Guardians of the Galaxy Star Zoe Saldana Addresses People Who Call Marvel Actors ‘Sell Outs’

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While being interviewed by Net-A-Porter, Guardians of the Galaxy Actress Zoe Saldana took the time to call out a general people in her industry, specifically Hollywood Elitist who consider and have accused Marvel Studios actors and actresses of being “sell outs”.

It’s no secret that the Marvel Machine that Kevin Feige and Co. have produced has had a big impact on the Hollywood Industry, and movie going as a whole. Because of Marvel Studios, there have been so many more attempts on Movie Studios parts of some semblance of a shared universe. While it’s obviously had a positive effect on fans and pop culture and the general audience, there are some who Saldana calls “elitist” that believe those who are signed with Marvel Studios are some form of sell outs. Here is what Zoe Saldana had to say about this issue:

“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. It’s these actors that understand the role that they play inspires a five-year-old who has one dying wish to meet a superhero. 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’.”

 While Marvel Studios may not be producing and putting out films that, on the surface, have any sort of deeper meaning or impact that ‘Hollywood Elitist’ see, what Saldana is trying to explain is that these films impact a sort of audience that those Elitist do not recognize, inspiring a younger generation who wouldn’t necessarily be able to relate to the type of films said ‘Elitist’ are more worried about. Zoe Saldana was also able to point out how Marvel Studios has given filmmakers without a voice the opportunity to come and present their own vision, ands to give them a voice in the film industry as well:

“I work with filmmakers who gravitated to this genre because they were exiles in their own right, excluded from a mainstream conversation. They found their world and they were able to imagine the unimaginable. Everything about how they create, and how they invite characters to join them, is absolutely inclusive.”

So while some may find Marvel Studios films to be a form of a sell out, there is actually a new voice and a new audience to resonate with thanks to these 10 years of fantastical and marvelous storytelling at work, with new and creative voices able to tell their stories in part thanks to Marvel Studios. – Ernesto Valenzuela


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