Ellen Pompeo Calls Out Daniel Craig for His James Bond Comments: “This Dude Needs a Reality Check”

Ellen Pompeo Calls Out Daniel Craig for James Bond Comments
Ellen Pompeo tweeted a scolding comment after Daniel Craig seemingly disparaged the James Bond franchise in a recent interview. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images; Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Sony Pictures

Context, context, context. Ellen Pompeo shared a scolding tweet about Daniel Craig on Thursday, Oct. 8, after the James Bond actor made seemingly disparaging remarks about the famous film franchise in a recent interview with Time Out London.

“This dude needs a reality check,” the Grey’s Anatomy star wrote, linking to an article about Craig’s controversial comments. Pompeo, 45, has played the titular character on the hit ABC medical drama since 2005.

But the comments in question were just one part of the actor’s lengthy interview with the publication. Taken out of context, though, it’s easy to see how Craig could come off as an entitled Hollywood type.

When a fan pointed this out to Pompeo, the actress agreed.

“You are absolutely right!” the actress responded to a fan who suggested that Craig’s quotes were likely “not exactly what he said.” “I certainly have been there.”

Asked if he’d want to do another Bond movie in the near future, the Spectre actor responded swiftly.

“Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,” he said. “No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”

The 47-year-old actor, who first joined the franchise as its famous leading man in 2006’s Casino Royale, added that having done a total of four Bond films, he’s ready for a bit of a break.

“I just want to switch my brain off,” he said of wrapping any major film. “What usually happens is it’s 6 a.m. on a Sunday and I’m bolt upright in bed thinking that I’ve got to go to work. It’s about switching that feeling off, turning the alarm off and going to sleep.”

But though the role has been all-consuming, Craig said he isn’t particularly worried that he’ll be type-casted for the rest of his acting career.

“Bond allows me to do anything I want to in some respects,” he said. “But it’s changed my working life in an incredible way. There are more opportunities. I could do many, many things. But it takes an awful amount of time. If anything, the restriction is that it is incredibly time-consuming. That’s the restriction.” 

His advice for future actors who might step into Bond’s well-heeled shoes?

“Don’t be s—t! Go for it. Embrace it,” he said. 

Spectre opens in theaters at the end of October.

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