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In Her 50s and ‘Short With Big Boobs’: Eternals Star Salma Hayek Admits She’s the Unlikeliest of Superheroes

Eternals is a superhero action film directed by Chloe Zhao that is set for a worldwide release on November 5. It is the twenty-sixth offering in the colossal Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise.

In this Singapore news, we will be covering Salma Hayek’s opinion about the film and how diverse the cast is.

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Premise

The Eternals are superpowered entities created by the Celestials and they were instructed not to interfere in human conflicts unless Deviants or their monstrous counterparts were involved. 

This premise is the one that the Eternals cast gets to talk about in the recent virtual conferences after the “blue carpet” premiere of the movie on October 18 at the Dolby Theater.

The marketing campaign rolled out after that ahead of the November release in cinemas worldwide.

The film is praised for its ethnically diverse cast and its Academy Award winner Chloe Zhao and it is produced by Marvel genius Kevin Feige.

The Eternals

The main cast of the film includes Gemma Chan as Sersi, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Bryan Tyree Henry as Phaistos, Barry Keoghan as Drug, Angelina Jolie as Thena and Salma Hayek as Ajak.

The film is regarded as different from what Marvel fans are used to. It bears elaborate worldbuilding of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with visually stunning scenes and it is much more reminiscent of art films than your typical Marvel film formula.

The premise of the story revolves around a group of 10 immortal ancient aliens who have been living on Earth for a thousand years and are tasked by the Celestials to protect humanity against the Deviants.

Salma as Ajak

Salma Hayek plays Ajak which is a gender-swapped version from the comics. She is the matriarch of the Eternals with the abilities to heal and to contact the Celestials.

She is the most enthusiastic about the project and she often mentioned in the interviews how diverse the cast is with her being a Latina.

Said the 55-year-old Mexican-American star: “I dream big. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here at all. I wanted to be a superhero, to work with the best directors, have blockbuster movies and be in movies that are art.

“But it didn’t happen that much for me. You fight for it in your 20s, your 30s and your 40s. Then you go, ‘Oh, s**** them, they don’t get it’.

“But now, it is very humbling when, in the middle of your 50s, a brilliant director gives you the opportunity to do that. I was wrong. Everything is possible.”

Latina Superhero

Salma, who knows that her build is not superhero-esque, is still grateful for the opportunity.

“I mean, I am short with big boobs. It is not the normal superhero. I am not muscular. They were not afraid that grandma was gonna break,” she joked.

Salma definitely touches the heart of the film as it focuses on the importance of family as it is the most integral concept in Latin culture.

“It’s beautiful. Yesterday, (at the film’s premiere on Oct 18), I nearly cried because I saw this Latino family – a mother and three little girls all dressed like Ajak. That they can see themselves in this, thank you to Marvel and thank you to Chloe.”

Diverse Cast

Aside from Salma, the cast has three Asian actors (Don Lee, Gemma Chan, and Kumail Nanjiani) and two African-American actors (Bryan Tyree Henry and Lauren Ridloff). Also, the film will also feature Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first deaf and LGBTQ superheroes.

The Eternals is definitely a breath of fresh air to the MCU. As different as it is from the rest of Marvel’s vein, it is certainly a very important film as it will expand the MCU more and will define the future of the colossal film franchise.

Eternals is set to be released in theaters worldwide on November 5.

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