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Lily Gladstone Criticizes Devery Jacobs for 'Killers of the Flower Moon'

Indigenous actress Lily Gladstone defends "Reservation Dogs" star Devery Jacobs' criticism of "Killers of the Flower Moon" in Rolling Stone interview.

Lily Gladstone, who recently made history as the first Indigenous woman to win a Best Actress Golden Globe for her role in "Killers of the Flower Moon," has spoken out about the criticism of the film by fellow Indigenous actress Devery Jacobs. Jacobs, who stars in "Reservation Dogs" and Marvel's "Echo," had previously voiced her concerns about the portrayal of Osage characters in the movie, calling them "painfully underwritten" and expressing frustration at the depiction of the "horrors white men inflicted" on Indigenous people.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Gladstone addressed Jacobs' comments, emphasizing that she did not want to bring any undue criticism or backlash onto her friend. She acknowledged that Jacobs' reaction was a response to the trauma that many Native women feel when seeing these portrayals for the first time, and emphasized the importance of understanding the historical context and impact of such representations.

Gladstone also highlighted the efforts she and director Martin Scorsese made to engage with the Osage community during the production of the film. She emphasized that they did not "cut and run" after filming, and that they are committed to maintaining the relationships they formed with the Osage people. She stressed the importance of ongoing conversations and dialogue about the film and its impact on the community.

Despite the initial criticism of the movie, Jacobs also praised Gladstone for her performance, noting that she "carried Mollie [with] tremendous grace." Gladstone's dedication to her role included extensive research and language classes to accurately portray her character, and she revealed that Scorsese had asked her to rewrite several scenes to ensure authenticity and respect for the Osage people.

In a separate interview with Osage News, Scorsese expressed his deep respect and commitment to the Osage community, describing the film as an "offering" from the heart. Gladstone's thoughtful and nuanced response to the criticism of the film reflects her deep understanding of the complex issues at play, and her commitment to honoring and amplifying the voices of the Osage people.

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