Kumail Nanjiani reveals he sought counseling after negative reviews of ‘Eternals’

Kumail Nanjiani reveals he sought counseling after negative reviews of ‘Eternals’
via “Inside of You”

Kumail Nanjiani opened up to Michael Rosenbaum on his podcast “Inside of You”

February 8, 2024
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Kumail Nanjiani recently opened up about how he was impacted by the negative reviews for Marvel’s “Eternals,” sharing that the experience left him traumatized and requiring counseling.
High expectations: Speaking to host Michael Rosenbaum on his podcast “Inside of You,” uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, Nanjiani shared that Marvel initially thought that the “Eternals,” directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Chloe Zhao, was “going to be like really well-reviewed.”
That idea convinced Marvel to lift the embargo early and put the cast on a global tour to promote the film, Nanjiani told the “Smallville” alumnus.

 
The reviews come in: The “Ghostbuster: Afterlife” actor noted that he was hyper-aware of the negative reviews of “Eternals” while the cast was on the tour, saying, “I was reading every review. I was checking too much because this thing had become too much in my head.”
Nanjiani pointed out that this period happened right after the COVID-19 stay-at-home order had been lifted, explaining, “So we’re coming out after this crazy thing … everything is heightened.”
“Eternals,” released on Nov. 5, 2021, received a 47% score on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the worst-reviewed Marvel movies ever on the review-aggregation website.
“Unfair”: Nanjiani recalled the experience as being “really hard” and he realized at the time that “this is unfair to me. It’s unfair to Emily [Gordon, his wife]. I can’t approach my work this way anymore. Some sh*t has got to change.”
Nanjiani said he had to eventually undergo counseling following the experience and that he still talks to his therapist about it. He added, “Emily says that I do have trauma from it.”
What he learned: After his experience with “The Marvels,” Nanjiani realized that he “can’t be so result based” in his work anymore “[because] I really can’t control it. I can control my experience, how I am to the people around me, what I learn from it and how I work. I can’t control what people are going to think of it.”
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