What is it like being an Avenger?
It can’t be anything less than amazing right? New comers Aaron Taylor Johnson & Elizabeth Olsen joined the list of amazing actors in Marvel’s newest movie Avengers Age of Ultron. They are very talented actors and were hand picked by Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon. So they didn’t have to go through crazy auditions…….
OLSEN : We, we actually didn’t have an audition process. It was we both met with Joss separately. You met with him before I did I think and we were about to Godzilla when we both met. I don’t remember when I met with him but I met with him at some point. You met with him before. We finished filming Godzilla and then we both that summer got a phone call that was like you guys got the parts and we’re like whoa, okay and that was kind of it. It was really crazy and exciting and Aaron and I were really excited that we got to work with each other again more so because in Godzilla we, if you’d seen it we didn’t really get to work with each other as much, yeah.
JOHNSON : Yeah, I mean ‘cause stepping onto the set seemed kind of, you know, it was such a big ensemble. It felt kind of daunting, you know, to step on with Lizzy who we already had that kind of work relationship which made it feel a lot more comfortable.
Did you spend a lot of time actually running or was it all special effects?
JOHNSON : Yeah. That was pretty much what I did all day long. You know, it was like if in doubt, run. Yeah, all the special effects is sped up. I would, uh, we’d shoot the scene like if Lizzy was in the scene I’d run up to her. We’d shoot that. We did the dialogue and then we’d have to do a plate afterwards where she’d step out and I’d do the run up and then they would speed that up. It’s like a plate shot. But yeah, even though you wouldn’t really know because it goes so quick. But yeah, all the running where there’s a blur it was me behind it.
And for the Scarlet Witch, what was it like acting and creating your characters special affects.
OLSEN : Well, you know what it’s actually really fun because a lot of people have stunt doubles and my stuff is like a dance kind of and so I can’t have like a stunt double come in and do that. so I was like always doing everything whereas, you know, I even had to do like a triple flip back kick situation but I always got to be in control over my, my characters body movements which was cool and, and it was fun because there’s no blueprint to how Scarlet Witch moves ‘cause you just see these like awesome finger, hand gestures and these circular red things.
And so I would basically — I worked with a movement coach and she and I watched Joss’s version of Scarlet Witch and that was really enjoyable to watch ‘cause he would do the motions and we would interpret it into our own thing but it was really fun. I mean I — it was really fun to work with the dancer on something like that and it adds a different element to the fighting, a different visual element to the fighting. And it also felt, you know, a little funny because you’re like I’m not making contact with anything, like literally zero contact. So, you just kind of trust that you’re gonna put a robot where my eyes or something, you know. Yeah. There’s a lot of trust that goes in when you have special effects that I wasn’t used to and then after seeing the movie I was like aha, now I’m comfortable.
She goes on sharing how a love of Marvel and advice from Joss also helped…..
OLSEN : Well, I’m a fan of Marvel already and then Scarlet Witch so basically I don’t know — I didn’t know who she was before hand and the Joss was telling me about her and then we both asked for a lot of research on our characters and they gave us every, every comic book page that both of our characters have ever been on basically and it was this huge stack. And I think she’s one of the coolest characters in the entire universe of Marvel I think largely because of the House of M series because she’s this, she’s the most powerful person in the entire universe, X Men and Avengers combined. I think she’s really nuts too and I like the — I mean I just find her to be really …
Aaron Taylor Johnson also shared how he brought Quicksilver to life
JOHNSON : There’s like a lot to play with.
OLSEN : It’s a lot to play with because it’s a lot of psychological stuff to play with instead of just it being physical.
JOHNSON : I guess, you know, I was really excited about, you know, obviously they have really cool super powers but I was really, uh, really wanted to explore who the character was behind Quick Silver and Pietro was kind of our main goal and Wanda as well to kind of bring it back to the origins and it was based in someplace in Eastern Europe to we wanted to embrace that kind of accent and I really wanted to have this same kind of look from the comic books and yeah just kind of, came of together as well.
I mean Quicksilver, you know, wouldn’t — he needed Scarlet Witch because they’re very much, you know, they balance off each other. They’re twins and they’re very much ying and yang in the way their personalities are. He might be quick, you know, in speed so he’s kind of quick in temperament I think, you know, in a kind of way and hotheaded and impatient and all those things I wanted to kind of play around with and especially balancing against her kind of more thoughtful, slower, more emotional sort of nurturing side with him, so and always drawn really close together connected.
So it kind of, it kind of gave us a sense of like insecurity when they went with each other or kind of vulnerability. All they had was each other. So we kind of played around with everything that we could, you know, visually see, what we could read and that was kind of fun. And Marvel really opened to suggestions and ideas and wanted to, you know, do those characters justice so it felt very collaborative very early on.
You can see their amazing acting skills in Avengers Age of Ultron May 1st.