Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin prefers playing the role of the cosmic villain Thanos in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War as averse to his role as Cable in Deadpool 2, also to be released this year. Thanos, introduced in the mid-credits of what some would consider one of the best superhero films ever back in 2012 is now the primary antagonist in possibly the most anticipated film of this generation six years later.
Brolin’s role for Thanos required him to perform motion capture similar to that of Mark Ruffalo’s role as Hulk. This isn’t the case for Cable, performing on-set with minimal (or at least less than Infinity War) green screen, limiting real interaction in the process. Brolin spoke with Total Film Magazine (via CBM) on the matter:
“Look, I really like doing Cable, and it’s practical. But I think if I was to have a preference, it’d be Thanos, just because my expectation was pretty low, given that I just thought I was a prop. And it was quite the opposite, having seen enough of the movie and realized how cutting edge this technical process is, y’know?”
Brolin’s preferred role especially in the field of motion capture is not only a testament to the advancement of motion-capture as a means of film-making but something to watch out for in the future in regards to film roles.
Brolin himself has delivered outstanding performances in various genres of film with dramas like Milk or comedies like Inherent Vice and now with Infinity War, his role is looking to be something worth thinking about once the credits roll.
Source: Total Film Magazine (via CBM)