Paul Mescal Will Get Profoundly Depressed If Gladiator 2 Makes Him Extra Well-known

When an actor lands an enormous position, the fanfare that comes with it’s usually a part of the thrill. For Paul Mescal, nevertheless, that isn’t the case.

Since his star flip in Regular Folks again in 2020, 27-year-old Paul has risen to develop into one of many buzziest actors in Hollywood as we speak, incomes his first Oscar nomination for Aftersun in 2022.

And in addition to bringing him world notoriety, Regular Folks additionally caught the eye of director Ridley Scott, who was so blown away by Paul’s efficiency within the drama that he felt compelled to solid him because the lead in his extremely anticipated Gladiator sequel.

Since his casting was introduced in January 2023, Paul has been fairly cautious about discussing the movie at size, noting that there’s a variety of strain that comes with making an attempt to duplicate the magic of the unique, which, after all, starred Russell Crowe.

“I feel really excited, but, like, it’s difficult to get away from the legacy of the film a bit,” he advised Esquire UK in August final 12 months. “I think it’s really well written and it pays homage to the first one, but it’s very much something that I think I can step into and make comfortably my own.”

Talking with The Occasions in a latest interview, Paul confessed he’ll develop into “profoundly depressed” if his starring position within the movie makes him extra well-known than he already is.

“I don’t know what the difference will be,” he thought-about. “Maybe that’s naive? Is it just that more people will stop you in the street? I’d get profoundly depressed if that’s so and hope it isn’t true.”

“I’ll have an answer next year, but if [the film] impacts my life in that way, I’ll be in a bad spot,” he added, earlier than joking that he’d must counteract the fanfare by doing an “obtuse play nobody wants to see.”

Talking extra broadly about Hollywood, Paul mentioned he takes his job as an actor “very seriously,” despite how the trade is evolving with the web sphere.

“It scares me greatly,” he mentioned of the prospect {that a} performer’s social media presence ought to influence casting selections. “Acting should never be reduced to numbers of Instagram followers.”

“Over the last few years people have been talking about films and TV shows as content,” he added. “That’s a filthy word. It’s not ‘content’, it’s fucking work.”

Defending his stance, Paul continued: “I’m not being snobby, but there are two concurrent industries. One that works with a lack of care and artistic integrity. Go nuts, make stuff with Instagram followers as a factor, whatever … But the other is what’s always been there, the craft of film-making, directing, lighting and production design.”

“That keeps artists alive. And audiences want to be challenged,” he mentioned.

Paul hasn’t shied away from discussing the downsides that include the work he feels so passionately about — particularly, a “devastating” lack of privateness, which seemingly prompted him to make his Instagram account non-public final 12 months.

“The stuff that hurts is the personal stuff,” he advised Harper’s Bazaar final 12 months, expressing his frustration with followers’ sense of “entitlement to information” about his private life. “It’s nobody else’s business and should never be commented on because it’s indecent. And it’s unkind.”