James Spader Discusses What Drew Him To Ultron And Marvel
NBC has a new hit series on their hands with the crime thriller The Blacklist, which stars James Spader. The premier last week brought in huge numbers and won critical acclaim. A lot of the kudos that are being dished out are going to Spader, who plays a criminal who is handing over information and whereabouts for some of the US Governments most wanted criminals, as well as crime bosses they didn’t even know existed. In true Spader fashion, he steals every scene he’s in and plays the anti-hero with ease.
James Spader will be playing the villain once more when he takes on Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest of the Avengers when he plays Ultron in the upcoming sequel, Age of Ultron. Some feel it’s a bit of an out-of-left-field casting, but I have no doubt Spader will be the perfect fit. While doing a conference call today to promote The Blacklist, talk eventually led to his participation in the comic book movie and he was asked what drew him to the franchise.
Well, I had met with Kevin Feige a couple of years ago and just told him that I would love to come into that world, at some point, if the circumstances were right. It was for a lot of reasons. There was a time in my life where I used to go over to my friend Will’s house when I was kid and I never had any comic books in my house, but he had trunk loads of them. I used to go over there and bury myself in his room with his comics and devour them. And then, I put that down in my life. I have three sons and a couple of them, along the way, have shown a real keen interest in that world. So, before it was too late, I wanted to try to see if I could be part of that.
So, the right thing came along and Kevin Feige called me up and said, “I found the thing.” And Joss Whedon gave me a call and said he really wasn’t thinking about anybody else for it and he thought it would be great fun to do. So, here we go.
Here we go is right. Of course, if The Blacklist continues to be the hit that it is, some fear that there may be some scheduling conflicts, as Age of Ultron is set to begin filming as early as January of next year. But Spader didn’t seem to worry too much about that and I’m sure that if a conflict arose, things would be worked out in a professional manner.
Spader has quite an array of film and television credits to his name, anything from Mannequin to Boston Legal to Lincoln, proving that his range is vast. I can’t wait to see what he does with such a dastardly character like Ultron, where he can really let the villain in him loose. Age of Ultron will star Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Samuel L. Jackson. Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor Johnson are rumored to be playing Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The film is slated for a May 2015 release date.
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Source : Collider