Jennifer Aniston has joined the chorus of Hollywood figures denouncing Marvel movies.
The actor, most famous for her role as Rachel Green in the sitcom Friends, has said she’s returned to the small screen because she is not “that interested in living in a green screen”.
Aniston’s movie career has mostly been dictated by romantic comedies of little acclaim but she believes that Marvel movies are “diminishing” what’s on offer for movie-goers.
“You’re seeing what’s available out there and it’s just diminishing and diminishing in terms of, it’s big Marvel movies,” Aniston told Variety. “Or things that I’m not just asked to do or really that interested in living in a green screen.”
“I think we would so love to have the era of Meg Ryan come back,” she added. “I just think it would be nice to go into a movie theatre, sit cozy. I think we should have a resurgence. Let’s get the Terms of Endearment back out there. You know, Heaven Can Wait, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Goodbye Girl.”
Aniston comments come after Martin Scorsese declared that Marvel movies were “not cinema” during an interview with Empire magazine.
“I don’t see them,” the 76-year-old director. “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,” Scorsese added. “It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”
Aniston was speaking ahead of the premiere of her new Apple series The Morning Show, in which she plays a veteran news anchor whose male colleague, portrayed by Steve Carell, is fired over sexual misconduct allegations.
She’s thrown into the spotlight while contending with the rise of a younger reporter, played by Reese Witherspoon.
The Morning Show will launch on Apple TV+ in the US on 1 November 2019.