James Franco has been blogging for the Huffington Post for a while now, and in his most recent post he praises Kristen Stewart for her work in Snow White and draws some interesting parallels between her real-life fame and her fantasy heroine role.
James Franco writes:
In a way, the film could also be said to parallel Stewart’s rise to stardom. Snow White is imprisoned in a tower for about a decade — let’s say from age eight to 18. From the looks of the place, I doubt she received much in the way of nourishing food or toiletries, let alone an education, so it is a little strange to see spry, beautiful, intelligent Kristen Stewart emerge from the dungeon. Of course, this is a fairy tale and we can allow that the princess is beautiful. These are Medieval conditions, so even if she hadn’t been in prison, she’d probably look like crap from the lack of modern tooth brushing apparatuses and moisturizers alone. So we can assume that this is our version of beauty, standing in for an older version. But the idea that she is the chosen one, fit to rule the kingdom without any preparation or training, is hard to accept. This unearned entitlement is the same issue that bedevils the Twilight stories: these kids don’t have to work to become beautiful, immortal, intelligent vampires; they just need to get bitten. Some might argue that Stewart — or any young upstart buoyed by the surge of a successful franchise, album, or Internet meme — is just as unjustly charmed. Some could say she had a lucky break when she was cast in Twilight and then rose to international stardom based less on her own skills than on the success of the project. But, whereas Snow White would more than likely be inarticulate, diseased and frail after being confined in a tower for 10 years, Kristen Stewart landed Twilight after years of working with some of the best directors in the business (David Fincher, Sean Penn). She actually does deserve the crown.
James Franco continues, writing:
To me, then, the images of Snow White as a leader of immense strength, charging on horseback across the beach at the head of an army, has less to do with her character and more to do with the actress who plays her. Stewart has braved more scrutiny of her private life than most presidents. She has taken big career risks by doing films like Welcome to the Rileys, The Runaways and On the Road (nudity, I hear). She has worked her ass off. Whatever Snow White may be, Kristen is a warrior queen. Give her the crown.
What do you think of the article by James Franco? You can read the whole thing here.