Sitting down with Director Joss Whedon was seriously inspiring and fun at the same time. He walked in and had us all laughing within 10 seconds. He was gracious, friendly, and most of all real.
We talked about his brother Jed Whedon who we had interviewed the day before, we talked about making sure all the characters get screen time and he inspired me by talking about pushing harder and farther and not being complacent.
I am so excited to share our Avengers Age of Ultron interview with Director Joss Whedon with everyone!
One of my favorite moments in the interview was Joss Whedon talking about people who inspire him and push him to to do better. Joss talked about the people in his life that he sees working hard. Here is a snippet of the conversation in Joss’s words.
It’s just the people in my own life that I see working four times as hard as I ever can.
and trying to do things they can’t. Those are the people that they never have. Those are the people that make me sit down and go, oh wait a minute, I can do better because ultimately, the only person who’s ever really going to inspire me to go further and do better is, is, is me. I have to sort of like gear up and I should actually have two chairs because at some point, I always do go, okay, you need to, you need to work harder, you need to do more, you need to be better. I’ll tell you who’s inspired me of late, is Lin-Manuel Miranda because seeing Hamilton at the Public Theater was just such a breathtaking experience.
And the amount of work that he did for six years to put that together, I just thought, oh, gotta bring up my game. There it is. The bar is higher again. Dammit.
This moment of the interview made me stop and think about how far I am pushing myself and what I am doing on a daily basis. If Joss Whedon who has just directed what I am sure will be the biggest movie of 2015 can say he needs to up his game what do I need to do. Thinking about the conversation now I still get chills and inspired by the moment.
One interesting tidbit we learned during the interview is Avengers Age of Ultrons first cut was an hour longer than what we see in theaters. In fact the movie is a minute shorter than the previous Avengers movie.
As much as I wanted this to be bigger, I didn’t want it to bloat. I didn’t want us to seem like we were full of ourselves. Oh you love us…here’s three hours. You’d like to pee? Tough ~Joss Whedon with a smile and a laugh ~
We asked Joss to tell us about the iconic opening shot of the Avengers jumping in slow motion and how it came to be.
We just caught it by accident, you know. I hadn’t even said action yet. They were just clowning around and somebody had a phone, so that was great. That shot was the last shot we got finished, cause it’s over a minute long and I wanted to create some frames that were just unabashedly comic book frames that would speak to our love of, of the thing and that one took longer to create than anything else.
And to dial in and it was important to me to have that right away, like first up in the movie. To say, not to say, and now we’ve got to get everybody back together and let’s go find them, now we find Captain America and he’s digging in a trench and now we find, and instead just go boom, we’re back. This is what you love. Are you having fun? Good. Now we’re going to tear it apart.
Have I mentioned enough yet how fun and real Joss Whedon was during our interview. He gives you the feeling that you want to sit down and just talk with him for hours about the movie, the characters, where he sees things going and so much more.
Can you imagine what it is like trying to balance all of the characters in the Avengers family along with the actors and actresses that play them. So many personalities and character traits it sounds like a crazy job. In talking with Joss he mentioned how great the cast is and how wonderful everyone is to work with. How the team has become a family and everyone works together.
We asked if it was hard to make sure that every character gets enough screen time.
Joss Whedons response ….Yes
Short simple and so real. But don’t worry he shared more with us after we all laughed with him.
It’s hard. What’s important is making everybody integral to this story and not just have it sort of be a roll call where it’s like, and I’m also in the film. Making sure that the twins’ story was part of Ultron’s story and making sure that their perspective on the Avengers had something to do with Ultron’s and so that there was always a reason for everyone to be together.
The good thing they worked so well against each other, so when you’re giving somebody their moment, it’s usually with somebody else. It’s usually playing against somebody else, either arguing with or having fun with or teaming up with and so it creates its own little web, so it’s difficult, but it’s not like you’re telling, it’s not Magnolia where you’re telling all these separate stories that are just vaguely intertwined. It’s, you know, they’re doing some of that job for me. BY the way, if it was Magnolia, it would be the best movie ever made, but I can’t reach for the stars, people. I’m just a man.
We asked Joss what the hardest scene to shoot for the movie was.
I would say probably after the first attack by Ultron. Everybody’s in the lab kind of trying to figure out what’s going on. We referred to that as the WTF scene and it was just very difficult for me to put together. It’s hard to explain why. There’s something about the way the light in the room, I just, I could not find the focus of where everybody should be and how they should move and Robert had to do something really difficult which was start laughing in the middle of this scene, as sincerely like, become a little unhinged.
Getting there and sort of making that work, that was one that I struggled with. I struggled every more with the party scene. The after party scene I actually shut down during shooting early one day because I was just, I started shooting it and I hated everything I was doing and then I was like what, what should I do? What’s wrong? And then I realized, wait a minute. Didn’t I just make an entire movie where people sit around and drink? Wasn’t that Much Ado About Nothing? Ohhh, and then I called. I was like give me some, I need cards, I need beers.
Anyway, I get all these things and we’ll do it all handheld and we’ll just let them go and as soon as I remembered how to shoot a party, it became a party.
The party scene he is mentioned is fantastic! I can’t wait for everyone to see it. We asked Joss if most of the scene was scripted or if the actors were ad libbing.
There’s a little, they’re throwing stuff out. They definitely, you know, with Robert in a situation like that, I’ll usually give him like, you know, five or six options just to see what tickles his fancy and he’ll sort of run through them. Most of it is scripted, but I like to leave a little room for those guys. First of all, they’re all funny, articulate people who really know their characters and second of all, it sort of, it helps the flow particularly in something like that. You want it to, you don’t want to feel camera moves. You just want to feel like you, you stayed at the party.
Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st, 2015! I highly suggest pre-buying your tickets and being there opening weekend! The movie rocks! I can’t wait to share more of our #AvengersEvent interviews and reviews over the upcoming weeks. Make sure and follow the hashtag #AvengersEvent on twitter to see all of conversation about the event and movie.
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
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.