Movie stars, particularly A-list casts of big budget blockbuster films, endure near-grueling press tours while promoting a film — flying around the world to attend junket after junket, answering the same awkward, canned questions over and over from entertainment reporters. Which … whatever! It’s part of the job, and obviously they can’t complain too much. But it’s hardly an accurate measure of a person’s character, and one so-called “body language expert” got a little overzealous analyzing the interactions between Brie Larson, Don Cheadle, and Chris Hemsworth during one such interview promoting Avengers: Endgame.
In a nearly 14-minute-long YouTube video (yes, you read that right) body language expert Mandy O’Brien attempts to make the argument that Larson is “stiff” and domineering and that she and Cheadle dislike one another. “I don’t know their names, yeah, I know, it’s bad,” she says of Cheadle and Hemsworth at one point early in the video, which clearly smacks of professionalism.
“She is really trying to dominate them,” O’Brien later says. “I guess in her mind, domination equals acceptance…In reality, submission will get you a lot further in friendship circles than trying to dominate and boss everyone around.”
It’s clearly sexist nonsense. But Cheadle, at least, was not having it. After the video went on to go viral (currently at over a half million views), the actor wrote, “you should see my “body language” right now,” retweeting another user who posted the video calling Larson “psycho.”
“This is some of the funniest stuff I’ve ever heard,” he added in a second tweet. “Brie was trying to keep her ponytail behind her because her hair stylist kept flying in and fixing it. She’s actually being OVER accommodating … amazing …”
Larson herself has yet to weigh in … because, why would she? Captain Marvel clearly has got better things to do with her time, what with keeping order in the universe and all.