Actor-producer John Abraham, who most recently appeared in Attack, recently spoke on performers carving out their own niche in the film industry and how they should collaborate rather than compete. “I think I am the Brad Pitt (of Ocean’s Eleven),” John remarked in a video on Siddharth Kannan’s YouTube channel.
John mentioned him while discussing the film’s ensemble cast, in which no one steps on each other’s toes and everyone has their own job to perform. In response to a question concerning performers in films overshadowing each other. John said, “I always give one example, of Brad Pitt in Ocean’s Eleven. I think I am the Brad Pitt, where George Clooney, Matt Damon are performing and Brad Pitt is having a burger in the back. I feel every actor has got his space. If you are in front of the camera (and take up some space), I think those days are gone. No one cares. In fact, it is my aim as a producer to collaborate with other actors. I want Akshay Kumar, Tiger Shroff, and Varun Dhawan to work with me. I want every actor to work with me. My thought process is different.”
During numerous press appearances leading up to the release of Attack, John was open about admitting Satyameva Jayate 2’s failure and how it was his responsibility, not director Milap Zaveri’s. John argued the same thing here, saying that everyone had endorsed the film’s concept, so it would be unfair to throw Milap under the bus.
When asked how he feels when people dismiss him after a film’s flop, the Dhoom star stated he doesn’t read the remarks. John, on the other hand, recalls being constantly written off earlier in his career.
But earlier in his career, John recalled he was written off all the time. “They keep writing me off after every film. And there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s okay. My point is very simple, all these people who have written me off today probably half of them have come to me for work as writers. Maybe they need some help. I try and help as much as I can. They say ‘listen, we are very sorry, we said what we had to because we didn’t know you’. They have their own reasons, could be unhappy marriages, or they wake up unhappy. It’s okay. I understand. But now when they come to me for work, it’s nice. I try and help them and say ‘listen, you could have been good critics, you are failed writers but no problem, any help that I could give from my side, I will, whatever I can’.”