Warning: Dialogue of kid grooming and rape.
The person within the case that partially impressed Might December, Vili Fualaau, simply criticized the Netflix film in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
Vili, now 40, was 12 when he was raped by 34-year-old Mary Kay Letourneau. Like within the film, his first youngster was born whereas she was in jail. They finally cut up shortly earlier than Mary Kay died in 2020, with Vili by her aspect.
Author Samy Burch confirmed to AwardsWatch that the case and “tabloid tradition” round it was impressed by Letourneau, however that “all the small print have been fictional.” In fact, there are various similarities between the actual story and the Might December model, and Julianne Moore ended up watching an A&E documentary on the case whereas getting ready for her function.
“I’m nonetheless alive and effectively,” Vili started. “If they’d reached out to me, we might have labored collectively on a masterpiece. As an alternative, they selected to do a ripoff of my authentic story.”
“I’m offended by your complete venture and the dearth of respect given to me — who lived via an actual story and continues to be dwelling it,” he continued.
In actual fact, Vili stated that he wasn’t against the concept of somebody making a film primarily based on his life. “I like motion pictures — good motion pictures,” he defined. “And I love ones that seize the essence and issues of real-life occasions. You recognize, motion pictures that assist you to see or notice one thing new each time you watch them.”
In the end, Vili felt that the film was exploitation and that his “story will not be practically so simple as this film.”
Representatives for Charles Melton, Todd Haynes, and Netflix didn’t reply to the Hollywood Reporter’s request for remark — however, given the quantity of awards buzz over Charles’s efficiency, we’ll let if he addresses it over the approaching weeks.