Pulp Fiction and Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Samuel L. Jackson recently responded in an interview about Quentin Tarantino’s opinions on the MCU. Samuel and his wife LaTanya Jackson were promoting the Broadway presentation of The Piano Lesson until the actor was prompted the question. Both the actor and the Once Upon a Time In Hollywood director clearly have different views on the matter, especially since the former does appear in the MCU films and shows as Nick Fury.
Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Fury of the MCU, Defends His Fellow Castmates from Quentin Tarantino Views
Upon making an appearance on The View with The Piano Lesson director LaTanya Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson was asked by one of the hosts about his stance on Quentin Tarantino’s comments on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its impact on the film industry. Mainly the Django Unchained director’s opinions on the actors and the MCU characters.
“Well, it takes an actor to be those particular characters,” he begins. “The side of movie stardom has always been – asses in seats? What are we talking about? So, that’s not a big controversy for me to know that, well, these actors are movie stars. Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther. You can’t refute that. And he’s a movie star.”
You can check out the full interview right here with Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Jackson, where they discuss more about The Piano Lesson and other topics.
Quentin Tarantino’s original comment came around the time of the Black Panther sequel release. He stated on the 2 Bears 1 Cave podcast with Tom Segura: “Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” he said. “But they’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Thor is the star. I’m not the first person to say that. I think that’s been said a zillion times, but it’s these franchise characters [who] become a star.” He wasn’t clear who else has commented on the actors’ nature around the Marvel characters.
This isn’t the first time Tarantino has made a comment about Marvel in the film industry. He once admitted that making those films requires a “hired hand,” which he openly expresses not to be.
He isn’t the first well-known director to express their views on superhero films. Martin Scorsese once said they weren’t “cinema,” and Ridley Scott claims that he’ll never make one due to the “thin, gossamer tightrope of the non-reality of the situation of the superhero.”
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