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Sundance: Jonathan Majors Draws Electric Standing Ovation After ‘Magazine Dreams’ Premiere

Elijah Bynum’s world premiere hosted by the Sundance Film Festival Magazine Dreams may have had a bumpy start, as traffic delays and festival congestion in Park City caused the film to start 45 minutes late. But after the credits rolled and the lights came on, star Jonathan Majors faced the Eccles Theater audience and received an electric standing ovation.

In what many call a relentless and fully committed performance, Majors stars as Killian Maddox, an amateur bodybuilder who sacrifices his health, both mental and physical, to pursue his dream of superstardom, while struggling to keep control of his short temper .

The festival’s official synopsis calls the film “a provocative film that respects the dignity of its protagonist as he strives to portray the most physically and emotionally painful moments of his dark odyssey.” Those who caught the display are quick to describe it as Taxi diver.

Written and directed by Bynum, who made his directorial debut on Hot summer evenings with Timothee Chalamet, Magazine Dreams made the Black List and is one of the most popular acquisition titles here at the festival with CAA repping rights. (Fun fact: Bynum began his career at CAA before transitioning into filmmaking.) Majors will star opposite Haley Bennett, Taylour Paige, Mike O’Hearn, Harrison Page, and Harriet Sansom Harris in the film produced by Jennifer Fox, Dan Gilroy, Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman.

It was also one of several world premieres to kick off the first weekend of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the first face-to-face gathering in three years. If there were any questions about how many people would be coming to Park City this year, those were blotted out around noon Friday when Main Street, Park Avenue, and just about every transit shuttle were packed to the brim, leading to traffic headaches and ride share nightmares as reported by several attendees.

The party scene also gained momentum. Long ago Magazine Dreams cast members arrived at their official after party at Chase Sapphire on Main, revelers lined up outside on a frigid Friday night waiting to get in at one of the festival’s hottest venues this year. Matt Rogers and Jaboukie Young-White were among the stars entering the packed event. Across the street, CNN Films toasted its doc Little Richard: I am everything (obtained by Magnolia Pictures here) as down the street Phoebe Dynevor and Alden Ehrenreich arrived at the after party for their Chloe Dumont movie, Fair gameat the Sommsation Lounge shortly after it erupted in critical acclaim. The protectorfor one, calling it “a knockout thriller.”

The Majors arrived by 10:00 PM, followed by Paige dancing her way through the auditorium to the VIP hideout. Meanwhile, a bunch of CAA agents huddled by the door as buzz filtered through the bash about a possible distribution deal, though nothing was expected overnight.

The actor said that earlier in the day The Hollywood Reporter that he signed on for the role because he was interested in working with Bynum and exploring what the author had to say about society.

“What I bonded with the most was this idea of ​​society and what happens to an individual when they are reprimanded by society,” Majors said. “Unseen is rebuked by something. When you are unseen and cannot see yourself in society, the gaslighting begins and your mental and your spiritual and your social begin to shift and change. I haven’t read a script that presented that kind of opportunity and that kind of challenge to myself as an actor or myself as a citizen of society. And I also thought it was impossible to be a bodybuilder while reading it and I weighed 172 pounds at the time. I accepted that challenge.”

See the full interview with Majors, Bynum and Bennett THRs Sundance Lounge here.

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