Carrie Coon Says She Finds ‘Gone Girl’ Performance ‘Horrific to Watch’

  • Carrie Coon starred as Ben Affleck’s sister in 2014’s “Gone Girl.”
  • In a new interview, Coon said that she finds her performance in the film “horrific to watch.”
  • Coon said when she watches the film all she can see is herself “making faces.”

Actress Carrie Coon told The Independent that she struggles to watch her performance as Ben Affleck’s sister in the 2014 crime thriller “Gone Girl.”

The 40-year-old told the publication that she is the type of actor who feels obligated to re-watch her performances because that is how she discovers her “habits” on camera. Coon said that when she rewatches herself on the HBO drama “The Leftovers” she can see her performances improve as the show progressed. But she said when she watches “Gone Girl” all she can see is herself “making faces.”

“I think I can note my improvement as The Leftovers goes on – I think I get better – but I find my performance in Gone Girl horrific to watch,” she said.

While Coon said she finds her performance in “Gone Girl” difficult to watch, she also credited the film’s director David Fincher for improving the quality of her future performances, particularly on “The Leftovers.” She shot the first episode of the show before joining the “Gone Girl” production.

“I filmed the pilot and then went to David Fincher film school,” she said. “There was actually a lot of language about being on a set and working on camera that I didn’t know. I had David and Ben teaching me about why they were doing what they were doing when I had to be still, and how much food to eat on camera when you’re gonna do 80 takes.”

Carrie Coon in “The Leftovers.”

Ben King/HBO

Coon later told the publication that she has struggled to shake off being typecast following the popularity of HBO’s “The Leftovers.” On the show, Coon plays Nora, a grieving widow who lost her entire family following a mysterious supernatural event that caused the disappearance of 2% of the world’s population.

“I now get a lot of scripts about dead or missing children and think to myself, ‘You’ve already seen me make all those faces – can’t I do something else?'” she said.

“I’m looking forward to a time when the female hero story gets to open up into something that isn’t just superimposing a female journey on a male structure.”

Coon has since joined Marvel’s cinematic universe. She starred as the villain Proxima Midnight in the record-breaking “Avengers: Infinity War” — a role which she told The Independent she found “challenging.” Coon also defended the importance of Marvel superhero films when asked about Martin Scorsese’s criticism of the MCU. During a 2019 interview with Empire magazine, Scorsese compared Marvel films to theme park rides.

“Entertainment serves specific purposes,” Coon said. “I sign more autographs for ‘Avengers’ than I do for all my other projects combined and I was in that movie for 15 minutes. That tells me there’s a desire for mythology in a country where there’s maybe a spiritual hole. I think what those movies are doing is providing the equivalent of what the Greek and Roman Gods were doing: it’s a mythological storytelling which is ultimately morally instructive.”

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