Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s performance at Super Bowl 2020 has become one of the most memorable shows in recent history (in addition to the sixth ranking of Rolling rock at best half time show always). Two years later, J.Lo reflects on that iconic evening in his new documentary, Half timestarting June 14 on Netflix.
The film takes us into the creative process of López, not only in terms of his performance in the Super Bowl, but also in terms of The Wall Street girls, one of the last titles he produced and performed: “Hollywood is driven by men. They have their own ideas about what can “sell” and what doesn’t. We are trying to change things, “said Lopez.
Above all, the documentary reveals the human side of a woman – often overshadowed by the sensationalist reports of her private life – who continues to play a crucial role on a global scale thanks to her hard work ethic and ability to address any kind of audience. . Half time is the close look at a Latin star who has achieved iconic status.
“I don’t think I could have done the Super Bowl five or ten years ago … I wasn’t ready. I didn’t quite understand who he was. He was still trying to figure it out,” he said in the documentary. “I want to do so many things. I don’t end up here, not even for a dream.”
Here are seven key steps in the movie. Seven things we learned about J.Lo, from his origins to gossip, from political positions to defeat at the Golden Globe.
Calling two superstars for the Super Bowl “was the worst idea in the world”
“The more we know what the other person has in mind, the easier this collaboration will be,” Lopez says before “meeting” Shakira on FaceTime to talk about the show. “They confirmed to me that we will have one or two more minutes of the time that is usually allowed, so we should get to 13-14 minutes in total,” he explained shortly after to his partner. “But if they want two stars, they should give us 20 minutes. They should do that!
Lopez’s frustration at having to share with another singerhalf time show continues throughout the documentary. “It was insulting to suggest that it took two Latin stars to do what one person has historically always done,” says Lopez manager Benny Medina.
J. Lo’s anger is not against Shakira, but against the fact that her performance has been greatly reduced: “30 seconds for each song … if it had been a minute for each, it would have been fine. Some songs have to be sung for more than a few seconds, we’re not in a fucking nightclub! “, Shouts López in a heated discussion with the music director Kim Burse. “Asking two people to do the Super Bowl show is the worst idea in the world.”
“It’s a human rights issue”: J. Lo and politics
Lopez’s performance came at a very hot time: Donald Trump was about to begin his final year as president, and together they launched the 2020 election campaign. The debate heated up after many refugee families split. on the U.S.-Mexico border. And the Colin Kaepernick case had just erupted in the NFL. “I couldn’t believe what I had in front of my eyes,” Lopez says of the images of Latin children placed behind bars. “You can’t take a child out of their parents. There are things that, as a human being, you can’t do … I understood that it was my responsibility not to be silent, that I couldn’t always leave politics to others.”
López admits that he has never been “too interested in politics”, but at that moment he felt the need to make his voice heard. “The new generations should not be repressed as they have been … it’s a very delicate subject, but if we manage to convey this message in the right way, many more people will be able to receive it.”
López symbolically managed to bring cages to the NFL field where the dancers danced to the rhythm of the notes We make noise and the Springsteenian Born in the USA. At that time there was also the solo of his daughter Emme. “I wanted Emme to sit in that cage. I told her, ‘Look straight into the room and tell all the girls in the world to shout, never give in to injustice,'” the diva reveals through tears. “It was a very important choice for me. After that moment, I wanted to get back on stage wrapped in an American flag, because I’m proud of it … and then I turned it around and showed a Puerto Rican flag. “
During the final rehearsal, one of the NFL heavyweights was named J.Lo. “The NFL was seriously concerned about this pro-immigration position in the program,” Medina recalls. “They didn’t want these cages on stage for no reason.” But López was adamant: “It was never a political issue for me. It is a matter of human rights. This is a turning point in my life. I’m about to perform on the biggest stage in the world … taking out those cages would mean sacrificing what I believe in. It would be like never going on stage. “
Origins “from the blog”
The documentary also takes us back to the protagonist’s childhood in the Bronx: things have never been just pink and flowers, for “Jenny from the Block”. “She was very hard on us,” Lopez says of her mother Lupe at a Thanksgiving party. “Everything I did, I did in her best interest,” says Lupe.
