Rooney Mara regrets making Pan, but not for the reason you might expect.
Joe Wright’s unnecessarily gritty film, with a flamboyantly bizarre performance from Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, failed to make its $150 budget back, and was savaged by critics. It’s understandable Mara, who played a whitewashed Tiger Lily, would want to separate herself from the expensive dud, like how her sister Kate joked about the disastrous Fantastic Four. And she has. Not because it stunk, though, but because the Oscar-nominated actress has been on the “wrong side of the whitewashing debate.”
It was, [she admits], a “tricky thing to deal with. There were two different periods; right after I was initially cast, and the reaction to that, and then the reaction again when the film came out. I really hate, hate, hate that I am on that side of the whitewashing conversation. I really do. I don’t ever want to be on that side of it again. I can understand why people were upset and frustrated.” (Via)
Mara added that while Wright’s intentions were “genuine” (he called Tiger Lily the biggest “badass warrior” in Pan), “I think there should have been some diversity somewhere.” At least she can sleep easy knowing that the whitewashing wasn’t the most offensive thing about the film. This was: