Josh Brolin on ‘Hail, Caesar!’, the Coen Brothers and Playing Thanos in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

     February 4, 2016


Over the past decade Josh Brolin has shown again and again his incredible range. From his great work in such films as No Country for Old Men, W., True Grit, Men in Black 3 (he was the highlight), Sicario, Milk, Oldboy, and many others, Brolin has become one of the reasons I want to see a movie. Which brings me to Joel and Ethan Coen’s great new movie Hail, Caesar!


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In their latest film, which opens this weekend, Brolin stars as Eddie Mannix, an old-time Hollywood fixer who has a reputation for keeping actors’ scandals out of the press. But when Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnapped and held for ransom by a group calling themselves “The Future”, Mannix is tasked with collecting the $100,000 demand and rescuing the star. It’s a classic Coen Brothers set-up and it gives them their first opportunity to delve into the madness of Hollywood since Barton Fink. Hail, Caesar! also stars Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda SwintonFrances McDormandRalph FiennesJonah Hill, and Alden Ehrenreich.

A few days ago at the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with the busy actor. He talked about getting to work with the Coens multiple times, winning the “actor’s lottery”, memorable moments from filming Hail, Caesar!, how he’s planning on directing next year, his thoughts on a Goonies sequel, how excited he is to play Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War – Part I and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2, and so much more. Check out what he had to say below.


Josh Brolin

  • 0:00 – Jokes about becoming a little “feral”.
  • 1:11 – On winning the “actor’s lottery” by getting to work with the Coens multiple times along with other great directors; also touches on his audition for ‘No Country for Old Men’
  • 3:12 – What it’s like auditioning for the Coen Brothers.
  • 4:15 – Memorable moments from filming.
  • 5:47 – If he has any plans to direct, and his approach to starring in movies.
  • 7:16 – Why he’s excited for Thanos to finally stand up.
  • 9:40 – How the people in his personal life relate to the roles they play.
  • 11:30 – Why he wanted to become an actor.
  • 12:40 – If he thinks there will ever be a Goonies sequel.

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