Jessica Chastain has a problem with female superheroes being sexualized

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It was rumored that Marvel had talks with Jessica Chastain for the role of Captain Marvel; however, the actress has said that it wasn’t the case. As it turns out, she may not even be interested in playing the first female-led superhero for Marvel Studios. Now a recent interview with Britain’s Radio Times pretty much tells us how she feels about female superheroes in movies.

First, she talked about which female action star she wanted to be when she was younger.

“Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2 was incredible,” Chastain said. “I remember the opening shot of her in that tank top doing those pull-ups, and I remember being a little girl watching her and thinking, ‘This is amazing. I want to be her.’”

And then she knocks on female superheroes like Elektra and Aeon Flux.

“If you look at films like Elektra and Aeon Flux, the problem that studios have is that they try to make kickass women very sexualized. They have to be in some catsuit,” she explained. “But if you look at the most incredible female roles, like Ripley in Alien, she is a very sexy woman but she’s not wearing a lot of make-up. She’s in a T-shirt and jeans. What’s sexy about her is how capable she is.”

I guess Chastain forgot the part near the end where she was just wearing her underwear and tank. As for Aeon Flux, the movie is based on a cartoon show that featured a sexualized heroine. Elektra in the comics had a sexy ninja suit that’s basically a one-piece bathing suit, so seeing her wearing a “catsuit” in the film is more modest.

Chastain says that Hollywood thinks that people aren’t interested in seeing a powerful woman in an action movie.

“Studios have misjudged it in the past, and thought audiences weren’t interested in seeing a woman in an action role who’s a capable, intelligent woman and isn’t only leaning on her sex,” Chastain said.

As for the types of movie roles she’s interested, she says that her character has to match the male characters.

“If the female character isn’t as interesting as the male character, I’m not interested,” she said.

 

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