As I’ve said before, Interviews with Directors are a favorite of mine. That’s where the pure passion lies. The director is the one that holds the “family” together and I guess I relate to that. He’s the one everyone comes to with questions. THIS particular Director maybe even more so. THIS is the Man Behind The Avengers. He’s helped shaped what we’ve come to know and love as fans. If there is an MCU question, chances are he may have invented the answer. So going into this interview I was in awe and Joss didn’t let me down.
Q: So yesterday, we interviewed your brother for Agents of Shield and I was just wondering, do you guys stay up late and have phone calls and have strategizing sessions and be like, oh, this is what we’re going to do next?
WHEDON: Well, I just made a movie and he just had a baby, so not lately. We did. When we were first starting out, but at some point this movie consumed me not unlike a whale.
Q: So, you have that iconic shot of the Avengers jumping in slow motion which, I think all the fan boys and girls have like gone wild over. Can you talk about how that came to be?
WHEDON: That shot was the last shot we got finished,‘cause it’s over a minute long. I wanted to create some frames that were just unabashedly comic book frames, that would speak to our love of the thing. That one took longer to create than anything else. It was important to me to have that right away, like first up in the movie. To say, and now we’ve got to get everybody back together, (Not) let’s go find them, now we find Captain America and he’s digging in a trench. Instead just go boom, we’re back. This is what you love. Are you having fun? Good. Now we’re going to tear it apart.
Q: Was it really hard to make sure everyone got enough screen time?
WHEDON: It’s hard. What’s important is making everybody integral to this story and not just have it sort of be a roll call where it’s like, and I’m also in the film. Making sure that the twins’ story was part of Ultron’s story and obviously, making sure that their perspective on the Avengers had something to do with Ultron’s and so that there was always a reason for everyone to be together.
The good thing (is) they worked so well against each other, so when you’re giving somebody their moment, it’s usually with somebody else. It’s usually playing against somebody else, either arguing with or having fun with or teaming up with. It creates its own little web, so it’s difficult, but it’s not Magnolia where you’re telling all these separate stories that are just vaguely intertwined. They’re doing some of that job for me. BY the way, if it was Magnolia, it would be the best movie ever made, but I can’t reach for the stars, people. I’m just a man.
Q: So we just met with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olson and they said that they didn’t have to audition for their roles. What was it about them that made them perfect for the roles that they got?
WHEDON: You know, I didn’t want anybody else. I just wanted them. Aaron is too pretty to live, but I’ve dealt with the Hemsworth problem, so I can forgive. He’s somebody that I just saw, even in Kick-Ass where he’s playing kind of a weak character,that he just commands the screen. It was, I think Nowhere Boy, where I just said, oh, this is my guy because he’s an old school movie star. He’s that commanding and beautiful. He also, looks like he could be kind of an arrogant dick. He’s not. He’s the sweetest puppy I know, but he’s great at playing that sort of like, oh, I got this. You know, that sort of, and that’s Quicksilver to a tee. Quicksilver is always hotheaded, he’s always being a pain for everyone, but is essential and very cool.
I sat down with Lizzie ‘cause I’d just seen Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene and, I hope I got those in the right order, and you spend two minutes with Lizzie and you not only don’t want anybody else for the role, you think maybe she should play all of them.
Q: What was the hardest scene to shoot? Do you have one that sticks out?
WHEDON: I would say probably after the first attack by Ultron. Everybody’s in the lab kind of trying to figure out what’s going on. We referred to that as the WTF scene. It was just very difficult for me to put together. It’s hard to explain why. There’s something about the way the light in the room., I could not find the focus of where everybody should be and how they should move and Robert had to do something really difficult which was start laughing in the middle of this scene, as sincerely like, become a little unhinged.
Getting there and sort of making that work, that was one that I struggled with. I struggled much with the party scene. We shut down during shooting early one day because I started shooting it and I hated everything I was doing and then I was like what should I do? What’s wrong? And then I realized, wait a minute. Didn’t I just make an entire movie where people sit around and drink? Wasn’t that Much Ado About Nothing? Ohhh, and then I called. I was like give me some cards, I need beers. Anyway, I get all these things and we’ll do it all handheld and we’ll just let them go and as soon as I remembered how to shoot a party, it became a party.
Q: On that note, that party scene is actually my favorite scene in the movie and so I’m curious to that, if it was all scripted or were the actors ad libbing at all?
WHEDON: There’s a little, they’re throwing stuff out. With Robert in a situation like that, I’ll usually give him like, five or six options just to see what tickles his fancy and he’ll sort of run through them. Most of it is scripted, but I like to leave a little room for those guys. First of all, they’re all funny, articulate people who really know their characters and second of all, it helps the flow particularly in something like that. You don’t want to feel camera moves or dialogue. You just want to feel like you stayed at the party.
**NOTE** In this interview Joss did give some MAJOR spoilers and answered a boiling question. To find out just what that question and answer was come back AFTER the movie opens! **
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