Marvel Star Admits to Screaming Match With ‘Eternals’ Director

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Marvel Studios’ Eternals will not hit theaters until November 5, but the newest superhero film is already generating a ton of buzz — from the introduction of a deaf superhero to rumors of one heck of a post-credits scene. Eternals has a number of big names in its cast, including Angelina Jolie, Game of Thrones stars Richard Madden and Kit Harrington, and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani.

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Eternals will also bring Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek into the Marvel fold. Hayek will be playing the role of Ajak — a healer who leads the Eternals, all of whom were created when the Celestials began experimenting on humans thousands of years ago. In the original comics, Ajak was a man, but Marvel decided to change the superhero’s gender and Hayek was cast in the role.

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Actors always want to bring their characters to life in their own way, and sometimes that can be different from the vision that the director has for the character, which can cause some friction. Hayek recently admitted that such differences caused her and Eternals director Chloé Zhao to get into a fight that escalated to screaming so loud that Hayek’s neighbors could hear.

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Hayek spoke about the film, and her fight with Zhao, in an interview with Elle magazine:

I had some problems with the script and we got into a serious fight at my house. We were both passionate. And she was like, “No, but that’s not how I designed it.” The people outside my house were calling it a fight, because we were kind of screaming. We continued to talk and talk, and it went on for a long time. The people outside were so nervous that I was going to get fired. I came out and I said, “Wow, I’m in love with her brain!” That was the best creative conversation I’ve ever had with a director in my life, and she felt the same. She told me, “Wow! That was amazing.” It was just complete freedom. We found our middle ground. While finding it, we came up with other ideas. It was super exciting.

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It seems that the fight is far behind them and, at a recent press conference, Hayek heaped praise on Zhao, calling her “one of the best directors in the world”.

Here is more information on Marvel’s Eternals from Disney:

Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” welcomes an exciting new team of Super Heroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The epic story, spanning thousands of years, features a group of immortal heroes forced out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s oldest enemy, The Deviants. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Richard Madden as the all-powerful Ikaris, Gemma Chan as humankind-loving Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as cosmic-powered Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as the intelligent inventor Phastos, Salma Hayek as the wise and spiritual leader Ajak, Lia McHugh as the eternally young, old-soul Sprite, Don Lee as the powerful Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as aloof loner Druig, and Angelina Jolie as the fierce warrior Thena. Kit Harington plays Dane Whitman.

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Eternals will premiere exclusively in theaters on November 5 and will play for a limited 45-day run — just like Marvel’s last film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The film will then come to Disney+, although an official Disney+ release date has not been announced at this time.

Will you be seeing Eternals when it comes to theaters on November 5? Let us know in the comments!

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