We couldn't be more excited for Joss Whedon's The Avengers. (OK, we probably could; check back in a few months.) But some members of the giant cast are feeling a little crowded. Joss Whedon himself admitted he had too many characters, and now distinguished actor Stellan Skarsgard says his small part in the film was unsatisfying because he's not one of the "people with funny costumes."
In a new interview promoting The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (in which he has quite a bit more than a small role), Skarsgard briefly discussed returning for the Avengers as his Thor character, scientist Erik Selvig. When the interviewer brought up that he's in the Whedon epic, Skarsgard replied only with "Mm-hm."
Luckily he elaborated.
"No, no ... of course I am. But not very much," he said. "There's a lot of people in The Avengers. And I was thinking, 'How on earth are you going to get all of those superheroes in a movie and have room for them and still have a story that actually moves forward?' And, also you have to satisfy a lot of actors with at least reasonable material."
That's nothing new to us, right? We all know this movie is crowded, and you have to make room for the superheroes because, after all, the movie is named after them. When asked if he was satisfied with what he got to do in the flick, Skarsgard only said, "No. Not really. But I'm not one of the superheroes."
The interviewer noted that Skarsgard's role in Thor was a good deal bigger, but Skarsgard wanted to keep talking The Avengers. Here you get the sense that he's not really complaining, just worried that the film won't come out well when all is said and done.
"I have normal clothes and only show up briefly because people with funny costumes—that's going to be the core of it," he said. "But, Joss Whedon, it's fantastic; pure mechanical work to build a story with so many heroes that actually works. I think the script worked. What it will be when it comes out, I can't tell."
And of course, the Marvel portion of the interview wouldn't be complete if Skarsgard weren't asked about a director for Thor 2. He doesn't know anything about who might step forward to helm the flick, but he does have a definite opinion about the kind of director he'd like to see take on the God of Thunder this time around.
"I think what Marvel has been very smart with, they've been picking very good directors—not necessarily experts on visual effects and big movie-making," he said. "What they need are directors who are good with characters and actors. It's just like with the first Pirates of the Caribbean film: It's not what Disney wanted. They tried to fire both Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp. Gore Verbinski's take was that he concentrated on the actors and gave them space—and the audience loves it."
It's hard to blame a top-shelf actor like Skarsgard for wishing he had meatier roles in films, but with Marvel packing so many characters into The Avengers that it's starting to feel like the film that contains all other films, some actors were bound to be disappointed with walk-on parts. Hey, at least he gets to be in it.