Remember when the first cast photo from the “Jumanji” reboot was released in September last year, many fans were not happy with one character’s outfit.
Although the image featured Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart as well, Karen Gillan was singled out and criticised for wearing a skimpy ensemble – which many thought was unnecessarily revealing. Turns out, Gillan is also unhappy over what viewers called, a “sexist” jungle attire.
In the promotional image above, Gillan, who plays an Amazonian warrior named Ruby Roundhouse, is wearing a cropped shirt with leather straps, low-cut short cargo shorts together with lace-up knee-high hiking boots. The 29-year-old Scottish actress insists that there’s more to the revealing costume than just an excuse to show some skin.
During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gillan assures the public that her look does serves a purpose in the story
. “I’ve experienced something similar when I worked on ‘Doctor Who’ and there was such an uproar about my costume when that was first revealed, so I thought it was happening all over again. But I have to say, I’d never take on a role that was truly gratuitous for no reason. There’s a really valid reason why she’s wearing that. My character is really not happy about it!” she said.
The actress doesn’t go into detail as to what the reason is, but it does echo a statement she tweeted last year which reads, “Yes I’m wearing child sized clothes and YES there is a reason! The pay off is worth it, I promise!”
Directed by Jake Kasdan, the “Jumanji” reboot is set to release on 22nd December 2017.