Zoe Saldana weighed in on James Cameron's latest comments criticizing the superhero genre. Last month, the veteran filmmaker specifically called out the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy for their “hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process,” adding that he hopes that the fascination with superhero films soon die down. As expected, it has caused countless online debates, some chastising the director for his words, while others see his point.
Saldana is particularly at a tough spot regarding Cameron's negative view of the superhero genre as she's both a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe playing the team's femme fatale Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy and the filmmaker's budding sci-fi franchise, Avatar, playing the lead role as Neytiri (which she's actually filming). Prior to the director's comments, the actress even blatantly called out Hollywood elitists who think lowly of actors starring in comic book movies.
Sitting down with the LA Times to talk about Gamora's pivotal part in Avengers: Infinity War, Saldana was asked about her thoughts on Cameron's recent comments about the currently popular genre. However, instead of giving it her two cents, she simply advised people to learn about the full context of the director's quotes and not just focus on one part of his interview.
No. [Laughs] My advice for people is to read full articles and not just believe a soundbite. Because usually, soundbites are very mean-spirited and they're just done for the intention of getting more likes and more views — it's not really with the intention of educating and informing the public. So for all those educated intellectuals out there that like to stay current with news, just read the full article and you will understand where James Cameron was coming from. I know that all the Marvel producers did because they read it.
Unfortunately, the problem with this is that this is not the first time that Cameron openly criticized the genre. Last year, he called Wonder Woman a "step backward" with regard to female representation on the big screen, comparing Gal Gadot's Diana Prince to Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor from the Terminator series, who is supposedly more nuanced and a proper embodiment of a strong lead woman. This prompted director Patty Jenkins to respond to the jab, defending her film and its importance when it comes to further female empowerment in Hollywood.
This is not the first time that Saldana was asked about the specific matter. While guesting on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week before the release of Avengers: Infinity War alongside with some of her cast members, the topic was brought up by the host. But before she could say something about it, Robert Downey Jr. swooped in and diverted the conversation by saying that he wants to be in a Cameron film. Earlier that week, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was also asked about the filmmaker's comments, but the producer was cleverly able to dodge the question.
Source: LA Times
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