Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated movie Could December is going through backlash over its portrayal of Mary Kay Letourneau’s ex-husband Vili Fualaau. The true-life inspiration behind Charles Melton’s character, who’s now 40 years previous, slammed the film as a “ripoff” of his life and defined why he’s “offended” by it.
“I’m offended by the whole mission and the shortage of respect given to me — who lived by means of an actual story and remains to be residing it,” Vili advised The Hollywood Reporter throughout an interview revealed on January 4. “I really like films — good films. And I like ones that seize the essence and issues of real-life occasions. You already know, films that assist you to see or notice one thing new each time you watch them. These sorts of writers and administrators — somebody who can try this — could be excellent to work with, as a result of my story shouldn’t be almost so simple as this film [portrays].”
Vili additionally revealed that nobody from Netflix — the studio that distributed the movie — “reached out” to him even though Charles’ character, Joe Yoo, relies on him.
“I’m nonetheless alive and effectively,” Vili identified. “If that they had reached out to me, we might have labored collectively on a masterpiece. As an alternative, they selected to do a ripoff of my authentic story.”
Primarily based on Vili and Mary Kay’s controversial previous relationship, Could December follows Elizabeth (Natalie), an actress researching a brand new film position a few former 36-year-old instructor named Gracie (Julianne) who seduced her 13-year-old pupil Joe (Charles) within the Nineties. Within the story, Gracie and Joe at the moment are married with excessive school-aged kids.
All through the movie, viewers see Joe query his and Gracie’s marriage. In a single scene, the character smokes a joint along with his son and admits to by no means attempting it earlier than. Towards the tip of the story, Joe and Elizabeth have intercourse, however she insults him by implying that he by no means skilled an grownup relationship.
Within the remaining scene of Could December, Elizabeth shoots a scene in character as Gracie whereas grooming Joe. Whereas the director notes that they’ll transfer on, Elizabeth asks to movie yet another take, insisting that the expertise is “getting extra actual” for her.
The true-life story of Mary Kay and Vili befell once they have been found getting intimate in a automotive when she was 34 years previous and he was solely 12. She pleaded responsible to second-degree youngster rape. Whereas serving her jail sentence, Mary Kay gave start to her and Vili’s kids. In 2005, the pair received married.
In 2020, Mary Kay died from colorectal most cancers at 58 years previous. Regardless of her and Vili having separated on the time, he remained by her facet when she died.