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Samuel L. Jackson claps back at Quentin Tarantino for saying Marvel actors are ‘not movie stars’

Samuel L. Jackson clapped back at his pal Quentin Tarantino who made waves earlier this month when he said actors in Marvel films are ‘not movie stars.’

The 73-year-old actor appeared on The View on Tuesday morning as he addressed the controversial cinema-based comments made by the 59-year-old filmmaker.

Samuel is in a unique position to discuss the subject as he has starred in several Marvel Cinematic Universe films in addition to working with Quentin on iconic films Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), and Django Unchained (2012).

Taking a stand: Samuel L. Jackson clapped back at his pal Quentin Tarantino who made waves earlier this month when he said actors in Marvel films are 'not movie stars,' they are seen in December 2015

Taking a stand: Samuel L. Jackson clapped back at his pal Quentin Tarantino who made waves earlier this month when he said actors in Marvel films are ‘not movie stars,’ they are seen in December 2015

Making the rounds: The 73-year-old actor appeared on The View on Tuesday morning as he addressed the controversial cinema-based comments made by the 59-year-old filmmaker

Making the rounds: The 73-year-old actor appeared on The View on Tuesday morning as he addressed the controversial cinema-based comments made by the 59-year-old filmmaker

The highest-grossing actor of all-time did not pull any punches as he said: ‘That’s not a big controversy for me to know that apparently these actors are movie stars.’

He also brought up the late Chadwick Boseman who had been nominated for an Oscar and starred in one of the biggest Marvel films of all-time before his untimely death at the age of 43 in August 2020.

Samuel continued: ‘That’s not a big controversy for me to know that apparently these actors are movie stars. Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther. You can’t refute that, and he’s a movie star.’

Man with the plan: Samuel is in a unique position to discuss the subject as he has starred in several Marvel Cinematic Universe films, he is pictured in 2012's the Avengers

Man with the plan: Samuel is in a unique position to discuss the subject as he has starred in several Marvel Cinematic Universe films, he is pictured in 2012’s the Avengers

'English motherf***er do you speak it?' He also worked with Quentin on iconic films Pulp Fiction (1994; pictured with John Travolta), Jackie Brown (1997), and Django Unchained (2012)

‘English motherf***er do you speak it?’ He also worked with Quentin on iconic films Pulp Fiction (1994; pictured with John Travolta), Jackie Brown (1997), and Django Unchained (2012)

Weeks ago Quentin upset many as he said actors in Marvel films are ‘not movie stars’ and begrudged the fact they are the only films that seem to generate significant interest nowadays.

Tarantino appeared on the 2 Bears 1 Cave podcast, hosted by Tom Segura, where he provided an explanation why there are no movie stars in Hollywood any more. 

‘Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is you have all these actors that have become famous playing these characters but they’re not movie stars,’ said Tarantino.

He also brought up the late Chadwick Boseman who had been nominated for an Oscar and starred in one of the biggest Marvel films of all-time before his untimely death at the age of 43 in August 2020.

He also brought up the late Chadwick Boseman who had been nominated for an Oscar and starred in one of the biggest Marvel films of all-time before his untimely death at the age of 43 in August 2020.

Samuel was joined by wife LaTanya Jackson as he said: 'That’s not a big controversy for me to know that apparently these actors are movie stars. Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther. You can’t refute that, and he’s a movie star'

Samuel was joined by wife LaTanya Jackson as he said: ‘That’s not a big controversy for me to know that apparently these actors are movie stars. Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther. You can’t refute that, and he’s a movie star’

‘Captain America is the star. Thor is the star. It’s these franchise characters that become the star,’ he added.

The Marvel cinematic universe of around 30 movies has raked in more than $25billion across the globe and made its actors some of the most famous people on the planet.

But Tarantino evidently considers them a poor substitute for the matinee idols of old. 

Weeks ago Quentin upset many as he said actors in Marvel films are 'not movie stars' and begrudged the fact they are the only films that seem to generate significant interest nowadays

Weeks ago Quentin upset many as he said actors in Marvel films are ‘not movie stars’ and begrudged the fact they are the only films that seem to generate significant interest nowadays 

Tarantino suggested that stars that appear in Marvel films are overshadowed by the characters they play, like Captain America and Thor

Tarantino suggested that stars that appear in Marvel films are overshadowed by the characters they play, like Captain America and Thor

‘I don’t love them. I don’t hate them but I don’t love them,’ Tarantino said of Marvel films, admitting that he is not opposed to their existence altogether.

‘My only ax to grind against them is they’re the only things that seem to be made and they’re the only things that seem to generate any kind of excitement amongst a fan base or even for the studio making them,’ Tarantino said.

‘That’s what [the studios] are excited about. So it’s just the fact that they are the entire representation of this era of movies right now and there isn’t really room for anything else.’

Tarantino expressed frustration that Marvel films dominate in Holly wood - capturing the interests of fan bases and movie studios

Tarantino expressed frustration that Marvel films dominate in Holly wood – capturing the interests of fan bases and movie studios

Tarantino explained during the podcast that although he resents superhero films for capturing all the attention, he was once a fan of the Marvel universe. 

‘I used to collect marvel comics like crazy when I was a kid,’ he said.

He even acknowledged if he were he younger he would be more enthusiastic about them.

‘There’s an aspect – if these movies were coming out when I was in my 20s I would totally be f**king happy, totally love them,’ he said, but added that ‘they wouldn’t be the only movies being made, they would be those movies amongst other movies.’

‘I’m almost 60, so no, I’m not quite as excited about them.’


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