Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino are a match made in heaven. They have collaborated on movies since 1994, when Jackson appeared on screen with a full head of hair, recited Ezekiel 25:17, and contemplated on the miracles of God in Pulp Fiction. Jackson has always defended Tarantino when he was put to the gallows by a section of mainstream media for his apparent overuse of the n-word in his movies.

However, this time around, the two-time Academy Award-winning writer-director has scorned his friend, who has been a regular of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2008, by saying on a podcast that he believes Marvel actors are not stars, and it is the characters that end up becoming stars.

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Tarantino said regarding the situation, “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…but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters that become a star.”

Jackson, when asked to comment on Tarantino’s opinion on the Entertainment Weekly show, The View, refuted the claims made by Tarantino.

Jackson said, “It takes an actor to be those particular characters, and the sign of movie stardom has always been, what, a**es in seats? What are we talking about?”

He went on to add, “That’s not a big controversy for me to know that apparently these actors are movie stars. Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther. You can’t refute that, and he’s a movie star.”

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Tarantino spoke extensively on the “Marvelization of Hollywood” on the podcast 2 Bears 1 Cave, stating that although he doesn’t like those films because he’s now too old for them, his only “bone of contention” with the same is that these are the only kind of movies that seem to generate some excitement in the market.

Jackson and Tarantino have worked together in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight.

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