Monday, November 29, 2021

Salma Hayek felt like a mother on the sets of ‘Eternal’

NEW YORK (AP) – Salma Hayek laughs when asked if she’s ever felt like the mom of the group on the set of “Eternal.”

“Yeah, because everyone came to tell me about their problems … and I loved it,” says the Mexican actor, who plays the superhero’s mother tongue 55 in the new Marvel film.

And as a sample, she said she had “thousands” of anecdotes.

“For example, Barry (Keoghan), who plays Drug, has dyslexia like me and comes to my trailer every day: ‘Help me, help me, I’m ashamed that others hear how I read. .’ And there I would sit with him and we would laugh a lot. It was like doing homework with my kid,” Hayek said in Spanish during a recent video interview from London. “He’s a lot younger than me, and he’s just another actor with dyslexia.”

“Eternal,” directed by Academy Award winner Chloe Zhao, opens in theaters Friday.

The film follows a group of immortal beings with supernatural powers who have lived in secret on Earth for thousands of years, and who now gather to fight a fictional race of humans, the evil goddesses. The cast includes Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan and Lauren Ridloff, the first deaf actor to play a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As Ajak, whose superpower is healing, Hayek is the only character who has a direct connection to the celestial beings, an ancient race with a vast ability to manipulate matter and energy, and who has created a universe on Earth. Anant has been sent on a mission.

The actress, who has experience with CGI from Robert Rodriguez’s “Spy Kids” films, said she was surprised at how little technology was used in Zhao’s film. The ‘Nomadic’ director is known for his natural style.

“Normally they don’t use locations (for superhero movies), all the scenes are done with computers afterwards. We filmed the Canary Islands and here in the UK and I loved it, it all felt very organic ,” she said, noting that her only CGI scenes are those in which she talks to a divine.

“You’re looking at a cross on a green wall, while you have thousands of extensions that weigh a lot and this thing that’s on my head weighs too, so I ended up with some neck pain… “

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One of his biggest challenges, in fact, was related to the costumes. In addition to headdresses and extensions, some suits were so tight that gaining just a few pounds could be a problem.

“I was scared because filming took five months. I didn’t go every day, but it was a five-month period where, if you put on weight — and so be I,” she says, of her Making waves by hand. “I said, ‘Oh, I’m not able to gain or lose any weight because of those suits.

“I was absolutely right!” He added with a laugh. “After the pandemic, I had to do a few more shots and the suit didn’t fit anymore! Good thing it was something very small, because it was really painful. But hey, it’s happened to many of us.”

“Eternal” is one of four Hayek films to be released in 2021. The Oscar-nominated actress (for 2002’s “Frida”) starred in “Bliss” and “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” this year, and will next appear in “House of Gucci.” With Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino.

Of the four, “Eternal” is the only one to be directed by a woman.

She said excitedly about Zhao, “I have a lot of admiration for her.” “She’s so strong, she knows exactly what she wants. Some people said, ‘Oh, but she’s made so many small films, she doesn’t know how to handle such a big production.’ Uff, she is super technical, well educated in cinema, she understands both the immense and the personal… and she handles actors very well.”

Zhao made sure to put together an artist who wasn’t overly inclusive. In addition to Hayek as Latina and Ridloff as the first deaf superhero, “Eternal” also stars Black (Brian Tyre as Henry Fastos) and Asian actors (Chan, Nanjiani and Ma Dong-seok, respectively, as Makri, Kingo and Gilgamesh). as) are also included. And Marvel shows the first gay kiss in the movie.

Hayek said that while the inclusion of a diverse cast “sometimes felt a little forced”, this was not the case for “Eternal”.

“As with everything Chloe does, she really does it with her gut, because she naturally believes in it,” she said.

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