Weighs in. In the midst of news that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman have rejected cinema releases by Marvels Eternal over censorship complaints, star Angelina Jolie opened up his thoughts on the “ignorant” decision.
“I’m sorry [those audiences],” that Salt actress, 46, told news.com.au during a news conference, which was announced on Friday, November 5th. “And I’m proud of Marvel for refusing to cut these scenes out.”
The Middle Eastern countries previously refused to show the MCU film after insisting that the studio cut the film’s scenes of a same-sex relationship and a kiss on the screen, according to Hollywood Reporter. The countries asked Marvel to cut such romantic scenes before its global release on November 11th. When the studio refused to censor Chloe Zhao-instructed image, cinema websites in the countries – where homosexuality is illegal – apparently deleted Eternal as an upcoming film.
“I still do not understand how we live in a world today where there still is [people who] would not see the family Phastos has and the beauty of that relationship and that love, ”continued Jolie, who plays Thena in the film, at the time. “How someone is angry about it, threatened by it, does not approve or value it is ignorant.”
Eternal – which was released in US theaters on Friday, November 5 – made history as the first Marvel movie to feature a same-sex couple. In the movie, the superhero Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) even shares a sizzling kiss with her husband, Ben (Haaz Sleiman).
Sleiman, 45, has previously overturned Marvel Studios’ LGBTQIA + recording and told Variety in October, “[It’s] beyond a dream come true, it is life-saving. I wish I had when I was a kid to see this. My God. I want! Can you imagine how many lives this is going to save – children, young queer people who are being bullied, commit suicide and do not see themselves being represented? And now they are going to see this – it’s beyond that. “
The Oscar-winning director, 39, similarly found that the film’s representation was crucial to her vision for the project.
“What’s important is to show that it’s not about a message we’re trying to send,” Nomadeland told filmmakers Variety back then. “I think it is crucial for me to find authenticity in such moments so that it does not feel forced so that one could actually relate to them. It is the most important. It’s not just about being the first. It’s about whether you actually feel for them, whether you are gay or straight or whatever. ”