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Jenna Ortega Always Wanted To Star In This Forgotten Tim Burton Sci-Fi Flop

It's safe to say that Jenna Ortega is the moment. She may have gotten on people's radars from appearing in the Disney Channel original, "Stuck in the Middle," but she's broken out of her child star roots to become a noteworthy scream queen. Horror appears to be her genre of choice at the moment, having shown up recently in "X," "Studio 666," and 2022's "Scream." Of course, that's not even getting into arguably her most iconic part to date, which was the titular role in Netflix's "Wednesday."

She's staying within that camp for the time being, with her next part coming in "Scream VI." As such, she's doing the press rounds and recently appeared on an episode of "Hot Ones." She brought down the spicy wings like a champ, and naturally, there was much discussion around "Wednesday," especially seeing how Tim Burton was involved with the series. And when asked about her favorite Burton production, Ortega had a response many people may not have seen coming. 

Jenna Ortega thinks Mars Attacks! deserves more credit

Tim Burton has become known for a very particular style of Gothic-infused tales of outcasts. But he switched things up on audiences when in 1996, he came out with the bizarre science-fiction comedy "Mars Attacks!" It's earned a bit of a cult following over the years, and one of the people who loves the film is none other than Wednesday Addams herself, Jenna Ortega. 

When speaking about a favorite Burton project, Ortega naturally gave a shoutout to "Beetlejuice," which is one of the director's classic films. However, she also revealed she has a soft spot for "Mars Attacks!" She stated, "When I was younger, I wanted to be one of the aliens from 'Mars Attacks!' so bad. But not the Lisa Marie one, the one with the exposed brain." It makes total sense that someone with Ortega's sensibilities would want to be a gross alien, and she goes on to say how the movie doesn't get the credit it deserves. The host even agrees with her that it's wildly underrated.

"Mars Attacks!" is absolutely worth revisiting when checking out Burton's filmography, if nothing else, for its stellar cast consisting of the likes of Jack Nicholson, Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, and a ton of other actors. Maybe if it ever gets remade, there will be a part available for Ortega.