Avengers: Infinity War is on its way, and Josh Brolin opened up about his experience playing Thanos, according to Super Hero Hype. He mentioned there was indeed some motion capture involved. He emphasized he has a physical presence when portraying the character and not just voice-over work. He mentioned a plethora of cameras that had been utilized. He could only guess at the amount of equipment.
“It’s not voice work, it’s mo-cap. I’m there. I’m there and I’m not in a booth. I’m being filmed. I have a bunch of c**p on my face. [laughs] I’m being filmed by like thirty-four cameras? Thirty-six cameras? Something like that.”
— FilmBook (@FilmBookdotCom) February 2, 2016
Brolin plays the Mad Titan and in Avenger: Infinity War, and there’s no telling what may involve the Marvel Comics team as this prospective encounter inches up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Brolin talks about his mo-cap experience and how excited he is about being involved in this experience.
“So, it’s very new to me, it’s very exciting, it’s very unnerving. But I sure trust these guys! You know? We’re supposed to get together very soon to talk about the trajectory of Thanos in the next few years and it’s very exciting. It’s one of the better decisions I think I’ve made.”
As the Avengers: Infinity War arch enemy, Josh had expressed his nervousness regarding being Thanos. Last year, in a report by Cinema Blend, there was a claim that the character is so intimidating that this feeling even extended to him. There was a discussion how he had found himself in front of 32 cameras “sprayed with iridescent paint.” One can only imagine the prep work involved in bringing the Mad Titan to life, and it seems that Josh Brolin is quite elated and impressed as well as nervous.
“I love the idea of Thanos. Ultimately, it’s Thanos against everyone. Why wouldn’t you do that? It’s a strange thing. I was more nervous doing that than I’ve been for a long time. I was more nervous doing that than anything I’ve done in a long time.”
Of course, the Avengers: Infinity War hype and the nervousness that comes with it doesn’t just extend to Brolin himself. He spoke of an experience he had in a comic shop in Albuquerque. When he was spotted by a fan, Josh thought he “basically had a minor stroke,” according to Collider.
Brolin mentioned that this person’s star-struck response was nothing like a typical response to an actor. This likely made the Mad Titan actor realize the kind of impact this character will have on people and the influence behind the genocidal maniac.
Fans grew up on this villainous character and have immersed themselves in this lore probably since childhood, so the fan’s reaction is understandable.
Being that Brolin was chosen for the talent expected of Marvel Studios, it’s likely he’ll pull off the role of the Mad Titan in Avengers: Infinity War. He also mentions the smart choices the studio execs, such as Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito, had in choosing Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, which seems to imply their decision to have chosen Josh Brolin is a good move.
Right now, there’s a debate going on regarding the Guardians of the Galaxy joining up with the Avengers in Infinity War, according to a YouTube video by HitFix, which mentioned how there’s a “little overlap with some Avengers stuff.” The clip also talked about how can the Guardians not appear in this massive encounter with Thanos in the Infinity War two-part movie series. After all, Drax has a bone to pick with him, does he not?
— Thomas Perry (@tommyjoker73) January 26, 2016
James Gunn previously said the Guardians are separate from the Avengers, and expressed to Cinema Blend how the World’s Mightiest Heroes are only meant for their “province” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, this was last year. Earlier this year, the Russo bothers were asked about a possible team up between the Guardians and the Avengers, but according to Screen Crush, that’s something they want to keep as a surprise.
The Avengers: Infinity War movies are slated for May 4, 2018, and May 3, 2019.
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