“I need something real. I need something that’s gonna make a statement,” Jennifer Lopez says to an NFL producer in her new Netflix documentary, Halftime.
. She’s responding to executives trying to cut out scenes of children in cages from her Super Bowl show, and she’s fed up.
“I’m seeking to come up with something with substance; not just us out there shaking our fucking asses and fucking belly dancing,” she continues.
But now she wants to be taken seriously. She’s talked about being seen as a lightweight since her Oscar snub for her role in the 2019 film Hustlers
,and about how her crowd-pleasing work hasn’t always gotten essential acclaim by way of Grammys or Academy Awards.
"It’s just 20, 25 years of people going, ‘Well, she’s not that great. She’s pretty and she makes adorable music, however it’s not really this and that,’” she told Rolling Stone last year.
“And I constantly acted like, ‘Yeah, I’m good. I’m fine. I’m OK.’ But it hurts to not be included. … There is an inner circle, like, ‘We are the great artists.’ And then there’s the pop artists.”
In the end, it’s not so much that Halftime is a watchable movie because Lopez is especially sympathetic as a multimillionaire A-lister underdog.
But it’s more compelling than most superstar self-portraits because she’s open about saying she feels like one.
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