Russell Crowe Chides Dakota Johnson For ‘Madame Web’ Whining

Russell Crowe at the Sanremo Italian Song Festival

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Kraven the Hunter star Russell Crowe put it very bluntly when addressing Dakota Johnson’s disappointment in making another of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe movies, Madame Web.

In case you missed it (like most people did with the movie itself), Dakota Johnson and her Madame Web co-star Sydney Sweeney pretty much laid waste to the film almost immediately after beginning their publicity tour for the film.

Johnson was especially harsh, basically telling everyone to not go see the movie.

“It was definitely an experience for me to make that movie. I had never done anything like it before. I probably will never do anything like it again because I don’t make sense in that world. And I know that now,” Johnson told Bustle.

“But sometimes in this industry, you sign on to something, and it’s one thing and then as you’re making it, it becomes a completely different thing, and you’re like, Wait, what? But it was a real learning experience, and of course it’s not nice to be a part of something that’s ripped to shreds, but I can’t say that I don’t understand.”

This week, in a new interview with UK GQ, Russell Crowe was asked about Dakota Johnson’s negative comments about filming Madame Web.

“I don’t want to make any comments to what anybody else might have said or what their experience is, but… you’re bringing out the impish quality of my humor,” Crowe replied while laughing, then proceeded to make comments about what Johnson said.

“You’re telling me you signed up for a Marvel movie, and some f—— universe for cartoon characters… and you didn’t get enough pathos? Not quite sure how I can make this better for you.

“It’s a gigantic machine, and they make movies at a certain size. And you know, I’ve experienced that on the DC side with Man of Steel, Zack Snyder, and I’ve experienced it on the Marvel side via Disney with Thor: Love and Thunder. And I’ve also experienced the Marvel dark universe with Kraven the Hunter.

“These are jobs. You know: here’s your role, play the role. If you’re expecting this to be some kind of life-changing event, I just think you’re here for the wrong reasons.”

Russell Crowe did go on to admit that while “you can have a s— experience on a film” that doesn’t mean it’s because of “the Marvel process” or the way Sony does things with their superhero films.

He said working on Thor: Love and Thunder “was just a gas every day, being silly” and on Kraven “going to work with JC [director JC Chandor] was fun.”

So maybe the experience of working on a superhero movie is just what you make of it. At least according to Russell Crowe.

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