Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Gwyneth Paltrow Tells Saudi Arabia Crowd She’s Never Seen “Avengers Endgame,” Says She’d Like to Open Biz in Middle East


There is no end or bottom to Gwyneth Paltrow.

The long ago Oscar winner took the free trip to Saudi Arabia and did a Q&A with the Red Sea Film Festival this week.

According to Variety, she told the crowd that she’s never seen “Avengers Endgame” or “any of that.”

This jibes with an interview she did a few years ago in which she couldn’t remember what had happened to her character in the “Avengers” movies because she’d never seen them.

Since a lot of the audience was described as clutching Marvel memorabilia they hoped would be signed, this must have stung a little. (No one brought shiny plastic eggs to stick up their wazoo.)

One audience member was overheard saying “Too much Goop,” as they left the gathering. This either meant Paltrow only wanted to talk about her nonsensical overpriced business or that the whole thing was “bs.” It could have been either, but was apparently because most of the conversation was to plug the company. Paltrow said: “We’ve just started this very cool food delivery service. I’d love to bring it into the Middle East.”

Paltrow, like many celebs I wrote about recently, had no qualms about attending a film festival in Saudi Arabia despite the country’s lack of civil rights for women, their stand on homosexuality, or the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. (Her Goop customers in Saudi Arabia have limited rights. it’s unclear if they can buy the eggs or other sexually-oriented products.)

Paltrow’s in a league now with Will Smith and Johnny Depp. If they pay for it, you will come.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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