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re: Ben Platt blasts 'jerks' for criticizing his age in 'Dear Evan Hansen' movie trailer
Posted by: JereNYC (JereNYC@aol.com) 10:37 am EDT 05/20/21
In reply to: re: Ben Platt blasts 'jerks' for criticizing his age in 'Dear Evan Hansen' movie trailer - Pokernight 09:37 am EDT 05/20/21

Agreed...and I'm confused about him invoking GREASE as a defense here, since people have literally been mocking GREASE for 40 years for the very same reason.

I'm surprised that he wasn't prepared for this kind of thing. It's a subject I would have raised at the very beginning of the process had I been working on PR for this movie. I mean, you can't cast a 27 year old, who is great, but absolutely looks 27, as a high school student without expecting that same sort of mocking that GREASE gets. He should have accepted the role knowing this was coming and the PR staff should have prepped him for how to respond to the inevitable response to this.

I understand all the great reasons for casting Platt in the role he originated, but you can't do that without acknowledging that this is a GREASE high school with students who are closer to 30 than 20. He just needs to smile and shrug and say "Well, what're gonna do?"
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