Jessica Lange is considering retirement due to the current situation in Hollywood.
Long told The Telegraph She believes she will “get out of filmmaking” because “wonderful films by really great filmmakers, wonderful stories, great characters” are rare in modern Hollywood.
“I don’t think I’ll be doing this for much longer,” Lange said. “Creativity is now secondary to corporate profits.”
The well-known “American Horror Story” star explained: “The focus is not on the art, the artist or the storytelling. “It’s about pleasing the shareholders,” which in turn “diminishes the artist and the art of filmmaking.”
“Those big comic book franchise movies [have] “I sacrificed this art that we were involved in for profit,” Lange said, noting that she has “no interest” in being involved in superhero films.
Additionally, Lange pointed to the trend toward “frenetic editing” on screen, which she said is due to the new standards of media consumption.
“I don’t know if it’s because the filmmakers think they can’t hold the audience’s attention anymore,” Lange said. “This kind of filmmaking drives me crazy.”
Oscar winner Lange spoke about his retirement back in 2013 Los Angeles Times that she had “reached the end of her acting career” and praised Ryan Murphy’s anthology series “American Horror Story” for rekindling her passion for the craft and introducing her to a “new generation” of fans.
“It brought back the thrill of acting,” Lange said. “It was the perfect storm. It’s all the trite things everyone says – age works against you, films that made your career are no longer being made.”
Now “The Exorcist: Believer” actress Ellen Burstyn told a similar story interview magazine that Hollywood is focusing more on profitable content than art films like in the 1970s, “when studios were run by filmmakers and not corporations.”
“The scripts were submitted because someone was interested in this story and wrote it, and a producer liked it and thought it would make a good film. Not because it was fed into a computer and said, ‘Well, the first version made X million, so the second version will make X million and it has to have a big name,'” Burstyn said of her filmmaking heyday. “It was a time when it seemed more like an art form than a business.”