Jacob Elordi Declines Superman Audition, Calls It ‘Too Dark’ and Labels ‘The Kissing Booth’ Films ‘Ridiculous’

In a recent interview with GQ magazine, actor Jacob Elordi shared that he passed on the opportunity to audition for the role of Superman, hinting that he might have been approached for James Gunn’s 2025 film “Superman: Legacy.”

David Corenswet was eventually cast as Superman, and Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane. Elordi expressed his lack of interest in superhero films, stating, “I like to make what I would watch, and I get very restless watching those movies.”

Elordi’s career has seen significant growth with his roles in Sofia Coppola’s “Priscilla” and Emerald Fennell’s “Saltburn,” and he is currently working with Paul Schrader on “Oh, Canada.” He is also set for the third season of HBO’s “Euphoria.”

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These roles mark a shift from his breakout role in the “The Kissing Booth” trilogy on Netflix, where he starred alongside Joey King. Despite the films’ popularity, Elordi admitted, “I didn’t want to make those movies before I made those movies. Those movies are ridiculous. They’re not universal. They’re an escape.”

Discussing the Hollywood strategy of balancing commercial and personal projects, Elordi commented, “That one’s a trap as well. Because it can become 15 for them, none for you. You have no original ideas and you’re dead inside. So it’s a fine dance. My ‘one for them,’ I’ve done it.”

Elordi also addressed the perception of caring about the quality of one’s work, questioning, “How is caring about your output pretentious?” He criticized the idea of knowingly delivering subpar content for profit. Meanwhile, the “The Kissing Booth” trilogy, despite its streaming success, received poor reviews from critics, with low ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

Contrasting Elordi’s views, his co-star King has expressed pride in the films, stating in an interview with The Independent, “I loved them so much and playing that character made me happy. I’ll never regret those movies, and I love them so much no matter what anyone says.”

Source: Variety