Trenches essay

Playing Diana’s fierce warrior trainer and mentor, General Antiope, Robin Wright marks an evolution of her own. Wright was once a princess, too: the beautiful, benign “Buttercup” in The Princess Bride   (1987). Sure, she was in Forrest Gump , and she was Sean Penn’s best wife, and she starred in a string of unremarkable roles until she burst back onto the map as the ruthless Claire Underwood in House of Cards . Claire is willing to sacrifice anything to capture power in America’s capital—only in the opposite way Billie challenges power in Born Yesterday . It’s because of her role as Claire Underwood that Wright is so believable as Antiope. The scars on her shoulder transcend makeup: we know Robin Wright has seen some shit, and she’s not just training Diana; she’s training all of us. “You are stronger than you know,” she tells Diana. “You have greater powers than you know. But if you don’t try harder…”

Trenches essay

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