Killers of the Flower Moon star Lily Gladstone has shared a supportive message for Indigenous viewers of the movie, following the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike.
The actress stars in Martin Scorsese’s latest epic that focuses on the true story of the Osage murders.
Based on David Grann’s 2017 non-fiction book, the film recounts how a wealthy Native American community fell victim to a treacherous scheme in 1920s Oklahoma.
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Gladstone — who portrays real-life Osage woman Mollie Burkhart in the film — penned an emotional message on social media to Indigenous viewers, acknowledging that it can be a difficult watch.
“The most pressing thing I’ve wanted to say about Killers of the Flower Moon, especially to Native Women & Youth: See it when and only if you feel ready, and see it with people you feel safe with,” she began a long thread on X — formerly Twitter. “You’ll likely have a lot of generational grief to process. You’re not alone.”
She then proceeded to share a host of anonymous resources for any viewers in need of crisis support.
Gladstone also expressed how proud she was of the film, which saw members of the Osage Nation collaborate with production to capture the important retelling.
“Never forget this story is recent history with a lasting impact on breathing, feeling people today,” she said. “It belongs to them, & we all have so much to learn from it.”
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The actress concluded with a powerful sentiment: “In this process of learning about the horrific Reign of Terror, remember that the Osage remain.
Native People remain. And this story is a lot to take in. Be kind, and please be gentle with each other. There is much to process, and much to heal.”
Scorsese’s sixth feature collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio and his tenth with Robert DeNiro grossed a global total of $44 million.
The Western crime drama is therefore the award-winning director’s best movie opening in the last decade.