Salma Hayek forays into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the multi-starrer Eternals, directed by Chloe Zhao, who received an Oscar for Best Director earlier this 12 months. Hayek performs the function of Ajak, the clever chief of the titular extra-terrestrial immortals who’re residing on earth in disguise.
They reunite to guard the planet from Deviants, their evil counterparts. Thanos was one of many Deviants, no less than within the comics.
Hayek, whereas chatting with Variety, opened up about her fears about moving into the footwear of Ajak, actually. She stated, “I am claustrophobic. I was terrified of the costume. I was terrified. Because if I cannot move and it’s kind of thick… I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m not going to be able to breathe. It’s going to drive me crazy. And I went to put it on, I found myself profoundly moved. It was a very strange experience because I didn’t expect it. I forgot about how does it fit? Am I going to get a claustrophobic attack?”
She added, “All I could see was, ‘Oh my God, here’s a Mexican female in this outfit and this is really happening. And yes, we get to be superheroes.’”
Eternals, written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, additionally stars Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Angelina Jolie and Kit Harington.
Hayek additionally talked in regards to the sheer variety of the solid, nonetheless a rarity amongst main industrial, would-be blockbusters. She stated, “I think a lot of people are going to feel seen and that’s important and that’s what matters. It’s not diverse for the sake of being diverse. It’s the way she chose every single one of us that really creates a family for the purpose of the Eternals. For the purpose of the film. It doesn’t feel forced.”
Eternals comes out on November 5, 2021.