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Josh Brolin reveals how Benedict Cumberbatch inspired him to play Thanos (from outside the MCU)

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Jun 21, 2018, 12:04 PM EDT (Updated)

It can certainly take some convincing for Josh Brolin to sign up for a movie role. The actor only recently admitted how Mark Ruffalo had helped persuade him to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he was considering parts for Cable in Deadpool 2 and Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

Now Brolin has revealed that there was another MCU actor who gave him some inspiration to join the Marvel family – Doctor Strange himself, Benedict Cumberbatch. However, it turns out that it was a performance by Cumberbatch from a different universe entirely that helped make up his mind when agreeing to play the Avengers supervillain.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Radio, Brolin explains how watching YouTube videos of Cumberbatch acting out scenes as the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit that made him realize this wasn't going to be the type of performance that he could just phone in while standing in front of a green screen.

"He was in this [motion capture], and he was in this big warehouse, and he's crawling around like a snake, snapping his tongue out doing this incredible performance,' Brolin explained. 'I saw that and was like, all right, that's the bar. This is not like bulls***t. This is something you can actually… you have to sink your teeth into conviction, embarrassment, and all this kind of stuff. And I decided, yeah."

Of course, we would also have shown him some YouTube clips of the incredible Andy Serkis and his pioneering work playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies, should he have required any further persuading. Still, we're glad that Brolin got there eventually.

Previously, The Goonies star had told Total Film in an interview that Ruffalo assured him he would be pleased with the end result of playing the motion-capture role of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

What do you think of Brolin’s performances in both these movies? Let us know in the comments below.