Chris Pine Shrugs Off Harsh Critiques of 'Poolman,' Emphasizes Joy in Filmmaking

Chris Pine discusses overcoming adversity in filmmaking journey.

by Nouman Rasool
Chris Pine Shrugs Off Harsh Critiques of 'Poolman,' Emphasizes Joy in Filmmaking
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Chris Pine, in his first directorial movie, Poolman, is telling one to focus on the fun one has while creating amid all the negativity elsewhere. Discussing on the last episode of the podcast Happy Sad Confused with Josh Horowitz, Pine shared insights into his own resilience and the fun one gets from his craft.

"Acting is basically about playing. We become like children, getting into make-believe for hours," said Pine. This mischievous spirit is that which he values most and tries hardest to retain. Poolman, in which Pine played an unfortunate pool cleaner in Los Angeles who accidentally gets mixed up in a water heist, has fared poorly with critics.

But Pine said it had been another opportunity to take stock of how tough he is. "It was a real come to Jesus moment for me," he confessed, and offered up his path through the feedback.

Pine's Resilient Reflection

While he admits to being disappointed by the reaction at the Toronto premiere, Pine remains philosophical.

"The cognitive dissonance was quite something," he said in response to how it felt to then read the critical reaction, considering the joy experienced throughout the making. In fact, the actor-director revealed he had his moment when the reviews first hit, but one also learns to stand up for oneself and grow stronger when hurt by the cuts: "There's the hurt of the cut, but as the healing happens, you benefit from the growth," Pine added.

After reviewing these criticisms, Pine found reassurance in his own work again. "I've just watched it again, and I still absolutely fucking love this film," he said. As Poolman gets set to hit theaters this Friday, Pine's experience is a gentle reminder of what many in the entertainment industry already know: the value of resilience and deriving personal fulfillment from the artistic expression one brings forth, regardless of what others may think. And Pine sticks to that vision, and being happy making the film is what pulls him through.