Samuel L. Jackson opens up on Quentin Tarantino’s Marvel controversy

Samuel L. Jackson has questioned his longtime collaborator Quentin Tarantino’s recent criticism of Marvel actors and the “marvelization of Hollywood.”

Last week (November 22), the respected director made headlines for his assessment of the Marvel Universe and the actors who fill those roles, saying they are “not movie stars.”

Appears in Tuesday’s (November 29) episode. The viewJackson – who has acted in several Tarantino films including Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight – used the late Chadwick Boseman as an example to refute the filmmaker’s claims.

“Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther. There’s no disputing that and he’s a movie star,” said the 73-year-old actor, who has also appeared as superhero Nick Fury in multiple MCU films.

“It takes an actor to be these special characters, and the mark of the movie star has always been, huh, butts on seats? What are we talking about?” Jackson added. “It’s not much of a controversy for me to know that these actors are apparently movie stars.”

Tarantino shared his opinion while with Tom Segura speculation in the cinema podcast, arguing that “part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is … You’ve got all these actors who have become famous playing these characters.”

“But they’re not movie stars. he suggested. “Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first person to say that,” he added.

Samuel L Jackson and Quentin Tarantino

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Jackson’s comments echo those of Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Star Simu Liu, who also defended superhero films against Tarantino’s less than positive comments.

“If Tarantino and Scorsese were the only gatekeepers to movie stardom, I would never have had the opportunity to direct a $400 million+ film,” Liu tweeted.

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“No film studio is or ever will be perfect,” he continued. “But I’m proud to work with a company that has made a sustained effort to improve diversity on screen by creating heroes who empower and inspire people of all communities, everywhere.” Samuel L. Jackson opens up on Quentin Tarantino’s Marvel controversy


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