In an interview with Collider, actor Stanley Tucci talks about his upcoming films, with the most prominent one being in Joe Johnston‘s Captain America movie. Discussing his “Dr. Abraham Erskine” role, and working with green screen.
ST: Absolutely. It is kind of weird when you’re suddenly doing a green screen thing, and then acting really comes into play because you’re acting to nothing. But you still have to approach them all the same way and it has to be approached truthfully. And then, like anything, you have what you bring to it to make that character real and truthful. And then, of course, you have to make technical adjustments depending upon what kind of set it is.
Q: Is acting opposite nothing an interesting acting challenge or is it inhibiting and an obstacle?
ST: It’s fine. It’s a challenge. It’s not preferable. It’s not like you want to make every movie like that.
Q: Do you worry about the comic book fans who know every nuance of the character?
ST: (Laughs) That’s up to them. I don’t know. You just do it the way it is on the page and then you bring to it what you can bring to it. And if they don’t like it and they want it to be different, I suppose they could go make their own movie.
Q: But the script is in the universe, have you gone to every comic book store and picked up every Captain America comic book?
ST: No, and at least in the drawings that I saw of Erskine, this character that I play, I don’t look anything like that, like he was in the comic book. But the essence of the character is absolutely truthful to the story, to the original comics, which is, he’s this very smart, very sweet scientist who escapes the Nazis and helps create Captain America. And he’s older. He’s elderly which is why they cast me. (Laughs)