Dakota Johnson Opens Up About ‘Madame Web’ Failure: “Never Again”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 12: Dakota Johnson arrives at the World Premiere Of Sony Pictures' "Madame Web" at Regency Village Theatre on February 12, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/FilmMagic)

In a recent interview with Bustle, Dakota Johnson, known for her roles in films like “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “The Lost Daughter,” opened up about her experience with the highly anticipated superhero film “Madame Web.” The movie, which premiered earlier this year, was met with critical and commercial disappointment, prompting Johnson to candidly address her involvement and the lessons she’s learned in Hollywood.

Johnson’s portrayal of Cassandra ‘Cassie’ Webb, a millennial paramedic with clairvoyant powers, failed to resonate with audiences, contributing to the film’s lackluster performance at the box office. Despite the initial excitement surrounding the project, Johnson admitted that the outcome was not entirely surprising, given the challenges she faced during production.

“I’m not surprised that this has gone down the way it has,” Johnson shared in the interview. “It was definitely an experience for me to make that movie. I had never done anything like it before. I probably will never do anything like it again because I don’t make sense in that world.”

The 34-year-old actress acknowledged the adverse response to “Madame Web,” expressing her disappointment with being part of a project that was heavily criticized. “It’s not nice to be a part of something that’s ripped to shreds,” she admitted. However, Johnson also acknowledged that she understood the reasons behind the backlash and the film’s failure to connect with audiences.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney attend the World Premiere Of Sony Pictures’ “Madame Web” at Regency Village Theatre on February 12, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steven Simione/WireImage)

One of the key factors contributing to the film’s downfall was the script, which underwent drastic changes during production. Johnson revealed that these changes resulted in a complex and disjointed narrative, making it challenging for both the cast and crew to navigate. “It added so many different camera set-ups, like triple the amount of work,” she explained. “And it was very complex, with only minor differences between each version of the same scene, so it was like puzzle pieces.”

Additionally, rumors circulated that Johnson believed she was signing up for a project affiliated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), only to discover later that “Madame Web” was a standalone Sony production. This misunderstanding raised questions about communication between the actress and her agents, leading to speculation about Johnson’s involvement in the film.

Despite the challenges and disappointments associated with “Madame Web,” Johnson remains resilient and optimistic about her future in Hollywood. She emphasized that the experience served as a valuable learning opportunity, shaping her approach to future projects. “I’ve learned a lot from this experience,” she said. “It’s made me more discerning about the roles I choose and the projects I commit to.”

Looking ahead, Johnson is focused on pursuing projects that align with her creative vision and showcase her talent as an actress. While the failure of “Madame Web” may have been a setback, Johnson remains determined to carve out a successful career in the competitive world of filmmaking.

In conclusion, Dakota Johnson’s candid reflection on her experience with “Madame Web” offers valuable insights into the challenges and complexities of working in Hollywood. Despite facing criticism and disappointment, Johnson remains resilient and committed to pursuing her passion for acting, demonstrating her strength and determination as a performer.

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