Scarlett Johansson says ‘The Avengers’ sequel is even more ”complex” than the first film.
The actress is returning as Marvel character the Black Widow in the superhero team-up movie, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ next year, and hinted Joss Whedon’s movie is likely to be one of his best yet.
She teased: ”Joss Whedon, who is coming back for ‘Avengers 2′, has got his finger prints all over that project, certainly just as much as he did with ‘Avengers’, if not even more. He’s in a place now where most directors would be extremely burdened by the task of having to top the last one.
”But for some reason, I think the universe is working in the right way for him. Joss seems extremely focused and he’s in some ways less jaded. He really is in a good place to start this movie.
”He’s crafted an even more complex and cerebral story this time around while still giving the fans those superhero elements that they love, the little Easter eggs, the explosions and the surprises, the little wink to the audience. He’s got a very dry sense of humour as a person and as a writer. ”
Johansson is confident fans of the franchise won’t be disappointed with the results thanks to Whedon’s ”exciting” script.
She added in an interview with French website AlloCiné: ”The irony is not lost on him. These characters are still in a completely bizarre set of circumstances, they’re totally aware of what a strange team of misfits they are. It’s pretty exciting I think the fans will not be disappointed. Unless we mess it up, which is always a possibility!”
Article from Variety.com:
Black Widow and Captain America first met on-screen 10 years ago.
Scarlett Johansson joined the Marvel universe in 2010’s “Iron Man 2” as the Black Widow, a role she’s reprised in two other films, including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” She spoke to Variety about her decade-long friendship with Chris Evans and the pressures of playing a superhero.
Do you remember the first time you met Chris?
Yeah, the first time I met Chris was 10 delightful years ago on “The Perfect Score.” Our story lines didn’t cross paths too much. We did have one scene where we had to sing together. I was talking to Chris about it the other day, actually.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen “The Perfect Score.” What happens?
Well, you’re going to have to rewatch it. Even then, there was an ease between us onscreen.
Then you did “The Nanny Diaries.”
And then we did “Avengers.” We got to see one another grow in many ways and change. [“Captain America: The Winter Solider”] was the first time I had ever worked with him where he was the male lead. Chris is the only actor I can imagine playing the character. He makes something that could feel stale feel fresh. I don’t know how he does it.
He said he was unsure about accepting the role. Did you feel that too?
I talked to him a little about it, because I had already signed on to do “Iron Man.” Of course, the pressure wasn’t on my shoulders like it was on Chris’s. I was playing a character that Marvel was invested in, but we didn’t know if the audience was going to be totally behind the Widow at that point. It was like I was dipping my toe in. He was taking the full brunt of the production on his shoulders. It can feel like a gilded cage at times.
He told me he wants to direct full-time.
I’m sure he will make a wonderful director. At least, he’ll make a great actor’s director. He’s very curious and he throws the ball back with fervor. He loves to rally the entire group. Even if you’re just not having it — “Chris I’ve had the longest week of stunts and my body hurts” — he’s like, “All the more reason for you to go out and celebrate!” I think that’s probably because he comes from a big family.
He also told me he only works out an hour a day—and eats whatever he wants.
I don’t even want to hear about that. I’m a girl trying to keep up with these guys. I look around, Chris is eating gummy bears and Skittles, and I’m eating a bag of dry popcorn. Oh well.
Scarlett Johansson believes it was “irresponsible” for Woody Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow to name actors and actresses in the letter Farrow published last month that accused Allen of molesting her when she was a child.
“I think it’s irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on,” Johansson, who was one of the actresses Farrow mentioned by name, tells The Guardian. “That just feels irresponsible to me.”
In Farrow’s letter, which was published in the New York Times last month, she mentions such stars as Johansson, Cate Blanchett and Diane Keaton, who have worked with and praised the director. “Imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen,” Farrow wrote. “Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter.”
Though many people have pledged their support for Farrow, Johansson tells The Guardian she’s “unaware that there’s been a backlash” against Allen since the letter’s publication. “I think he’ll continue to know what he knows about the situation, and I’m sure the other people involved have their own experience with it,” she says. “It’s all guesswork.”
Allen was never prosecuted based on Farrow’s claims, which first came to light in 1992. He has consistently maintained his innocence and wrote his own response to Farrow’s letter in the New York Times last month.
For her part, Johansson is opting to remain neutral. “I don’t know anything about it,” she tellsThe Guardian. “It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other.”
Scarlet Johansson and fiancé Romain Dauriac are expecting their first child, PEOPLE magazine confirmed Monday.
Johansson, 29, has been engaged for six months to Dauriac, 31, a French journalist and manager of a creative agency.
E! Online first reported the news Monday. A rep for Johansson had no comment on the news.