The latest addition to the Avengers group, Aaron Taylor-Johnson speaks about his powers and working with director, Joss Whedon
BRITISH actor, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, has movies like Kick Ass, Nowhere Boy and Godzilla to his credit. Quite choosy about his films, The Savages star once laughingly compared the process of auditioning to flirting: where in three minutes, he has to introduce himself and walk out, with the judges still thinking about him. While the 24-year-old and his wife, Sam Taylor-Johnson (48), are still under the media scanner for their 24-year age gap, the couple, who got married in 2012, do their own thing with their two children. The actor is now looking forward to reprising his role as Quicksilver (a cameo in last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier) in the upcoming film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he plays the newly-appointed Avenger who can move at superhuman speed. More from the actor:
Did the other actors make you feel welcome right away?
Absolutely. It was definitely a daunting feeling to come on set with all of the Avengers, because for the majority of the cast this is their third or fourth film. So they’re very comfortable with each other and with the way they want to portray their characters. Everyone’s super friendly and down to earth, and it’s a very grounded set. The environment we work in is family oriented. Robert (Downey Jr) did a lovely thing recently: two nights before we all had a big scene together and he called a cast dinner together, so we could just catch up. It was really nice.
When the movie begins, where do we find Quicksilver and his sister Scarlet Witch?
It’s great that I came on with Witch. In this film, my role continues from where it left off at the end of Cap 2—where we did a little tag, experimenting in Hydra’s basement and seeking revenge on Tony Stark because of what we’ve been through in the past. My character has super speed and Elizabeth’s has psychological powers.
Tell us about Quicksilver’s powers.
Quicksilver’s superpower is being as fast as the speed of sound, but he’s also quick at everything else. He’s quick tempered and becomes frustrated with everything. You couldn’t really have Quicksilver without Scarlet Witch. They balance each other out. We do these Eastern European accents. We’ve done dialect sessions together so we could sound the same, especially because I’m English and Elizabeth’s American.
How did the costume designer, Alexandra Byrne bring your character to life?
Yes. Byrne is fantastic. One thing that (director) Joss wanted was never to see Pietro (Quicksilver) in the same pair of shoes twice—as he’d just burn them out and then pick up another pair somewhere else. His trousers are very much like a motocross biker’s jeans. They’ve got padding in the knees and the lining to protect him—like if he was running in the woods and he’d gotten nicked by a tree or something because he’s going so fast.
If you could have another Avenger’s powers for a day, which one would it be?
Probably one of the most impressive, physicality wise, is Thor. As a god, he’s like six foot something; he’s huge. His arms are the size of my thighs and he’s got a hammer that can fly and make thunderstorms.
How is it working with Joss Whedon?
Joss is the ultimate Avenger. He is the team leader. He can see behind everyone’s eyes. I’d like to see him when he’s writing, just being some schizophrenic man, talking to himself in five or six different kinds of characters. He’s genius. I rely on him and put all my trust in him. He’s just open to talk about everything—our thoughts and ideas. He’s brilliant.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is releasing today.