Ezra Miller, before, seemed to go out of his way to remind you that he’s not mainstream. That he doesn’t wear clothes, he’s dons “textiles”. It felt like a sneer, like a judgement of those who are mainstream, rather than a celebration of the joy of not being mainstream. Duana has written often about nerd self-acceptance and the delight that more and more nerds are expressing in their own nerdness. I wonder if Ezra Miller has been leaning into that, instead of indulging his disdain for what he isn’t, he has eased into what he is.
Ezra is currently promoting Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. He plays Credence Barebone, an adopted middle child with two sisters, described as “withdrawn, extremely shy and far more vulnerable” than his siblings. He is a loner who ends up coming under the influence of Colin Farrell’s Percival Graves, a powerful wizard. From those brief details, Ezra is obviously perfect though, right? Here’s how he reacted to getting the part:
“But getting the role was a moment of absolute ecstatic joy and sort of transcendent sense of completion.”
Then he danced around New York, dropped to his knees, crying and screaming at the sky.
And nerd is how he’s been speaking on this press tour. He’s quick with the Harry Potter references, he can’t wait to show you, tell you, how much he knows about the wizarding world, how much he loves the wizarding world. He’s loved it for a long time, since he was 7:
“My introduction, actually, was close to the beginning when I was about seven reading the first book, or more specifically, to be more precise, my father reading the book to me, which was a wonderful part of my childhood, being read to. I think some of my first favorite performances were those of my parents reading children’s books, and then just got obsessed with the series—read all the books. I really was just a Harry Potter kid. I listened to the audio books almost every day. It was my security blanket, it was my scripture to listen to the Jim Dale performances of Harry Potter, so the material is really embedded in my being in a way that seems like it’s finally paying off. (chuckles)”
It’s hard to be an asshole, hard to be truculent when you’re so attached to something, and then you become a part of it. And with this franchise in particular, you’re almost not allowed to be nonchalant if you’re involved. Ambivalence, too-cool-for-schoolness, has no place here. Even Ezra Miller had to recognise it.
Fantastic Beasts, of course, is a Warner Bros property. One of the biggest WB properties. Also? Justice League. And Ezra happens to be connected to that too as he’s The Flash, Barry Allen. So we’ve gone from pretentious Ezra to enthusiastic Ezra, from offbeat indie Ezra to still offbeat big budget big studio Ezra. To the point where the other day, Ezra Miller played the part of big team player– watch this:
The Flash is currently having director issues. The standalone movie has already lost two directors. Ezra, however, does not sound sulky, nor is he pretending like he could take it or leave. Quite the contrary – he wants it, he wants you to know that he wants it, gushing to Yahoo! that:
“I’ll tell you that donning the Flash suit is one of the single most thrilling experiences I’ve ever known. You know it’s like a samurai getting in his armor. Every day, I just felt like, so cool. It’s the greatest. I really love playing the Flash. I love Barry Allen. I really, I’ve come to, yeah, I’ve come to really hold a special place in my heart for this neurotic but altruistic individual.
I’m just so excited to explore him and explore that for as long as possible. Even if it just means, this. Honestly, it’s an incredible gift to the world, the long history of the Flash. I feel so lucky to be a part of these great stories.”
Gushing! About a superhero costume! Gushing about textiles! Hi gushy Ezra Miller! How long are you sticking around?