Salma Hayek was allowed to do the Eternals script until she officially signed up to play Ajak. The actress further admitted that she knew nothing about the comics before signing up. Marvel Studios is known for their ability to keep secrets and bring on board actors and crew who are good at sealing their lips. Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo used to be pretty bad at keeping everything a secret, but they’ve had a few meetings with Kevin Feige since then to make sure they don’t leak any further secrets.
Salma Hayek, who is new to the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was given a crash course in keeping secrets when she began negotiations to play Ajak in the upcoming Eternals movie. As it turns out, Hayek didn’t have much comic book experience and didn’t even know who the Eternals were before signing up. To make matters worse, Hayek was not allowed to read the script. She explains.
“I didn’t know about it. I’m very lucky. I have a Mexican girlfriend and she’s a woman, who is the biggest Marvel geek imaginable. My problem was that I was bound by secrecy because I was one of the first people they hired, but I had to keep it a secret for a very, very long time. So when I got a call, I said to them, “I’ll admit. Eventually I’ll know everything there is to know, but what are the Eternals? Do they exist in comics? I don’t know who Ajak is. And then they explained everything to me. They explained the script to me. They didn’t give me the script. I had to sign the contract without reading the script. They didn’t show me the script until I signed it. That was very disturbing. “
While signing up on a project without reading the script is a bit of a gamble, Salma Hayek knew she was in good hands. Marvel Studios has a great track record, especially when it comes to expanding their universe beyond the well-known characters like Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Captain America. Moreover, Hayek was already a fan of director Chloe Zhao. The actress had this to say about signing up with the Eternals film without reading a script.
“I was scared. But it doesn’t matter because I’m going to tell you why I didn’t care. I love the director. She’s brilliant. And then I like that. [Ajak] is a bit the leader. She’s the only one who can talk to the Celestials. And I said, ‘I’ll be bossy here too. I can play that. ‘Giving instructions, telling people what to do, I can. “
Salma Hayek was initially afraid of taking on the Eternals, but that did not last long. That said, the actress faced a slew of new challenges when she first appeared on set. “Then I was afraid of the outfit. I’m claustrophobic. I was very afraid that I would feel like I couldn’t move,” she recalls. Again, it was something Hayek was able to adapt to after some time in her suit on set with the cast and crew.
As for what MCU fans can expect when Eternals finally released, Salma Hayek promises it’s unlike anything else the studio has released. “It has a completely different DNA than the [other Marvel movies]. It’s made unlike any other, “said Hayek, before revealing that they shied away from studio recording and spent a lot of time in real places.” They found some crazy alien-looking locations. I don’t know if I can talk about what they do with the camera, but … it doesn’t usually happen in the post. The cinematography is incredible, “the actress teases. The rest of the interview with Salma Hayek can be read over at Variety.
Subjects: The Eternals