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    Salma Hayek says playing a superhero in the ’50s is a ‘humbling experience’

    Salma Hayek portrays Ajak as the mother figure of the Eternals. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@TheEternals)

    Salma Hayek portrays Ajak as the mother figure of the Eternals. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@TheEternals)

    Hollywood star Salma Hayek says she is a big dreamer and was surprised to finally do Eternal, which fulfills her desire to play a superhero in a blockbuster film with a legendary director like Chloe Zhao.

    The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film revolves around the Eternals, an alien race that has lived on Earth for more than 7,000 years, who team up to save humanity from their evil counterparts, the goddesses.

    Hayek said she doesn’t look like a traditional superhero that audiences are used to seeing on screen.

    She plays the wise and spiritual leader Ajak at the center of the story, who has the ability to heal and is the “bridge” between the Eternal and their creators known as the Celestials.

    “It’s a really humbling experience because, you know, I dream big. I dream big and I absolutely wouldn’t have gotten here if I didn’t. In my big dreams, I wanted to be a superhero. , and I wanted to work with the best directors in the world and have big blockbuster movies and also movies that are art, made with great directors from a very deep space,” Hayek said Tuesday night from Los Angeles. said in a virtual press conference.

    “And it didn’t happen to me that much. So you fight for it in your 20s, in your 30s and in your 40s, ‘Oh, s*** them, they don’t get it, they miss I would have been great at art movies and I would have been a great superhero (but) they didn’t see it. S*** ’em, we’re going to do something else. ‘Let’s have a baby!’,” the 55-year-old Mexican-American star chuckled.

    Hayek said that he had given up on playing superheroes and then Eternal came to him.

    “… it’s so humbling now when, in your mid-50s, a brilliant director gives you a chance to do both: make something that comes from a deeper place is also a big blockbuster. I’m wrong Everything is possible. And it’s a humbling feeling,” she said.

    The Frida star said she “almost cried” at the recent film premiere when she saw three little girls from a Latino family dressed as her character.

    The gender of Ajak, the character played by Hayek, was changed from a male to a female as Zhao stated that he and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige both wanted a “mother figure” as the leader of Eternal. Were.

    “And when you think about it, you know, in your 50s, (I’m) Mexican. I mean I’m short with big boobs, it’s not a normal superhero… I don’t have botox Yes, I am doing well, but she said, alluding to a gleeful laugh from the rest of the cast.

    The actor said that the team allowed him to do his own stunts in the film.

    When little girls around the world watch his play Ajak on screen, Hayek said they would remember that “anything is possible”.

    Eternal’s ensemble cast also includes Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani and Angelina Jolie.

    The film is scheduled for theatrical release in India on November 5 in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

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