Thanos may very well be the most led up to villain in film history. 2012's THE AVENGERS was awesome enough, but when the mid-credits scene ended to reveal that the chin-chiseled big bad would actually be an upcoming villain in the MCU, I could hear a collective gasp from those knowing geeks in the audience.
Back when they shot that scene in AVENGERS, Thanos was just a detailed puppet, and the character wasn't even cast yet. But when GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY was set to feature him in a few scenes, they had to turn to someone, and that someone ended up being respected actor Josh Brolin.
While promoting his new film HAIL, CAESAR!, which he made with the Coen Brothers, the outlet Superhero Hype sat down with him and talked about his work at Thanos. Brolin had the following to say about his role:
“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 crap on my face. [laughs] I’m being filmed by like thirty-four cameras? Thirty-six cameras? Something like that. Every movement, everything. 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.”
Like many actors turning to big budget films, Brolin really seems to be embracing the unique experience and technical challenge of an all digital character. It's the last bit that has be most excited, though. It's a no-brainer that an actor wouldn't bad-talk his or her movie before its release. That's just good business practice But by calling his decision to be Thanos "one of the better decisions" he's made seems to be going out of the way to praise it.
With that in mind, I can't help but be thrilled with the ideas Marvel and company have in mind for this character, and how his role will be integrated into the whole MCU. The fact that you have someone as talented as Josh Brolin in your film to begin with is one thing, but to have him sing such praises of the overall experience is another. From the sounds of it, Brolin will be bringing his A-game, and I can't wait to see what Thanos' future brings.
HAIL, CAESAR! hits theaters on February 5, 2016.
SOURCE: Supehero Hype