Ben Platt Thinks That The “Dear Evan Hansen” Movie Would’ve Never Been Made Without Him
Ben Platt has been with Dear Evan Hansen since the beginning from workshops in 2014 to starring in it on Broadway in 2016, which got him the Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical at the tender age of 23. As we know, acclaimed things that aren’t movies will eventually be made into a movie. 27-year-old Ben reprised his role as 17-year-old Evan Hansen in the movie version that comes out on September 24. While us “randos being jerks” may have been rolling on our floors laughing at this Inception-level stretch of our imaginations that this obvious man was a teenager, Ben has come out to say that he basically had to be the one to play this role (in the movie which is being produced by his father). Because if he didn’t, Dear Evan Hansen would never have been made! …And what would have been the problem with that?
Ben Platt’s father is Marc Platt, a big theater, film, and TV producer who just so happens to be a producer on the Dear Evan Hansen movie. Ben talked about making the movie and sort of tooted his own nepotistic horn, but not really through admitting any nepotism. Ben was on The Zach Sang Show in June and said that while people were making fun and dragging him for looking like the least-believable Josie Grossy ever, it was mostly people who didn’t know that he was the one who “workshopped” the piece and originated it and “received the accolades” he did. via Just Jared:
“I think you know people like to have something to say that is negative regardless of what it is and so if my thing is something that I can’t control at all, which is my age, then bring it on. I’m glad it’s not about the performance or my voice or anything that actually matters…
I think the reactions is largely from people that don’t know the context of the piece; the fact that I created the role and workshopped it for three years and did all of the out-of-town productions and originated on Broadway and received the accolades that I did.”
You see, we aren’t under “understanding” the facts of the matter. And the fact is this movie wouldn’t have been made without him!
Ben then said that people are “not really understanding the fact that, like, were I not to do the movie, it probably wouldn’t get made. And so I think, you know, my defensive response is to want to like, go onto twitter and be like, you know “F you guys, like you don’t even know that like this wouldn’t exist without me.””
I wish it didn’t! Ben added that his opinions were “not true entirely” and the movie may have been made without him.
He looks like Joaquin Pheonix gone method but I’m supposed to think his ass is running to third-period chemistry? Sure, Jan. We’re also supposed to believe that Ben is the only one who can play a yodeling high school student? Well hey, maybe they wrote into the script some things to make it more believable. Maybe in the movie version, Evan Hansen just escaped that beach from Old?