Aubrey Plaza Rides for Real Cinema: "Me, Martin Scorsese and Spielberg"

"I'm one of the last people that's kind of waving that theatrical flag"

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Dec 1, 2022

When she's not improvising devastating Ted Lasso burns on The White Lotus, deadpan darling Aubrey Plaza moonlights as a cinema defender of the universe.

In a new interview with Deadline, the actor revealed where she stands on the cinema debate that has plagued us since Martin Scorsese said those hallowed words about Marvel back in 2019. Because game recognizes game, she seemingly enjoyed the director's jab at the MCU and is willing to team up with him and Steven Spielberg as the Avengers of real cinema. 

"I'm one of the last people that's kind of waving that theatrical flag," Plaza told journalist Lynette Rice. "Me, Martin Scorsese and Spielberg, just the three of us."

She forgot about Quentin Tarantino, but most people do. For the record, Spielberg has yet to weigh in on what denotes an actual film; he's just objectively made some. Among Scorsese and Tarantino's actual fellow Marvel detractors are Denis VilleneuveFrancis Ford CoppolaBong Joon-ho (kind of) and Benedict Cumberbatch, plus Leonardo DiCaprio and protégé Timothee Chalamet

Plaza's flag-bearing came up in the context of her most recent indie project Emily the Criminal, and whether she had been worried it would suffer in comparison to the box office bombast of the latest multi-million superhero movie.

"I'm romantic about it," the actor said. "I just believe with all my heart that if you make a movie that's undeniably great, people will hear about it and want to see it."

That being said, Plaza is set to join the MCU by starring in the upcoming WandaVision spinoff series (it's TV! It doesn't count!) Agatha: Coven of Chaos next year. She contains multitudes, okay?

Samuel L. Jackson and Simu Liu are the latest to defend Marvel's honour, while Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Danai GuriraNicolas CageElizabeth OlsenRobert Downey Jr. and James Gunn have also spoken out on behalf of high-octane crime-fighting's right to be on every screen. 

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