Interview with Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon talks about directing the latest Avengers film
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Avengers: Age of Ultron is the latest release from the Marvel Universe, directed and written by Joss Whedon ("Avengers: Assemble"). It follows the story of what happens when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program and things go awry. It is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plan. James Gilmore had the opportunity to sit down for a few minutes with Director Joss Whedon to speak about this project and some of the actors.
James Gilmore : Hello Joss! Thanks so much for speaking with me today, I know I only have a short amount of time with you. I'm just interested to know: What was it like, being able to unite the amazing entire cast again?
Joss Whedon : It’s fun, it’s just fun. Just being back with all of them. When we made the first one, they didn’t know each other, Captain America hadn’t come out, Thor hadn’t come out. There’s an ease now that they have. They were great on the first one, but now there’s an ease also about what we’re doing. There hadn’t been an Avengers film. They were very sweat and trusting but they had no idea about what I was trying to do. But now they do so we come together really as a family – except that we like each other.
James Gilmore : Paul Bettany has been involved in Marvel for a long time, ever since providing voice over for the first Iron Man. What was it like having him on set?
Joss Whedon : Paul Bettany on set, he comes in and although his make up is not complete, because there’s going to be some 2D effects on the rendering of the face: he is The Vision. That costume, and he’s quite tall and bearing and then there’s this gravitas that is overwhelming and so beautiful. And then he speaks! There is nobody dorkier, funnier, more irreverent or less Vision-like than Paul Bettany and it’s, for some reason, because he’s The Vision when he’s goofing around it’s just unbearably funny. I cannot repeat most of his jokes.
James Gilmore : Now, you talk about Paul and his acting as The Vision - obviously because there's never been a Vision film and he just exists within some of the comic books. Not a lot of people know about his character. Can you tell us a little bit more about your thoughts on his character of The Vision?
Joss Whedon : The Vision is a fascinating character for me because he has a genuine naivety and, at the same time, he has a wisdom and a balance that the rest of us will never achieve. Paul is wonderful at conveying that dichotomy at the same time conveying genuine warmth with real distance. He is someone you would want to be with, you want him on your side and you love him but you also know that he’s seeing something that you’re not and he might be too polite to tell you that it’s something horrible.
James Gilmore : The film is so amazing, can you talk a little bit more about some of the scenes you, perhaps, had to cut?
Joss Whedon : There will be very many scenes on the DVD. I think, ultimately, I might argue one or two little things that I would have liked to be put in the movie but, generally, most of them belong on the DVD but I am still proud of them and people will see why we had them in the first place. It’s not going to be like we release a Directors Cut – no, this is the movie.
James Gilmore : Thank you Joss Whedon.
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