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Jessica Lange is contemplating retirement. In a frank interview with The Telegraph, the two-time Oscar-winning actress revealed her contemplation of gradually stepping away from the world of filmmaking. She also didn’t hold back in her criticism of the entertainment industry’s trajectory in recent years.
Lange remarked, “Creativity is secondary now to corporate profits.” She expressed her concern that the focus has shifted away from the art, the artists, and storytelling, towards satisfying shareholders. According to Lange, this shift diminishes the role of the artist and the essence of filmmaking.
Throughout her career, which spans several decades and includes collaborations with renowned directors such as Bob Fosse, Sydney Pollack, Bob Rafelson, and Martin Scorsese, Lange has witnessed significant changes in the industry. She admitted to having no interest in a substantial portion of contemporary releases, singling out “big comic-book franchise films,” the prevalence of “frantic editing,” and ageism as elements she finds particularly objectionable in the modern film business.
Lange lamented the sacrifice of artistic integrity for profit, stating, “They’ve sacrificed this art that we’ve been involved in… for the sake of profit.” She expressed frustration at the notion that filmmakers may believe they can no longer capture and hold the audience’s attention without resorting to certain trends. This shift in filmmaking philosophy deeply concerns Lange.
Despite her contemplation of leaving the entertainment industry, Lange has remained active in recent years. She earned two Primetime Emmy Awards for her roles in “American Horror Story” and received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Joan Crawford in “Feud.” In the pipeline, Lange is set to star in a screen adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and reunite with Kathy Bates in the drama “Places, Please.” In the current year, she appeared in Neil Jordan’s period noir “Marlowe.” Moreover, she is scheduled to return to Broadway in the spring to lead a production of Paula Vogel’s new play, “Mother Play.”
In contemplating her potential retirement from the world of filmmaking, Lange remains a prominent figure in the entertainment world, leaving an indelible mark on both the stage and screen.