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Samuel L Jackson Responds To Quentin Tarantino's Shady Comment That Marvel Actors Aren’t Movie Stars

Samuel L Jackson, who has starred in just about every Quentin Tarantino film he's directed is clapping back at the filmmaker regarding his shady comments about actors who star in superhero films.

Jackson responded to the director’s recent criticism of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s impact on Hollywood and Tarantino’s claim that Marvel actors aren’t real movie stars. “It takes an actor to be those particular characters,” Jackson said on “The View” on Tuesday.

Tarantino and his hard takes aren’t unfamiliar to the entertainment industry, but his latest comments about the MCU haven’t necessarily been taken lightly, with actors like Simu Liu (“Shang-Chi”) speaking out against him. In a recent appearance on “The View,” Samuel L. Jackson, who has starred in several Tarantino films, including “Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained” and “Hateful Eight,” opposed Tarantino’s comments.

“Okay well it takes an actor to be those particular characters,” Jackson said, after “The View” co-host asked Jackson what his thoughts were on Tarantino’s opinion of the MCU. “And the sign of movie stardom has always been, what, asses in seats? What are we talking about? So, it’s not a big controversy for me to know that, well, apparently, these actors are movie stars. You know, Chadwick Boseman IS Black Panther. You can’t refute that. And he’s a movie star.”

The uproar surrounding Tarantino comes after the award-winning director claimed MCU actors don’t fit the mold of what a movie star is.

“Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is…you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” Tarantino said on the podcast “2 Bears, 1 Cave”. “But they’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first person to say that. I think that’s been said a zillion times…but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters that become a star.”

I'm really getting sick and tired of seasoned auteur's talking crap about superhero films. I know it's hard for directors like Steven Speilberg, Martin Scorcese, James Cameron, Tarantino and other to accept, but these superhero films you continue to poop on are what's keeping the theaters alive.

Now do I wish that smaller films were bringing in the same kind of box office numbers as Black Panther or an Avengers movie? Sure, but with so many ways that audiences receive films, things are evolving in cinema.

It just comes across like jealousy, because if you are secure in the work that you do, you don't need to insult the intelligence of your audience.

So either take a big seismic cinematic dump, or get off the pot, because this trend of directors belittling a bunch of actors who star in superhero films is tired, tacky and unprofessional.

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