Jeremy Allen White Confused by How Superhero Movies Became the ‘Pinnacle of an Actor’s Career’

Jeremy Allen White won't play a superhero on-screen anytime soon… if ever. The 32-year-old star of The Bear and the wrestling movie The Iron Claw says that he botched his meeting for a Marvel-y movie.

In an interview with British GQ, White said, “I had a meeting for a kind of Marvel-y movie, and I had an attitude. I think I played it all wrong. [I said] ‘Tell me about why should I do your movie.’ They were like, ‘F— you.' And I was like, ‘Right on.’”

White continued, “I am confused at how the pinnacle of an actor’s career has ended up in that place. They get really good filmmakers to do those [superhero] movies and obviously they get really good actors to do those movies. I played it the way I wanted to play it.” White said that he is much more interested in the “$25 million drama that I think most actors want to make” — the kind Marvel drove to the brink of extinction.

Given Marvel's current troubles and the positive buzz about The Iron Claw, White shouldn't worry too much about blowing a chance to become part of some convoluted cinematic superhero universe. White plays Kerry Von Erich in the wrestling movie opposite Zac Efron, who plays his brother Kevin Von Erich. The official description of The Iron Claw reads: “The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s. Through tragedy and triumph, under the shadow of their domineering father and coach, the brothers seek larger-than-life immortality on the biggest stage in sports.”

FX Renewed Jeremy Allen White's The Bear for Another Season

The Bear Jeremy Allen White
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On the hit FX show The Bear, Jeremy Allen White plays the award-winning chef Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto who returns to his hometown of Chicago to run his late brother's failing restaurant. FX recently renewed the show for a third season. Variety reports, “The Bear, which wowed audiences in its first season only to achieve even greater heights in season two, has become a cultural phenomenon,” said Nick Grad, president of FX Entertainment. “We’re so proud to partner with Christopher Storer, Joanna Calo, Josh Senior, and the rest of the creative team, as well as the brilliant cast led by Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. What they and the crew have done is truly remarkable, and we and our partners at Hulu join fans in looking forward to the next chapter in the story of The Bear.”

The Iron Claw opens in theaters nationwide on December 22.