Paul Mescal, celebrated for his riveting performances in acclaimed titles like "Normal People" and "Aftersun," recently shared his apprehensions about the impending fame from his latest project, Ridley Scott's much-anticipated 'Gladiator 2.'
In an insightful interview with The Times UK, Mescal candidly expressed his unease about the personal impact of his escalating celebrity status. Known for his nuanced acting prowess, Mescal admitted to being at a crossroads about his readiness for the heightened recognition that 'Gladiator 2' might bring.
"I don’t know what the difference will be,” he stated, pondering over the potential shift in his public interactions. The actor voiced a deep concern about becoming "profoundly depressed" if the film's success intrudes on his private life.
“If [the film] impacts my life in that way, I’ll be in a bad spot," he revealed, hinting at the possibility of seeking refuge in less mainstream, more obscure theatrical work.
Art Over Popularity
The Oscar nominee also touched upon the evolving dynamics of the film industry, particularly the increasing influence of social media on casting decisions.
Mescal, who regards his craft with utmost seriousness, finds this trend unsettling. "Acting should never be reduced to numbers of Instagram followers,” he remarked, emphasizing the importance of artistic integrity over popularity metrics.
Mescal further criticized the industry's tendency to label films and TV shows as mere 'content,' arguing that such terminology diminishes the artistic labor involved. He championed the enduring value of traditional film-making, which he believes is about challenging the audience and sustaining the artistic spirit.
Set to release on November 22, 'Gladiator 2' features a star-studded cast including Pedro Pascal, Denzel Washington, Joseph Quinn, and Connie Nielsen, with Mescal in a leading role. As the release date approaches, Mescal's reflections offer a poignant glimpse into the personal challenges faced by actors in the limelight, reminding audiences of the human element behind the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.