Gina Carano and Fox News sat down together and let the recently fired actress pour her heart and soul out. After her firing from the Star Wars spinoff, The Madalorian on Disney+, Carano has done some reflecting. She talks about life after being publicly “cancelled” and using art to heal trauma. Gina Carano also stars in Terror on the Prairie, a Western set in the Montana plains.
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For Gina Carano, filming Terror on the Prairie was healing because her character’s internal battles mirrored what she was actually feeling in real life. She plays Hattie McAllister, a wife and mom fighting back against gangs in the Wild West.
“I was fighting for my name.”
“When I was canceled, I felt like everything was turned against me. Everything that I loved was just against me. I was fighting for my name,” Carano told Fox. “But Hattie, she’s out there with her family. She’s trying to be a supportive wife, but she’s removed from her home and it’s hard. Everything has been stripped from her. The elements have turned against her.”
Gina Carano’s own life was evident in aspects of Hattie’s, even if the actual situation was different. Being cancelled by society or culture wars can take a toll on a person’s life. But she found solace in playing the badass Western momma.
“I just felt it was a really good time for me to access the pain that I was feeling in my personal life and wear it quietly,” said Carano. “Because that’s how I felt inside. It was nice that the character had that in it, and I could kind of use that as therapy, just to let my hurt show in a way that I was doing in life anyway. I think it really added to my character.”
Gina Carano was fired by Disney+ for comments on her social media pertaining to what she perceived was going on in the world. Specifically, she’d likened the current political climate to the plight of the Jews during the Holocaust.
Carano upset a lot of people when she posted, “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…. even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
She was promptly fired by Disney+ and Lucasfilm for her comparison of Republicans to the persecuted Jews.
A spokesperson for Lucasfilm said that there were “no plans for her to be in the future.” Their statement elaborated, “Nevertheless, [Carano’s] social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Circling back to her infamous words, Carano tells Fox that she wishes that people used conversation instead of cancelation. She says that corporations are in a position of power to exemplify this but are instead perpetuating cancel culture. She says this is dangerously similar to social credit scores.
“There should be more of a conversation…”
“…Even if somebody does make a mistake or something, there should be some amount of forgiveness if it was not on purpose,” Carano explains. “There should be more conversation of, ‘Let me explain to you what I mean there,’ or, ‘Let’s talk about this,’ so that it teaches the children and everybody else how to talk about things, and they don’t bully each other. All these companies are saying they’re against bullying. And yet, that’s all they represent — how to bully. Don’t have conversations, cancel people, pressure people.”
Carano says that she understands the firing and not wanting to associate with certain people. But at the same time, thinks there’s a better way. “…When a company’s preaching about being inclusive to all people, and they’re not, they’re just telling one side of the story, and they’re just telling … they’re alienating half of, if not more, the country, I think that we’ve run into a big problem,” she says.
The movie’s poster cheekily displays the slogan, “Gina Strikes Back.”