Marvel Studios’ Assembled: The Making of Eternals is now streaming on Disney+ and we can now watch the fun and all the challenges actors had to go through while filming 2021’s Eternals. One particular challenge for Salma Hayek portraying Ajak is a horse scene in which he had an accident in the past.
In Chloé Zao’s debut of Eternals, Salma Hayek was joined by a well-known cast comprised of Richard Madden, Kit Harrington, Gemma Chan, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, and Angelina Jolie. Former member of the One Direction group, Harry Styles also joined for a post-credits cameo teasing a future role in the MCU. The plot of the film focused on the world’s first secret Avengers and how they have been protecting the earth from the Deviants. However, secrets unraveled and they discovered their true mission.
Marvel’s Assembled featured a lot of behind-the-scenes of the film and their fun interactions on the set. We also saw how dedicated each cast and the production for the film to debut the Eternals into the MCU.
Thanks to Marvel’s Assembled, we discovered how filming the Eternals helped Salma Hayek to overcome one of her greatest fears.
Hayek recalled the events of her accident while riding a horse and expressed gratitude to one particular scene in the film that enabled her ‘to free herself from her past.’
“I had a very important moment for me in this film, personally. I have a scene where you have to ride a horse. And I had an accident with a horse many, many years ago. So, I didn’t get on horses. And I freed myself from my past, from my fear. And I was able to just gallop with the horse and feel…And I really didn’t know if I was gonna be able to do it. But I wanted to do it. And I think it even helped me with the character. For the character, it was a freeing experience for me.”
Though Hayek’s character, Ajak, was the first one to die in the film, this film gave her an opportunity to overcome a traumatic past on a brief screen time.
Salma Hayek revealed in an interview that she signed for multiple projects for the MCU, so it's safe to assume that she might come back as an Eternal in the future.
Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Eternals is now streaming on Disney+.