How Mark Ruffalo convinced Josh Brolin to play Thanos, Cable

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Apr 19, 2018

Some may be worried that Josh Brolin didn’t spend enough time on the Infinity War set for the latest Avengers film -- since the actor was off playing supersoldier Cable in Deadpool 2 around the same time -- but ease that galactic temper. Brolin actually prefers playing the Titan. He also, it turns out, took some convincing before he took any role at all in the pair of superhero films.

In an interview with Total Film, Brolin discussed his recent roles. “At the beginning, before I said yes, I called Mark Ruffalo and I said, ‘What do you think of this?’ He was like, ‘It’s going to be really uncomfortable in the beginning, and then you see the movie, and you’ll just be absolutely blown away by the stuff you were doing,'” Brolin said of the motion-capture role of the villainous Thanos.

“And that was then. They made huge leaps and bounds in mo-cap territory since then. There’s nothing not authentic about it.” But then, how did he feel about going for another comic star at the same time?

Brolin said of Deadpool 2 that “When it was offered to me, I was tired, I was doing Avengers, and I was kind of irritable. I was like, ‘Why would I want to do this right now? I’m already doing Avengers. Isn’t that enough?’ My wife goes, ‘Why are you complaining? Why don’t you just read it?’ And I did. And she was right.” A few meetings of the minds later and Brolin is juggling two Marvel (well, Marvel and Fox) properties, with little room to breathe between.

He had to have a favorite, however. When question on which it was, Brolin said, “Look, I really like doing Cable, and it’s practical.” Yet, when he continued, Thanos was the victor. And that’s only because Brolin’s “expectation was pretty low, given that [he] just thought [Thanos] was a prop.”

“And it was quite the opposite,” Brolin said, “having seen enough of the movie and realized how cutting edge this technical process is, y’know? I was watching me. I was watching every twitch, every blink. I was watching my eyes. My actions. I was living through my intentions.” It sounds like no matter which character fans favor, Brolin was happy with his performances, even if they took some convincing.

Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters April 27 and will be quickly followed by Deadpool 2, which debuts May 18.