While in L.A. for the Avengers Event our group of bloggers had the chance to chat with Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch).
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, are Marvel characters; Brother and sister twins Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.
Having already seen the movie, it was nice to see that these two actors have the same great chemistry in-person as they do on screen. They both seemed generally excited to talk about their characters, and experience of filming Age of Ultron. Below are a few highlights of our interview.
You did a lot of running and obviously some of it’s special effects but did you have to really do a lot of running? Yeah. That was pretty much what I did all day long. You know, it was like if in doubt, run. Yeah, all the special effects is sped up. I would, uh, we’d shoot the scene like if Lizzy was in the scene I’d run up to her. We’d shoot that. We did the dialogue and then we’d have to do a plate afterwards where she’d step out and I’d do the run up and then they would speed that up. It’s like a plate shot. But yeah, even though you wouldn’t really know because it goes so quick. But yeah, all the running where there’s a blur it was me behind it.
What attracted you most to the roles?
OLSEN: Well, I’m a fan of Marvel already and then Scarlet Witch so basically I don’t know — I didn’t know who she was before hand and the Joss was telling me about her and then we both asked for a lot of research on our characters and they gave us every, every comic book page that both of our characters have ever been on basically and it was this huge stack. And I think she’s one of the coolest characters in the entire universe of Marvel I think largely because of the House of M series because she’s this, she’s the most powerful person in the entire universe, X Men and Avengers combined. I think she’s really nuts too and I like that…
JOHNSON: There’s like a lot to play with.
OLSEN: It’s a lot to play with because it’s a lot of psychological stuff to play with instead of just it being physical.
What was the most emotionally challenging scene for you guys to shoot?
OLSEN: The one that was the hardest one for me was when Scarlet Witch, when she can see what’s gonna happen if the world is, if the world — if Ultron has control over the vision because a lot of times my character just had to respond to something that is not existent most of the time ‘cause it just like popped into her head and like no one else felt it but I did. So and the I have to have like some humongous reaction that is coming from nothing and so that always just kind of feels stupid until you really just go for it. So that’s just, that was — there are a couple of moments where I had to be like oh, I just got this new information and that’s kind of — that kind of feels funny.
In the movie we see Scarlet Witch put on the red jacket. Will she have more elaborate costume? If you don’t know yet, do you have something in mind that you’d like to see yourself wearing?
OLSEN: We create a more elaborate costume for the very last moment of the film. Whether or not that’s gonna be continued, I don’t know.
JOHNSON: It’s an implication and of a potential where to go with it. I think they create that.
OLSEN: It’ll definitely not be a leotard. That’s for sure.
Since basically all of your powers are special effects how was it for you to act out those parts where you’re just kind of staring?
OLSEN: Well, you know what it’s actually really fun because a lot of people have stunt doubles and my stuff is like a dance kind of and so I can’t have like a stunt double come in and do that. so I was like always doing everything whereas, you know, I even had to do like a triple flip back kick situation but I always got to be in control over my, my characters body movements which was cool and, and it was fun because there’s no blueprint to how Scarlet Witch moves ‘cause you just see these like awesome finger, hand gestures and these circular red things. And so I would basically — I worked with a movement coach and she and I watched Joss’s version of Scarlet Witch and that was really enjoyable to watch ‘cause he would do the motions and we would interpret it into our own thing but it was really fun. I mean I — it was really fun to work with the dancer on something like that and it adds a different element to the fighting, a different visual element to the fighting. And it also felt, you know, a little funny because you’re like I’m not making contact with anything, like literally zero contact. So, you just kind of trust that you’re gonna put a robot where my eyes or something, you know. Yeah. There’s a lot of trust that goes in when you have special effects that I wasn’t used to and then after seeing the movie I was like aha, now I’m comfortable.
What was it like coming out to the set with the established cast?
JOHNSON: Yeah, that was kind of the initial thing of like, “Oh, god everybody knows each other. This is like their fourth or fifth movie playing these characters. They’re pretty comfortable in that kind of situation and with each other and just understand the whole kind of the mechanics of it ‘cause, you know, this movie is such a machine, you know. It just keeps going and going and you know, you’re a small piece to the Rubric’s Cube, and they said that you just have to trust with these guys but you’ve seen the quality of movies they’ve done before so, you know, you can have trust, but it’s just you don’t quite understand.”
But it feels slightly daunting, but it sort of very quickly becomes like a very kind of family environment, you know, they’ve set up over the years, and very comfortable with one another so it feels relaxed and chill. It’s just a lot of fun, and once you have a laugh with them you know it’s kind of cool, and you can kind of think about what you’re doing rather than kind of observing like, “Wow, this is pretty effing cool and overwhelming and surreal.” It’s kind of crazy but yeah, it was good.
With Lizzie it’s just like our characters are kind of combined, so I can kind of rely on her and vice versa. In those situations, we kind of feel slightly uncomfortable around the Avengers anyway, you know, so early on that we’re kind of outsiders anyway. So I think it also kind of played with it, you know what I mean?
What was it like going form playing a vigilante with essentially real superpowers in Kickass to an Avenger with actual superpowers?
JOHNSON: It’s a lot more fun having powers for sure. Yeah, I mean it’s good fun. they’re both really different, you know, characters with different dynamics but, you know, it’s a lot of fun having powers and, you know, doing these fight sequences. Like just visually anyway it’s the most exciting for me to see all of your favorite superheroes all fighting together as a team and they all have their different skillsets and they also collide into set with each other. It’s amazing to watch but also it’s amazing to do.
Watch for more Avengers: Age of Ultron blog posts to be published here soon, including interviews with Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige, Jeremy Renner & Cobie Smulders, James Spader & Paul Bettany and a movie review !
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.
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