'Paper Towns' Author John Green Defends Cara Delevingne: Selling Movies Is "Dehumanizing"
"She refuses to indulge lazy questions and refuses to turn herself into an automaton to get through long days of junketry," wrote Green.
Paper Towns author John Green is defending one of his stars.
On Wednesday, an uncomfortable press-junket interview with actress Cara Delevingne went viral, with the anchors of morning show Good Day Sacramento mocking the actress for what they perceived as a cranky attitude.
The question that set things on the wrong foot was whether Delevingne had read the book the movie is based on.
"No, I never read the book — or the script, actually," joked the actress. "I kind of winged it."
Green noted that Delevingne not only had read the book, but had read it many times.
"Cara has read the book (multiple times), but the question is annoying — not least because her male co-star, Nat Wolff, was almost always asked when he’d read the book, while Cara was almost always asked if she’d read it," wrote Green in a blog post Thursday.
Green went on to call the process of promoting a film tedious, with talent answering the same question hundreds of times.
"Look, these are obviously the first worldiest of first world problems, but the whole process of commodifying personhood to sell movie tickets is inherently dehumanizing," wrote Green. "The TV people want some part of you, and in exchange for it, they will put the name of your movie on TV. But in that process, you do lose something of your self."
Green noted that most talent (including himself) who do junket interviews develop rote responses to questions as a protective measure.
"Cara, however, refuses to stick to the script. She refuses to indulge lazy questions and refuses to turn herself into an automaton to get through long days of junketry," wrote Green. "I don’t find that behavior entitled or haughty. I find it admirable. Cara Delevingne doesn’t exist to feed your narrative or your news feed — and that’s precisely why she’s so f—ing interesting."
As for Delevingne, she responded to the criticism by tweeting Wednesday, "Some people just don't understand sarcasm or the British sense of humour."