Jennifer Aniston is the latest Hollywood star to lament the role of Marvel in filmmaking.
Not long after Martin Scorsese compared the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to a ‘theme park’, Friends star Aniston has suggested the studio has ruined cinema.
It might be a billion-dollar studio, but sheesh Marvel is really getting some stick right now.
Speaking about the changing landscape of film, Jen spoke about how she hoped for a Meg Ryan-era comeback, mourning the loss of cinema’s yesteryear and not vibing a career in front of a green screen.
Seeing as you’re still killing it in Hollywood, Jennifer, we’re sure you can avoid a green morph suit for the time being.
‘You’re seeing what’s available out there and it’s just diminishing and diminishing in terms of, it’s big Marvel movies,’ the actress told Variety this week.
‘Or things that I’m not just asked to do or really that interested in living in a green screen.’
As she added the business of moviemaking had ‘changed so much’, she said: ‘I think we would so love to have the era of Meg Ryan come back.’
Aniston added: ‘I just think it would be nice to go into a movie theatre, sit cosy. I think we should have a resurgence. Let’s get the Terms of Endearment back out there. You know, Heaven Can Wait, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Goodbye Girl.’
We mean, what was there to not get cosy about when it came to Avengers: Endgame? That thing was three hours long – if you couldn’t melt into your cinema seat during that then we’re not sure what will get you munching the popcorn at an Imax.
It comes after Gangs Of New York director Scorsese had some interesting words to say about the MCU franchise.
The Taxi Driver director told Empire: ‘I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema.
‘Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.’
This week Robert Downey Jr said that Scorsese’s comments ‘made no sense’, before getting in a dig about Marvel’s ‘phenomenal’ success.
The Iron Man star brought up the director while chatting to Howard Stern, saying: ‘I didn’t expect [the MCU] to become what it became and it is this very large multi-headed hydra at this point. I’ve always had other interests. And according to Scorsese, it’s “not cinema”. I gotta take a look at that.’
Stern asked RDJ why Scorsese, 74, said such a thing, with the 54-year-old diplomatically replying: ‘Because it’s his opinion.’
When asked ‘But it is cinema isn’t it?’, Downey Jr said: ‘Well, it plays in theatres. I appreciate his opinion because I think it’s like anything, we need all the different perspectives so we can come to centre and move on.’
Stern continued: ‘But were you insulted when he said it’s not cinema?’
The Tony Stark actor said: ‘Well, look, it’d be like saying “Howard Stern isn’t radio”, it makes no sense to say it’ – but brushed off suggestions Scorsese is jealous of Marvel’s success at the global box office.
He said: ‘Of course not. But I mean, he’s Martin Scorsese. In his view — and by the way, there’s a lot to be said for how these genre movies, and I was happy to be part of the problem if there is one, denigrated the art form of cinema.
‘When you come in like a stomping beast and you eliminate the competition in such a demonstrative way, it’s phenomenal.’
RDJ’s comments on Scorsese’s claims come after Samuel L Jackson – aka Nick Fury – gave his two cents on the matter.
He told Variety: ‘That’s kind of like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. You know, everybody doesn’t like his stuff either. I mean, we happen to, but everybody doesn’t.
‘There are a lot of Italian-Americans that don’t think he should be making films about them like that. Everybody’s got an opinion, so it’s okay. It’s not going to stop anyone from making movies.’
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