Emma Stone hated playing an elf on Netflix’s ‘Maniac’ because she doesn’t like the fantasy genre — and hasn’t even seen ‘Lord of the Rings’

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  • Emma Stone really didn’t want to play an elf on the Netflix show “Maniac.”
  • When the show’s director, Cary Joji Fukunaga, suggested it, she immediately nixed it, telling the director she only liked to play real characters. 
  • But Fukunaga told Business Insider he couldn’t resist writing it into the show.

 

Warning: Spoilers below if you haven’t seen episode seven of “Maniac.”

It turns out there’s a reason why we’ve never seen Emma Stone in a fantasy movie: she only likes to play realistic characters. 

“Maniac” director Cary Joji Fukunaga discovered that early on while developing the Netflix show with the Oscar winner. While kicking around ideas for the different type of roles she and her costar Jonah Hill could play on the show, when their characters are on drugs, he had a thought. 

“I said, ‘How about an elf or a vampire?’ Fukunaga recalled to Business Insider. “And she said, ‘No. Nothing that’s not real.’”

“Just personally, that’s not her taste,” Fukunaga said. “She’s never seen ‘Lord of the Rings,’ she can’t get into things that aren’t real.”

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