Eternals actress Salma Hayek: “It’s a humbling experience to play a superhero in your fifties”



Hollywood star Salma Hayek says she is someone who “dreams big” and that she was surprised to finally be able to make Eternals, which fulfills her wish to play a superhero in a blockbuster movie with a great director like Chloe Zhao.

The next Marvel Cinematic Universe film revolves around the Eternals, an alien race living on Earth for over 7,000 years, who team up to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.

Hayek said she doesn’t look like a traditional superhero that audiences are used to watching onscreen. She embodies Ajak, the wise and spiritual leader at the heart of the story, who has the ability to heal and is the “bridge” between the Eternals and their creators called the Celestials.

“It’s a really humbling experience because, you know, I’m dreaming big. I dream big and if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have made it here at all. In my big dreams, I wanted to be a superhero, and I wanted to work with the best directors in the world and have big blockbuster movies and also movies that are art, that are made from one place. very deep with great directors, ”Hayek said Tuesday night at a virtual press conference for the Los Angeles film.

“And it didn’t happen to me that much. So you fight for that in your twenties, thirties, and forties, you’re like, ‘Oh, fuck them, they don’t get it, they missed that. I would have been awesome in art movies and I would have been a great superhero (but) they didn’t see it. Shit them, we’re gonna do something else. ‘Let’s have a baby!’ The 55-year-old Mexican-American star joked.

Hayek said she had given up on playing a superhero, and then Eternals came to her.

“… Now it’s very humbling when in your mid-50s a brilliant director gives you the opportunity to do both: do something that comes from a deep place, which is also a big blockbuster. I was wrong. Everything is possible. And it’s a feeling of humility, ”she added.

The Frida star said she “almost cried” at the film’s premiere recently when she saw three little girls from a Latino family dressed like her character.

The sex of Ajak, the character played by Hayek, was swapped from male to female as Zhao said she and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige wanted a “mother figure” as leader of the Eternals.

“And when you think about it, you know, in my 50s, (I’m) Mexican. I mean I’m petite with big boobs, not the normal superhero… I don’t have botox, I’m fine but, ”she said, pointing to a resounding laugh from the rest. of the casting.

The actor said the team even let her do her own stunts in the film.

When little girls around the world see her play Ajak onscreen, Hayek said they will remember “anything is possible”.

The Eternals ensemble cast also includes Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani and Angelina Jolie.

The film is slated to hit theaters in India on November 5 in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.


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