Over a decade ago, when Movieline wasn't a website, but rather a magazine that many of us received every month, there was a little article inside with one Ms. Jennifer Lopez. The Fly Girl from In Living Color had worked her way out of dance status, to roles in television series, and then to film and her Golden Globe-nominated starring role in Selena. From there, she had Anaconda, U Turn, and of course, the project that most fans hold above all others -- Out of Sight.

Anyway, the infamous article saw Lopez absolutely reeking with egotism, as she chastised Gwenyth Paltrow, Winona Ryder, Madonna, and Cameron Diaz. (You can read some of it here.) This new girl on the block -- before she became the all-powerful "Jenny on the Block" -- sat there chastising all of her fellow actresses as if she was the second coming, the bees knees. It was completely annoying, but at least could be partially forgiven if her work lived up to her ego, or her attitude changed with experience and age.

She continued along with her new J-Lo persona and lots of crappy films like the abysmal Gigli, gained another ten years of life, and what did she seem to learn from the high and oh-so-very low points? Not much of anything. Well, at least this time she's not slamming every other actress. As Ace Showbiz reports, she's got a new interview in Latina magazine where she runs off about her talents again. "I feel like I had that (Oscar role) in El Cantante, but I don't even think the Academy members saw it. I feel like it's their responsibility to do that, to see everything that's out there, everything that could be great."

Granted, it's a bit less ego-laden than that interview in the '90s, but please. I'm sick to death of this attitude that no one appreciates her enormous talent, whether it's by following actresses she doesn't care for, or the Academy not considering her role in El Cantante. ...A film, mind you, that has a viewer rating of 4.9/10 on IMDb, and 24% fresh rotten on Rotten Tomatoes -- a score low enough that maybe it should be 76% rotten.

If you can't even get half the critics OR audience to like it, can you expect the Academy to? And it's a shame, because there are moments where she's shown talent, and there is an opportunity for her to be a strong, powerful, and respectable leading Latina actress in Hollywood. Instead, she chooses to play the blame game and publicly chastise whomever she can.

So, Ms. Lopez, please quit the ego-laden interviews. If you believe you are a strong and powerful actress, show it, work, and continue to hone your craft. If you're right, the respect will come. You don't earn it by chastising everyone around you and expecting accolades for poorly-received films.
CATEGORIES Cinematical