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    Why Did Zoe Saldaña Not Return As Anamaria In ‘The Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Franchise?

    Currently, Zoe Saldaña is ramping up the promotional activities with other actors for ‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’. James Cameron-led ‘Avatar’ defined a decade transforming the filmmaking with the amalgamation of technology and storytelling. The film was a breakthrough for Zoe, who later became the second highest grossing actress in Hollywood next to Scarlett Johansson.

    The first highest grossing film in her career was ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl’. The film is the third highest grossing films in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series. Recently, during the promotional tours of the ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’, she said that she did not have a ‘good experience’ during filming the movie. It was her first major Hollywood project. It is one of the reasons she did not come back to the franchise. But, in a previous interview, she told why she did not return to the franchise.

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    Zoe Saldaña Felt Quitting The Business During ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’

    Zoe Saldaña as Anamaria
    Zoe Saldaña as Anamaria

    After her debut as a ballet dancer in 2000 in the film ‘Center Stage’, Zoe Saldaña bagged her career’s biggest project. She was starring alongside Johnny Depp in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl’. She played a smuggler named Anamaria in the film. But, that was the last time she appeared in the popular franchise considering she became the ‘Queen of franchise’ after starring in multiple ones. In 2014, during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she cited the reason why she did not reprise her role of Anamaria.

    She said, “Those weren’t the right people for me. I’m not talking about the cast. The cast was great. I’m talking about the political stuff that went on behind closed doors. It was a lot of above-the-line versus below-the-line, extras versus actors, producers versus PAs”.

    The actress continued, “It was very elitist. I almost quit the business. I was 23 years old, and I was like, “F***k this!” I am never putting myself in this situation again. People disrespecting me because they look at my number on a call sheet and they think I’m not important. F**k you”.

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    The Actress Did Not Walk Out With A Pleasant Experience On The Film

    Zoe Saldaña as Anamaria in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl'
    Zoe Saldaña as Anamaria in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl’

    Zoe Saldaña is a part of some of the major franchises in the world. She acted in Marvel franchises like ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy’, and ‘Avengers’ as Gamora. After the thunderous success of the 2009 film ‘Avatar’, she has been a bankable actress. Now, she will be returning to the Na’vi world as Neytiri. The actress has expressed she had ‘franchise fatigue’ after 10 years, but it is not worse than working on the sets of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.

    In an interview with the Entertainment Weekly, Zoe confessed that she had a bad experience working on the film. The actress said, “It was my first exposure to a major Hollywood mega movie, where there were just so many actors and so many producers and so many crew members”.

    Zoe narrated, “We were shooting in different locations, and the environments were not that agreeable, sometimes, to our shoot days. I was very young, and it was just a little too big for me, and the pace of it was a little too fast. I walked away not really having a good experience from it overall, and felt like I was lost in the trenches of it a great deal, and I just didn’t feel like that was okay”.

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    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise is a Sub-Editor at FirstCuriosity. He has more than 2 years of experience in Entertainment content writing with the organization. Besides being a journalist and humanist, he loves cinema and intersectionality, basically everything that screams love, hope, and of course, Lady Gaga. Nishant loves and breathes popular culture, music, especially hip-hop and pop, and the royal family drama. Along with that, he takes great interest in the happenings in the technology world and politics. He is an LGBTQIA+ ally. Approach him with an apple juice to discuss Modern Family, Pose, and Schitt’s Creek.

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