Trying to get any cast member on Avengers: Age of Ultron to talk about the movie is like getting blood from a stone. They discuss the film so carefully you almost feel like they’re being followed around by a sniper with a tranquilizer gun just in case something slips. But when you get an interview with not one but two Avengers at the same time, you have to at least try.
At the press day for Godzilla, Steve spoke with Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. In Godzilla, they play husband and wife, but in Avengers 2, they play siblings Scarlet Witch (Olsen) and Quicksilver (Taylor-Johnson). The two spoke about the upcoming superhero film as delicately as they could, and touched on joining the cast, feeling like the new kids on the block, working on the Eastern European accents, working with Joss Whedon, their thoughts on the set photos, and more. Hit the jump for what they had to say. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
For those who don’t know, when an actor signs on to a Marvel film, they sign a multi-picture deal (unless it’s someone legendary like Robert Redford). While the multi-picture deal is the norm, Marvel’s long-arching plans means cast members sign far beyond the traditional “three-picture” deal since Marvel doesn’t do regular trilogies. If you want Samuel L. Jackson to show up in a Marvel film, it doesn’t matter how brief his role it; it still counts as one (unless the actor decides to forego that option like Chris Evans did for his appearance in Thor: The Dark World).
Signing on for a long-term contract can be daunting, but Olsen and Taylor-Johnson said that wasn’t as important as trying to work on their characters:
AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON: That was never really part of it. I didn’t have any issues, but there were more important things to me about it in terms of our characters and what we can bring to it.
ELIZABETH OLSEN: And our characters are still continuing to change and grow. It actually just keeps getting cooler.
TAYLOR-JOHNSON: Yeah, they totally delivered.
OLSEN: They care a lot.
TAYLOR-JOHNSON: They care. They’re protective. It’s their own characters. They’ve got so much knowledge you work from, and there’s a backstory with these two characters. Where they grew up and how they grew up and how they’re affected by that, so we’re trying to bring as much into it, as much as we can.
Since the characters are Eastern European in the comics, it’s assumed that the actors will be putting on Eastern European accents. Although Steve almost got a hint of what that might sound like from these actors, Olsen pumped the brakes. I highly encourage you to check out the video at the bottom because watching it is far more entertaining than the transcript:
TAYLOR-JOHNSON: Well, it’s funny because—
OLSEN: [laughs] Are you really going to answer that? SHHHHH! [laughs]
TAYLOR-JOHNSON: It’s subject to change.
OLSEN: Always do reshoots.
Moving on, the stars of the Marvel films have always been complimentary about director Joss Whedon, and Olsen and Taylor-Johnson are no different. However, they also talked about a key difference that some fans may have overlooked. In the first Avengers, all of the main characters had been in a previous Marvel movie. Even Hawkeye appears in Thor rather than in the credits. Aside from the Captain America: The Winter Soldier stinger, this is really Olsen and Taylor-Johnson’s first Marvel movie, and they talked about that experience as well:
OLSEN: I find him to be very specific, and he knows exactly what he needs, and when he gets it, you move on. And he’s fun. He’s an excited kid. You feel like you’re in good hands also. Everyone at Marvel is fun to hang out with. They’re all great. I’m having a blast. I’m having so much fun right now. I can’t wait to go back.
TAYLOR-JOHNSON: I think Joss has got such a mad ball of energy. I haven’t even seen the half of it.
OLSEN: I do feel like the new kid on the block, though.
TAYLOR-JOHNSON: I do feel like that too. We move so quick and just try to get used to the character. We’ve done it four times now.
OLSEN: We’re definitely the new kids on the block, which is definitely a fun feeling. And it’s intimidating but awesome.
Finally, set photos have leaked, and they always do on major blockbusters whenever they’re filming on location. Olsen and Taylor-Johnson explained what that process is like from the production’s perspective:
OLSEN: We’re aware because there’s a publicist on set literally always checking blogs.
TAYLOR-JOHNSON: Well that and also the security, but it’s kind of great because they’re conscious of it.
OLSEN: They know everything. The security knows everything. They’ll know where the photographers are and then they’ll discover some other exit of the building, and then they’ll never get a shot. But when we were filming in Italy, we were filming in town squares so because of the apartments, you can’t kick people out of their apartments.
Here’s the video of the interview. Look for more with Olsen and Taylor-Johnson next week.