Finn Jones, the actor who plays the primary protagonist Danny Rand in Netflix’s latest Marvel series “Iron Fist”, has a theory for why his latest show is far from impressive to fans everywhere.
“Iron Fist” opened to generally poor reviews with many calling it easily the weakest of Netflix’s Marvel shows so far, which includes “Daredevil”, “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage”.
However, for Jones, slow story lines or unconvincing acting doesn’t explain the bad reviews as much as the existence of “white American billionaire” and “public enemy number one” Donald Trump does.
Jones told Radio Times:
“I think the world has changed a lot since we were filming that television show. I’m playing a white American billionaire superhero, at a time when the white American billionaire archetype is public enemy number one, especially in the US.
“We filmed the show way before Trump’s election, and I think it’s interesting to see how that perception, now that Trump’s in power… how it makes it very difficult to root for someone coming from white privilege, when that archetype is public enemy number one.”
Jones briefly rage-quit Twitter at the beginning of March when his support for representation in show business was picked apart on Twitter. Jones released a statement to Deadline following the incident:
“There is a huge benefit to engage and help shape conversations on social media, especially when it comes to giving a voice to social matters.
“My original intention to amplify a speech made by Riz Ahmed at the House of Commons. It was a very articulate and important speech on representation that I wholly agreed with.
“After posting I was inundated by people accusing me of not being allowed to share his voice based on an assumption that our show is going to play into the problems of racial inequality on screen. I engaged politely, diplomatically and attempted to bridge the divide.
“I’m currently in the middle of filming and I need to stay focused on bringing life to this character without judgement, so I decided to remove myself from Twitter for the time being.”
“Iron Fist” is now streaming on Netflix.
h/t: The Independent