If it's crap ... We'll tell you
One of the best things about Marvel's run of films leading up to 'The Avengers' was how well they cast for their various iconic characters. Their casting of villains was often equally as formidable as their casting of the heroes. Standing as sterling example of that was Hugo Weaving's turn as The Red Skull in Joe Johnston's 'Captain America: The First Avenger.'As Phase 2 gets under way, Marvel is doing everything it can to hold on to its greatest actor assets. Unfortunately, it looks like Weaving will not be waiting on the bench for his next at bat. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview...
"I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. They might for 'The Avengers,' but I didn't think I'd be in 'Captain America 2' or '3.' I don't think Red Skull will be there. And it's not something I would want to do again. I'm glad I did it. I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn't want to force someone to do it, if they didn't want to. I think I've done my dash with that sort of film. It was good to do it and try it out, but to be honest, it's not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by. As an actor, to do all sorts of different films is great. It stretches you in different ways. But, I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with."
Ain't that a kick in the skull? This is a huge disappointment. I loved Weaving's take on the character and was hoping to see him return to the role at some point in Marvel's future. I'm having trouble understanding what it is about playing the villain in a comic book movie that failed to rouse the actor's enthusiasm. His comment about being done with that sort of film is confusing. I don't think he's talking about genre films in general, as he's never seemed shy about appearing in, say, Peter Jackson's various Tolkien filmic adaptations. So why is a guy who seemed so perfectly suited for the role of a supervillain in a superhero film so adamantly against doing another? What happened behind the scenes that soured him on the role?
What do you guys think? Are you disappointed to hear that Weaving will probably not be returning as Red Skull? Do you foresee Marvel trying to get him to fulfill his contract even if his heart is not in it?