Eternals made Kumail Nanjiani a household name and doubled his fame overnight. The Silicon Valley actor recently was seen in Disney’s new shiny show called Welcome to Chippendales. He plays the central character Steve Banerjee, a murderous mastermind.
The show revolves around the struggles of an immigrant, how he takes over a disused nightclub, and explores the idea of a strip club. It is polished yet has an undertone of violence, murder, mystery, and the fragile American dream.
In an interview with the Esquire, Nanjiani was asked about his roles and especially the one in Eternals. The actor talked about his preparation for Steve Banerjee, and how he always chooses vastly different roles even though the industry is running to cast him as ‘A-Type’.
Kumail Nanjiani gives the best reply to Martin Scorsese’s comment
The Big Sick actor, was calm and mature when asked how would he react to comments that Sorceress and Tarantino made, now that he is a part of the Superhero wave. His answer was respectful of Scorsese and Tarantino’s legacy and body of work.
“I obviously love the movies Tarantino makes or Scorsese makes, and I may disagree with Scorsese’s opinion on superhero movies, but I mean, who else has earned the right to have an opinion? If Scorsese hasn’t earned the right to have an opinion on movies, then none should have an opinion on movies.”
The actor showed maturity and sincerity, he is unable to believe how these comments would anger the Marvel folks, for he believes that both worlds can co-exist. The 44-year-old added with a rather perplexed state of mind “It’s so strange that people get upset about it.”
Martin Scorsese ruffled the feathers back in 2019
Scorsese has already presented his resentment towards Marvel and superhero movies in the past. Scorsese does not believe that these movies are true cinema, he feels that franchises are becoming the star leaving behind the mid-budget, small, indie films which have a story to tell. He also expressed his concerns about having multiple sequels which are essentially the remake. Here what is he said back in 2019:
“I don’t see them. 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.”
Many fans dismissed these allegations and some said that both stories have a right to exist. Even superhero movies can be about human emotions, struggles, and their journey as humans begin.
Quentin Tarantino is not happy with the Marvel-ization
The Kill Bill director, Quentin Tarantino shares similar opinions as his contemporaries. In a podcast, the revered director lamented the craze of Marvel movies, making him the latest star to disprove the Superhero trend. Here is what he had to say:
“Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is… you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters, 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, you know, but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters that become a star.”
These comments divided the internet once again, What connects the audience to the superhero is their human, vulnerable side, for example, a young boy who can shoot cobwebs out of his wrist also goes to school, has a best friend, and a girl he is trying to woe, he also lives with the guilt of killing his uncle and the void his dead parents created, that is who Spider-Man is and will always be, same is true for Thor and Tony Stark.
However Tarantino might be on to something, he is not completely wrong as franchises like Marvel and DC have become undefeatable, and no small indie filmmaker stands a chance against them. They then have to turn to streaming platforms, also the franchises start pumping movies one after another forsaking quality, like Phase 4 of Marvel.
Welcome to Chippendales is streaming on Disney+, and you can watch Eternals on Disney+.