For those who don’t know, Ben was 27 when he made the movie and he plays a high school student. In some since-deleted tweets, he addressed his critics on the day the trailer was released.
Back in June, Ben did an interview with The Zach Sang Show and he addressed the criticism of his age in the movie. He went as far as saying that he doesn’t think the Dear Evan Hansen movie would have ever been made without him as the star.
Click inside to read the recent comments that he made…
“I think you know people like to have something to say that is negative regardless of what it is and so if my thing is something that I can’t control at all, which is my age, then bring it on. I’m glad it’s not about the performance or my voice or anything that actually matters,” Ben began.
He continued, “I think the reactions is largely from people that don’t know the context of the piece; the fact that I created the role and workshopped it for three years and did all of the out-of-town productions and originated on Broadway and received the accolades that I did.”
Ben then said that people are “not really understanding the fact that, like, were I not to do the movie, it probably wouldn’t get made. And so I think, you know, my defensive response is to want to like, go onto twitter and be like, you know ‘F you guys, like you don’t even know that like this wouldn’t exist without me.’”
Ben did add that his sentiment is “not true entirely” and it’s not his place to say whether the movie would have actually gotten made without him.
If you didn’t know, Ben‘s dad Marc Platt is the lead producer on the movie.