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Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana has lashed out at her Hollywood peers for looking down on superhero films. 
The actress, who plays Gamora in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, says she is disappointed with the negative attitude industry insiders have towards superhero films. “I’ve been in rooms with people in this industry who are great at what they do, but they’re absolutely elitist and they look down at movies like the Marvel films or actors like myself. They think we’re selling out in some way,” Saldana told Net-A-Porter.
“Every time they speak I feel so disappointed, because whenever you see pictures of people in this industry who donate their time to children in need, it’s these actors that live in the world that you feel is selling out.”

The 39-year-old believes the responsibility of playing a superhero is often overlooked. “That actor takes time out of their life and sits down with that five-year-old and says, ‘I see you, I hear you, and you matter’. Those elitists should be a little more cognisant about what playing a superhero means to a young child. Because you’re not just dissing me, you’re dissing what that child considers important,” she said. 

Zoe said she was proud of her decision to join superhero films. “I feel so proud to be living in space, to be playing green and blue aliens, to inspire, primarily, the younger generations. I remember what it was like to be young and to feel completely excluded out of the mainstream conversation of life because I was just little and unimportant and ‘other’,” she said. 


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