Salma Hayek Almost Revealed Eternals Spoilers At Comic-Con 2019
Salma Hayek remembers how she nearly blew Eternals spoilers while discussing the script with director Chloe Zhao backstage at Comic-Con.
Salma Hayek remembers how she almost blew it up Eternals spoilers in 2019. Eternals, which is the third film in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will arrive in theaters on November 5, 2021. The film will introduce audiences to a group of immortal beings who have guided humanity for thousands of years and protected them from the monstrous creatures known as deviants. The film stars Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Dong-seok Ma, Lia McHugh and Lauren Ridloff.
In Eternals, Salma Hayek plays a gender-swapped version of the character Ajak, who possesses the power to fly, super strength, and the ability to manipulate molecules with her mind. Ajak is the conduit through which the Eternals can communicate with the Celestials, who created them and the Deviants during their experiences on early humanity. In this film, Ajak is also presented as the leader of the group due to this connection.
At The Graham Norton Show, Salma Hayek explained the dangers of openly discussing a Marvel project. She said she sat alone with director Chloe Zhao backstage at Comic-Con 2019, the year Marvel revealed their plans for Phase 4. Hayek was trying to ask Zhao questions aloud about the script, but was silenced because the director was concerned that people would lean their ears against the wall to listen to spoilers. Hayek was shocked that this was something people actually do. Check out his full quote below:
I remember talking to the director for the first time at a hotel where they do this – oh my god – like, in San Diego where all the weird people dress like Halloween when it’s not Halloween, are there for this. convention… Comic-Con!
It was all completely surreal. I’m talking to him and you know I’m Mexican, I talk loud. I lost my voice from the interviews, but you should … you know I’m talking loudly. And I start asking her questions and she says “Shhhhhh …”
And I’m like “What?”
“They can hear us! And the script is secret! “
And I’m like, “But there’s no one here.”
“The next door! You have to be very careful. Everyone knows we’re talking about the new Marvel movie. They could hear on the walls.
And she was serious! Because they really do! So it was really weird. But I love it now, I feel at home!
Eternals has already been the subject of much spoiler speculation in all directions. In one case early in production, fans grabbed a behind-the-scenes image of Downton abbey star Dan Stevens hangs out with the cast. The casting announcement has still not been officially confirmed, although the star has strongly hinted that he will star as Deviant Kro.
While Salma Hayek has been a big star since the mid-90s, Eternals is his first experience on a successful franchise project at the level of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are fans looking for spoilers in any way they can, and Marvel stars are trained to expertly dodge interviewer questions to avoid plot details. However, it must be an extreme culture shock to enter this world as a new actor. Considering the way she talks about Comic-Con, Hayek isn’t particularly familiar with nerd culture, so she probably had no idea what pressure cooker this particular aspect of the job was going to be.
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Source: The Graham Norton Show
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