Newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, sat down with us to answer a few questions about Avengers Age of Ultron.
Avengers Interview: Elizabeth Olsen & Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron’s character, Quicksilver, is seen doing a lot of super speed running in the movie. How much of that was actually Aaron? Pretty much all of it, just sped up.
JOHNSON: Even though you wouldn’t really know because it goes so quick, all the running where there’s a blur it was me behind it.
Elizabeth had a very different fighting style than the rest of the character. Since most of her “powers” were special effects, the way she played Scarlet Witch was quite unique.
OLSEN: Well, it’s actually really fun. A lot of people have stunt doubles but my stuff is like a dance so I can’t have a stunt double come in and do that. I was always doing everything – I even had to do a triple flip back kick situation! I always got to be in control over my character’s body movements which was cool and fun because there’s no blueprint to how Scarlet Witch moves. You just see these like awesome finger/hand gestures and these circular red things.
I worked with a movement coach and she and I watched Joss’s version of Scarlet Witch. That was really enjoyable to watch because he would do the motions and we would interpret it into our own thing. It adds a different visual element to the fighting. It also felt a little funny because I’m not making contact with anything, like literally zero contact. So, you just kind of trust that they’re gonna put a robot where my eyes or something.
Neither Elizabeth nor Aaron had to audition for their parts. However, the fact that they had worked together on Godzilla made the transition to this new set easier.
JOHNSON: That was kind of the initial thing since 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…With Lizzy, it’s just like our characters are kind of combined so I can kind of rely on her and vice versa. In those sort of situations, we kind of feel slightly uncomfortable around the Avengers anyway so early on we’re kind of outsiders anyway. So I think it also kind of played within it.
Stay tuned as the interview with Mr. Joss Whedon himself is coming up tomorrow 🙂
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I was invited on an all-expense paid media trip as a guest of Disney and Marvel in honor of the Avengers Age of Ultron movie. All opinions are my own.