Gal Gadot responds to the backlash against her infamous ‘Imagine’ video: ‘I just wanted to send light and love to the world’

  • Gal Gadot has responded to the controversy around her infamous celebrity-filled rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine." 
  • During a wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair, the "Wonder Woman" actor said of the video: "Sometimes, you know, you try and do a good deed and it's just not the right good deed. I had nothing but good intentions and it came from the best place, and I just wanted to send light and love to the world."
  • Gadot said that the cringe-worthy performance originally started "with a few friends," but then she spoke with "Bridesmaids" star Kristen Wiig who enlisted a host of other celebrities. 
  • She said: "Kristen is like the mayor of Hollywood. Everyone loves her, and she brought a bunch of people to the game. But yeah, I started it, and I can only say that I meant to do something good and pure, and it didn't transcend."
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Gal Gadot has responded to the controversy around her infamous celebrity-filled rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine." 

During a wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair, the "Wonder Woman" actor said: "Sometimes, you know, you try and do a good deed and it's just not the right good deed. I had nothing but good intentions and it came from the best place, and I just wanted to send light and love to the world."

Jimmy Fallon, Gal Gadot, and Pedro Pascal sang "Imagine."
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Gadot said that the cringe-worthy performance originally started "with a few friends," but then she spoke with "Bridesmaids" star Kristen Wiig who enlisted a host of other celebrities.

"Kristen is like the mayor of Hollywood," she said. "Everyone loves her, and she brought a bunch of people to the game. But yeah, I started it, and I can only say that I meant to do something good and pure, and it didn't transcend."

Gal Gadot posted the off-key rendition to her Instagram account. The video stitches together clips of more than 20 stars — including A-listers like Jimmy Fallon, Mark Ruffalo, Will Ferrell, Natalie Portman, and Amy Adams — as well as a few real singers such as Sia and Norah Jones singing lines from Lennon's famous call for unity and equality.

When introducing the performance, Gadot said that her time in self-quarantine had made her feel "a bit philosophical."

The video was quickly and widely slammed for being tone-deaf with critics arguing that instead of singing, the celebrities involved should donate money and resources that could actually help people.

During the interview with Vanity Fair, it was also revealed that Gadot earned $10 million for her role in the upcoming "Wonder Woman 1984" sequel, 33 times more than the salary she received for the first film.

Both Warner Bros. and the film's director Patty Jenkins have ruled out a straight to VOD release for the superhero sequel. It is still currently scheduled for a December 25 release. 

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