López also reveals that he has always been one of the family members who did not know how to sing; but Rita Moreno in West Side Story (“Always a point of reference for me”) inspired her and convinced her to focus on everything: dancing, acting and singing, all in all. “When I was little, I was always told that I would never be a singer. My sister was the singer, the big one was the smart one. I was the athlete, the dancer … when I was asked, “Can you sing?”, I said, “No.”
Jennifer and the Lost Oscar: “I disappointed everyone”
One of the most “human” moments of Half time is when we see Lopez reacting to rumors that she would win a Golden Globe and be nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Wall Street Girls… Just running out of statuette or candidacy.
Lopez wanted to redeem with The Wall Street girls the failure to win a Balloon for Selenathe film that had consecrated her in 1997. But the second time she was defeated by Laura Dern, succeeding with Wedding story (for which he would later also win the Oscar, ndt). “I really thought I had a chance,” Jennifer confesses. “I thought I was disappointing everyone. My team believed in me so much, it would be a recognition of all their work. Most of them have been with me for twenty years, since the time of Selena“.
After the Gloden Globes and the eve of the Super Bowl, rumors of a possible Oscar nomination became more and more insistent. The night before she discovered the lost nomination, J.Lo had a dream in which she was nominated for an Academy Award. But then he woke up and a message from a friend told him he hadn’t made it. “I was really starting to think I was going to be nominated. I believed it because a lot of people told me it was going to happen … and then it wasn’t like that. I wondered, ‘What does all this mean?’ myself: I’ve never worked to be rewarded I don’t want to be the best performer in the world I do this work to tell stories, to connect with people and their emotions and to change things I want to contribute, in my own small way, to make the world a better place ”.
“I was a bitch with a big ass”
López reflects on what it meant for her to become an actress at a time when “the ideal of beauty was to be blonde, tall and with many curves”. And what it meant to be the ass of many jokes about her physique: “They said she was a bitch with a big ass. I grew up among women with a soft physique, I was never ashamed of my curves. Those jokes hurt me a lot. “
The documentary also shows unpublished images about the birth of the jungle dress by Versace became one of her most iconic looks, and she decided to take it back to the catwalk in 2019 after a meeting with Donatella Versace. “Your body is more beautiful now,” says the designer, “it’s amazing.” The film also features the director of Vogue America Anna Wintour. “During the shows, Anna is famous for always staying calm and quiet, with her sunglasses that don’t let anything pass,” says López. “When I went out on the catwalk, it clapped my hands.”
The war of the tabloids: J.Lo and gossip
However, the tabloids of the early 2000s were a veritable sewer celebrities with Lopez. Who today accuses me of always telling them about their love stories and not about the results I get from time to time? My self-esteem has reached very low levels. I began to believe what those newspapers wrote: that, after all, it wasn’t that good, or at least that wasn’t the point. “
For J.Lo, his relationship with the press has always been “a toxic and dysfunctional relationship.” The document also shows a rather racist scene South Park which describes her as an untalented artist, and which reduces her to a caricature of which only her curves and Latin being stand out. Most of the gossip surrounding him in the early 2000s also involved Ben Affleck. “I once said,‘ Don’t you mind all this? ’” Affleck observes during his brief participation in the documentary. She replied, “I am a woman. I am Latin. I hope all this happens. It’s you who doesn’t expect it. You know that you will always be treated the right way. “
In recent years, the diva has shifted her focus to negative comments: “I don’t want them to influence my path anymore. I have learned that one should not look at others but at oneself. You don’t have to let someone tell you who you are, you have to be the one to build your world. “
The turning point of American idol: “People have seen who they really are”
In his forties, López had difficulty redefining himself as an artist. “I had lost a little bit of what I had been trying to build a perfect family,” Lopez says as she reflects on her marriage and subsequent divorce from Marc Anthony. “I was a single mother with two young children. At the age of 42, the roles that cinema offers you are starting to run out. I had to go back to work, but I no longer understood what my value was.”
But then it came American idol, and it was “right for me.” According to López, “people could see me as I really was, which changed everything. I learned a lot from myself. I finally had a purpose, I thought I should act more, sing more, work harder. It had to be better than it had been in all areas. “
From Rolling Stone USA