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Why Channing Tatum's 'Blink Twice' Ditched Its Original Explicit Title

Why Channing Tatum’s ‘Blink Twice’ Ditched Its Original Explicit Title

Continuing her chat with Entertainment Weekly, Zoë Kravitz revealed that her intent for the original title was to make it empowering, especially among its target audience. However, as time progressed, Kravitz realized that her initial explicit title wasn’t resonating with the demographic she hopes to attract to theaters. “Interestingly enough, after researching it, women were offended by the word, and women seeing the title were saying, ‘I don’t want to see that movie,'” she said. As an artist, she added, she feels a responsibility to listen to her intended audience.

“Blink Twice” is just the latest film set to release amid Channing Tatum’s comeback; we hadn’t seen the “Magic Mike” actor on screen for several years before 2021’s “Free Guy.” The upcoming film follows Frida (played by Naomi Ackie), a waitress who is invited by tech billionaire Slater King (played by Tatum) to a party on his private island. Predictably, things do not go as planned during the extravagant getaway, which is enveloped in mystery.

In her conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Kravitz explained that the film’s initial explicit title was intricately tied to the project’s themes. She also divulged that the original name was the first thing she wrote down when it was time to tackle her project. Despite originally resisting the change, she’s satisfied with the film’s final title, commenting, “I think everything happens for a reason, and I think it actually really focuses the movie in a great way.”

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Source: Entertainment Weekly