to try to talk about this stuff in a traditionally very masculine genre.An action comedy with a cop cop is a really dude movie, so we thought that it would be interesting to talk about guys' problems that also affect the whole world, in a traditionally masculine gender. "
Bautista told THR that toxic masculinity should be further discussed and that the film "will talk about it all the time".
"Throughout the film, we are constantly talking about it," Bautista said. "Sometimes you do not realize it because we make you laugh or disguise it in action, but we really have the discussion throughout the movie."
Actress Betty Gilpin, who plays the movie's love, boasted that "the waking story was a Trojan horse", which is rather stupid to say because the goal of the horse of Troy is to lay an ambush without his knowledge.
"It always checks all the boxes of a classic action movie, but it contains this secret thread of men who talk about their aggression and their anger that are no longer useful to them or that annoy them. "said Gilpin. "I think it's such an important missing element that men are joining the dialogue and I think Kumail Nanjiani, as a person, has really spoken up to talk about what men need to change and talk about. And honestly, it's very sexy. "
"Stuber" has made waves by being the first Disney R-rated movie in six years since its release after the merger of 20th Century Fox. Director Michael Dowse told THR that the two main actors being colored actors were solely due to the talent of Bautista and Nanjiani.
"I try to run colorblind as much as possible and find the best actor for the role.These were the two best guys." I had the impression of spending a moment and a lot of time. hope to participate, "Dowse said. "I think we've done a lot to get as many people as we can and make a difference as much as possible, but the two main roles have happened, which I think is great."
Despite all the enthusiasm awakened, "Stuber" was widely criticized by critics, earning 46% on rotten tomatoes.