Personally, I don’t even know why this is up for debate. Nevertheless, ever since ‘The Dark Knight‘, there’s been a notable backlash in the film-going community against actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. Specifically, against her looks. Are these complaints truly representative of the majority of viewers, or just the juvenile grumblings of comic book fanboys? Cast your vote after the break.
Some of the insults against Gyllenhaal over the last couple of years have been downright nasty. A Google search for “Maggie Gyllenhaal ugly” pulls in 159,000 results. (“Maggie Gyllenhaal fugly” pulls in an additional 14,200.) Typical comments include phrases like “droopy-faced,” “ugly as shit,” and “a fugly skank who cannot act.” Even at their least offensive, complainers often describe her as a downgrade from Katie Holmes, who previously played the same character in ‘Batman Begins‘.
Really? I just don’t get that at all. Katie Holmes is cute, but looks like a little girl, and is a terrible actress. (At least, she has been ever since Tom Cruise zombified her.) Maybe Gyllenhaal doesn’t look like a supermodel, but she’s a real woman who I think is quite beautiful. She’s also a vastly better actress than Holmes. Vastly. So much so, that the comparison is laughable.
My first exposure to Maggie Gyllenhaal was the perverse black comedy ‘Secretary’. Let me tell you, she is scorching hot in that movie. In films like ‘Stranger than Fiction‘ and ‘Crazy Heart‘, she has a very earthy, languid sexuality that I also find very appealing.
Is this a minority opinion? She can’t be that hated, or she wouldn’t still get work. So, you tell me where you stand. Vote in the poll below.