Samuel L. Jackson Counters Quentin Tarantino’s Stance on Marvel Stars: “These Actors Are Movie Stars”
The actor and producer, currently starring on Broadway as The Piano Lesson ,, appeared on Tuesday with LaTanya Jackson, the play’s director, and his wife to promote the August Wilson production. The View Tuesday During their discussion, the actor was asked about Tarantino’s recent statements on the 2 Bears 1 Cave podcast, in which he argued, as others have, that the MCU doesn’t make movie stars.
“Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” he said. They’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Thor is the star. This is not something I have said before. Although I believe that this has been said many times, it’s these franchise characters who have made me a star.
Jackson, who was a star before he joined the MCU as Nick Fury ), argued that there are movie superstars made out of the franchise. Jackson cited Chadwick Boseman’s film Black Panther , which was nominated by the Oscars for best picture, and Scarlett Johansson to illustrate how movie stars can come and go from the MCU.
“It’s not a big deal for me to know that these actors have been movie stars. Chadwick Boseman plays Black Panther. He said that it was impossible to refute his statement and that he is a movie star.” “It takes an actor to play those particular characters
Jackson also took a stand on what Jackson believes is the ultimate measure of what makes an actor “star” in Hollywood. Jackson stated, “The sign of movie stardom was always — what — asses sitting in seats.” “What are you talking about ?”
Tarantino spoke with 2 Bears 1 cave host Tom Segura about the rise of Marvel movies. He stated that his “only axe” with them was that they were, in his view, “the only thing that seem to be made.”
“They are the complete representation of this era in movies right now. There isn’t much space for anything else. That’s my problem. It’s a problem of representation.”
Jackson is not the only MCU actor to respond to Tarantino’s comments. ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu discussed how the “Golden Age”, Tarantino may have been referring to, was largely devoid of race diversity.
“If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 million plus movie,” he tweeted. “I’m in awe at their filmmaking genius. They are masterful auteurs. But they don’t get to point their nose at me or anyone.”
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