Josh Brolin has said he was “Blown Away” by the Avengers: Infinity Wars story, in which he will be portraying Thanos, that giant purple guy smirking at the end of The Avengers. While we have seen glimpses of the villain in post-credits scenes, we haven’t had the chance to see Brolin bring the character to life, yet. With Thanos to have a large role in Avengers: Infinity Wars, it’s time for Brolin to take center stage.
Comicbook Resources caught up with the actor, who is gearing up for the role, which is different than most of the previous work that Brolin has done. His most recent work includes the likes of Hail, Caesar! and Sicario, both of which he is great in by the way, but those projects are much different than what he will do portraying Thanos. Due to the extreme change that he will experience, he didn’t make the decision to jump into the MCU lightly.
I’m very happy. I’m very excited that I’m doing it, and I’m not just saying that. I’m actually — I think it was a very good decision on my part. I know that I’ve shied away from bigger-type movies, a few of them. Even though there was a lot of money involved and all that, nah. I don’t see myself in that. I don’t really want to go in that direction right now.
Whereas when this came along, I said, “Absolutely.” There’s just something I love about what they’re doing, and I’m really, really pleased that I get to play this part. The last thing, I talked to [Mark] Ruffalo. Ruffalo’s been a friend for a long time, and I just said, what do I have to look forward to? And he said, man, the first time I did, the first movie as Hulk, was really embarrassing because I’m out there and I’m like on cinder blocks and shit trying to act out this stuff for other people. And then I saw the movie, and he says, I’m so blown away that I couldn’t actually wait to get back there and to do all that stuff again that I found embarrassing in the beginning. He says, “You’re going to have a blast. You’re just going to have a blast.”
Several actors from the MCU have mentioned that acting in the movies, with so many visual effects, is a new and interesting experience. For Brolin, this isn’t his first time working in such a virtual world, which stretches his imagination. When asked if he was excited to play a role that is so based in effects, he said he was looking forward to the experience.
Yeah, because that’s it anyway: it’s your imagination. When I’m on a set, there’s such a balance between, are you method-ly doing your research and getting into it and all that? And I said, yeah, but there’s so much imagination involved anyway. I think the difference with this, and I’m glad that I’ve had a couple of experiences going in front of 36 cameras and doing mo-cap and all that, it was really unnerving for me in the beginning.
So I’ve had those few experiences, I know what to expect a little bit more. Then, you just come in prepared, and you come in like anything else. You come in as, just the whole idea of coming in as Thanos, period — sitting down and saying, “What do you want me to do?” I’m ready. It’s fun. The thought of it is fun. It makes me nervous, but it’s fun.
With his character being such a stretch of the imagination, there is a chance that there will be nothing to which the actor, or the audience, can relate. For instance, how many of you can relate with someone driven by their love of the personification of Death, searching for a golden glove, or trying to conquer the universe? Even though there may be a big gap between the viewers and Thanos, Brolin is working to find that piece of his character that will make him relatable to all of us.
Yeah: where’s the humanity? There’s parts of him that are unfounded to me, which will be found. That’s all I’ll say.
With a career that started over thirty years ago, Brolin is an accomplished actor that will be able to find something that brings humanity to this big purple villain. Let us know what you think of Brolin’s recent statements in the comments below!
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is scheduled to hit theaters May 4, 2018. Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 is scheduled to hit theaters May 3, 2019.