For most actors, being cast in a Marvel film appears to be a solid gig but Avengers: Infinity War actress Zoe Saldana said that it has its downsides. During an interview with Net-A-Porter, Saldana slammed Hollywood elitists who think Marvel actors are "selling out." She said:
"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."
Most of these executives are probably just mad at Marvel for taking a wide range of talent and effectively getting many of these actors off the market.
The actress went on to explain that the responsibility of playing a superhero is often overlooked: "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,'" she explained. "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." Saldana added, "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.'"
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olson, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Don Cheadle, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin.
Avengers: Infinity War hits U.S. theaters on April 27.