Zoe Saldana has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2014, primarily starring in the Guardians of the Galaxy films as Gamora. However, it seems some of the Hollywood Elite looks down on actors appearing in the MCU. Saldana told Net-A-Porter (via THR):
“I’ve been in rooms with people in this industry who are great at what they do, but they’re absolutely elitist and they look down at movies like the Marvel films or actors like myself. They think we’re selling out in some way. Every time they speak I feel so disappointed in them, because whenever you see pictures of people in this industry who donate their time to children in need, it’s these actors that live in the world that you feel is selling out.”
Saldana explained that the responsibility of playing a superhero extends beyond filming:
“That actor takes time out of their life and sits down with that five-year-old and says, ‘I see you, I hear you, and you matter.’ Those elitists should be a little more cognizant about what playing a superhero means to a young child. Because you’re not just dissing me, you’re dissing what that child considers important in their world.”
“I feel so proud to be living in space, to be playing green and blue aliens, to inspire, primarily, the younger generations. I remember what it was like to be young and to feel completely excluded out of the mainstream conversation of life because I was just little and unimportant and ‘other.’”
For the unnamed Hollywood Elite that thinks starring in a superhero film is low-tier acting, just look at films like The Dark Knight and Logan that say otherwise. Plus, as Saldana pointed out, I am constantly seeing and reading stories of superhero actors taking the time to visit sick children in hospitals and chatting with them online. Not everyone would do that.
Do you agree with Saldana’s comments?