Brie Larson admits she feared backlash for 'Captain Marvel' casting

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson was worried about fans' reaction to her involvement in superhero film, "Captain Marvel", she has revealed in a new online post.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 28, 2016, 12:39 PM IST
Brie Larson admits she feared backlash for 'Captain Marvel' casting

Los Angeles: Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson was worried about fans' reaction to her involvement in superhero film, "Captain Marvel", she has revealed in a new online post.

28-year-old Larson's sensitive, heart-rendering performance in 2015 drama "Room" won her the best actress Oscar earlier this year.

In "Captain Marvel", the actress will play Carol Danvers, who in the comics is a test pilot who gains superpowers after an encounter with aliens.

Larson was not sure how her casting would be perceived by the fans and she was wary of internet-trolling, which has become a celebrity's nightmare.

"Woke up this morning thinking about the tidal wave of support I got this weekend. It was nerve-racking to trust fall into the Internet! I know who I am, but it's wild how quickly you can forget once someone calls you something terrible. I was reminded how the acceptance of community is a deeply rooted need," she wrote on Instagram.

The actress said she wants a world, which allows people to be themselves and does not pounce on them for their decisions.

"But I don't want to live worried people will hate me because I'm myself! We should all have the freedom to be our authentic selves without fear or judgement. It's scary to chip away at all the hardness we coat ourselves with to protect that perfect little being inside. Yeah, people can be mean, but they can also be so many other wonderful things too. Let's make this place a safe space," Larson wrote.

There has been a long history of knee-jerk reactions to comic book casting announcements dating back to 1988, when grumbles about "Mister Mom" star Michael Keaton being cast as Batman were heard in comic book stores all over the country.

But in the online age, reactions can be particularly harsh on women, like "Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot facing body shaming issues following her casting, with some online complaining she was too skinny to play the Amazonian warrior.