• Chris Pine made his directorial debut
  • His movie 'Poolman' was not well-received
  • THIS is his reaction to the snubs

In an industry where the spotlight often burns brighter than the sun, Chris Pine, the Hollywood heartthrob known for his roles in 'Star Trek' and 'Wonder Woman,' has made headlines yet again. This time, it's not for his on-screen charisma but for his directorial debut, 'Poolman.' Despite facing a wave of criticism, Pine's response is nothing short of inspiring.

Pine's Journey with 'Poolman'

"Poolman" introduces audiences to a quirky tale of a Los Angeles pool technician embroiled in a water heist. While the film's reception was lukewarm, to put it mildly, Pine's outlook in the face of adversity is refreshingly positive.

Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Pine shared, "It’s forced me to double down on joy. As an actor… fundamentally it’s about play, right? What we do is essentially become children for hours a day and make believe."

Pine's resilience shines through as he discusses the "come to Jesus moment" the negative feedback provided, highlighting his journey towards growth and self-discovery. "The cognitive dissonance there was quite something," he admitted, reflecting on the stark contrast between the joy of creation and the harshness of criticism.

Moreover, he wasn’t particularly surprised by them. He did allow that it was hard to reconcile having made a project "with so much joy behind it, to then be met with this fuselage of not-so-joyous stuff."

"The cognitive dissonance there was quite something," he said.

"Yes, there’s the hurt of the cut, there’s the hurt of the moment, but as the scar tissue forms, as the healing process happens, you do benefit from the growth and resilience in sitting in your being of what you’re trying to say.”

Pine says he still believes, no matter what others say. "After the reviews in Toronto, I was like, maybe I did just make a pile of shit,” he recalled. "So I went back and watched it, and I was like, I f---ing love this film."

Pine also discussed the movie’s reception with his therapist, he said. “In everything that feels like a setback, yes there is the hurt of the cut, but as the scar tissue forms and the healing process happens you do benefit from a growth in resilience.”

He also said that while actors can "hide behind" many aspects of a movie when it comes to criticism, the same is not true for writers and directors.

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This testament to artistic integrity and personal belief is a powerful reminder of the subjective nature of art and the importance of staying true to one's vision.

"The closest thing I would imagine that this is like — co-writing, directing, and starring in — is a stand-up comedian on stage feeling utterly naked," he said.