O’Shea Jackson Jr. on How His Batman Obsession Landed Him Role in ‘Ingrid Goes West’ (Video)

Sundance 2017: Dark comedy also stars Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen and Andrew Horschak

Last Updated: January 25, 2017 @ 10:37 PM

“Ingrid Goes West” star O’Shea Jackson Jr. says his obsession with Batman actually landed him the role in the dark comedy.

“The reason why I got the role was because of my obsession with Batman,” the actor told TheWrap at its interview studio at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. “I really love Batman, to the point where the first interaction between Aubrey [Plaza] and I was a text, and the first thing I said to her was, ‘hey, it’s Batman’ — not knowing about the role, not knowing about the script, not knowing about anything, just Shea being Shea.”

He added, “She thought that was me saying yes to the role, so here I am today — that’s the short story, a beautiful story.”

In “Ingrid Goes West,” Jackson plays a screenwriter obsessed with the DC Comics character. The film is about Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza), a mentally disturbed woman who becomes obsessed with a social media star (Elizabeth Olsen). Her obsession becomes dangerous, especially when she drops everything to move west to befriend the star.

The film also stars Angelica Amor, Megan Griffey, Andrew Horschak, Wyatt Russell and Pom Klementieff, who attended TheWrap’s interview studio with director Matt Spicer.

“Ingrid Goes West” drew a rapturous reception in its world premiere at the Library Theatre at Sundance on Friday night.

Watch the video above.