Dear Evan Hansen: Ben Platt opens up about ‘horrifying’ internet that makes moviegoing difficult

Social media and the rest of the internet can be a really hard thing for a teenager to deal with. It can be even more difficult for an almost 30-year-old playing a teenager on screen. When Ben Platt began playing the role of Evan Hansen in the Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen, back in 2015 he was in his early 20s. For adult actors portraying teenagers, it’s already pushing what you can pass, unless you’re a Michael J. Fox or a Ralph Macchio. When the movie adaptation first came out, he was in his late 20s.

Ben Platt opens up in a report from The Hollywood Reporter that his experience with the film was difficult when they tried to adapt the Tony Award-winning musical into a film to a disastrous degree. Platt explains,

It was definitely a disappointing experience and difficult, and it definitely opened my eyes to the internet and how horrible it can be. You would have to believe after doing it Dear Evan Hansen on stage for four years, I would have known that already. I do my best to focus on people who told me it moved them and they really felt seen by it. It is very easy for the good to be drowned out by the bad.”

When the film’s trailer debuted, it had been a punching bag for various reasons, including the fact that Platt was clearly unable to pass as a teenager, even though he had already played the character for years. Platt vented his frustration on Twitter “random people are idiots about age” last year. He added that he has since deleted his account, “I find that Twitter exists almost exclusively to tear people down. I didn’t get anything positive and it’s been really nice to be away.”

The movie flopped and was critically panned despite sports talent including Kaitlyn Dever, Julianne Moore and Amy Adams. However, Platt hasn’t let the whole endeavor taint him on the project. He expressed that he was “really grateful” for the time he spent playing the role for four years on stage, earning him a Tony for Best Actor.

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