Melanie Lynskey didn’t appreciate the criticism that she was a little too zaftig for the role of a post-apocalyptic warlord.
Model Adrienne Curry made a tweeted observation (since deleted) on February 8 that Lynskey was not suitable for the “Last of Us” role of Kathleen, a Kansas City warlord who apparently defeated Phaedra’s militia in that city. He’s now after the main characters Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Eli (Bella Ramsay) when they tangle with his crew.
Curry, an “America’s Next Top Model” alum, tweeted a photo of Lynskey and noted, “Her body says life of luxury… not post-apocalyptic (sp) warlord. Where (the terminator actress) Linda Hamilton When you need it?”
Lynskey wasn’t having it.
“First off – this is a photo from my cover shoot for InStyle magazine, not a still from HBO’s ‘The Last of Us'” Tweeted. “And I’m playing a man who carefully planned and overthrew FEDRA. I’m supposed to be smart, ma’am. I don’t need to be muscular. That’s what chickens are for.
Lynskey added, “I understand that some people are mad that I’m not a typical casting for this role. It’s exciting to me. Except for the moments after the action is called, when you feel like you’re actually in someone else’s body, the most exciting part of my job is subverting expectations.”
Curry, however, was not disappointed. He doubled down on his statement.
“I’m on top of everything now,” the model said Tweeted. “Actors can’t allow people to not like their characters? I’m done. We’re not the things we pretend we are on set or on stage. It’s okay if someone doesn’t like them. It’s not personal in the slightest.”
He also accused Lynskey of cropping up “the perfect hourglass frame of what I said was the most desirable thing to men. Seems quite manipulative. Also, he’s not his character,” he added.