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“I will sell him on this movie in a Russian bath”: Jonathan Majors Made Glen Powell Strip Naked to Convince Him for $21M Box-Office Bomb

“I will sell him on this movie in a Russian bath”: Jonathan Majors Made Glen Powell Strip Naked to Convince Him for $21M Box-Office Bomb

Glen Powell is riding a high right now. After appearing in Top Gun: Maverick, the actor has become a fan favorite of DC fans who want him to star as Green Lantern. However, 2022 was not a wholly successful year for him. Another one of his movies, Devotion, starring Jonathan Majors, bombed at the box office. It made just $21.8 million on a budget of $90 million. However, Powell loved making the film with Majors, who he had to convince in a Russian bath to star in it.

How Did Glen Powell Convince Jonathan Majors For Devotion

Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell in Devotion
Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell in Devotion

Jonathan Majors stars as the lead Jesse Brown in Devotion. Glen Powell plays his friend Tom Hudner in the film. In an interview with Variety, Powell expressed his admiration for Majors and shared a funny anecdote about meeting him in a Russian bath and pitching him the film there. As per Powell:

“I had just seen ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ and I was like, ‘This is the guy. We have to get him.’ He read and liked the script, and I flew to New York to meet him. I remember getting a nervous call from the producers saying, ‘Hey, Jonathan wants to meet you at a Russian bathhouse. Is that okay?’ I was like, ‘Sure. I will sell him on this movie in a Russian bath.'”

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Glen Powell and Jonathan Majors
Glen Powell and Jonathan Majors

The Top Gun: Maverick actor also said that even though the situation was awkward, they ultimately became best friends due to it. Powell elaborated:

“It’s funny to meet someone where you’re basically naked and pitching them. But we were there for hours and we came out great friends.”

The actor also said that Majors is “going to be on the Mount Rushmore of great actors of our generation.” However, the Kang actor’s Hollywood dream run might get crushed because of abuse allegations that have surfaced against him.

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Abuse Allegations Against Jonathan Majors

Jonathan Majors
Jonathan Majors

TMZ reports that Jonathan Majors was arrested on charges of harassment, assault, and strangulation in Manhattan. He was taken to jail from the spot but has since been released without bail but he is scheduled to appear in court in May. As per TMZ’s sources, the alleged victim is Majors’ girlfriend who suffered visible injuries. As per the outlet:

“The alleged victim had visible injuries — including a laceration behind her ear, redness and marks to her face. She was taken to an area hospital and is in stable condition…We’re also told the alleged victim claims he put his hands around her neck during this… It appears the girlfriend went to police the following morning (Sat.) and reported a crime.”

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The site reports that the alleged girlfriend confronted Majors upon seeing another woman text him. The situation escalated and he allegedly grabbed and slapped her. Majors’ reps have denied all allegations and said, “He’s done nothing wrong. We look forward to clearing his name and clearing this up.” Social media is divided on the Marvel star with many debating how this situation will affect MCU’s Multiverse Saga. It remains to be seen how this case progresses.

Devotion is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

Source: Variety and TMZ

Written by Ishita Chatterjee

A literature graduate who loves sharing her views on everything pop-culture and entertainment. Ishita especially loves dreaming about superheroes and comic books when she isn't day dreaming about them everyday either way.