Kumail Nanjiani sought therapy in response to the poor reception of “Eternals.” The actor, who portrayed Kingo in the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie, revealed that the stress of promoting a picture that failed to win over audiences hurt his psychological well-being to the point where he sought counselling. Kumail stated to Michael Rosenbaum on “Inside of You”: “The reviews were bad, and I was too aware of it.”
“It was really, really hard because Marvel thought that movie was going to be really, really well reviewed, so they lifted the embargo early and put it in some fancy movie festivals and they sent us on a big global tour to promote the movie right as the embargo lifted.” Kumail believes the response was “unfair” towards him and his wife Emily V. Gordon, and he queried whether the negative assessment of the movie was connected to the “actual quality” of the film.
The actor stated, “I think there was some weird soup in the atmosphere for why that movie got slammed so much, and I think not much of it has to do with the actual quality of the movie. It was really hard, and that was when I thought it was unfair to me and unfair to Emily, and I can’t approach my work this way anymore. So I started counselling. I still talk to my therapist about that.”
Kumail added “Emily says that I do have trauma from it. We actually just got dinner with somebody else from that movie and we were like, ‘That was tough, wasn’t it?’, and he’s like, ‘Yeah, that was really tough’, and I think we all went through something similar.”