Video: Edward Norton and Tim Blake Nelson talk THE AVENGERS with @gandthew
We recently got the chance to sit down with actor Edward Norton, along with director and co-star Tim Blake Nelson, for their new film LEAVES OF GRASS. Alas, the nerd in me could not resist going off topic for my last question to discuss the future of Bruce Banner and the jolly green giant. After all, Norton and Nelson did also co-star in 2008's THE INCREDIBLE HULK, so I found it only fitting to carpe the diem while I had both of these gentlemen in the flesh. Luckily, I didn't make Norton angry...you wouldn't like him when he's angry.
Quite the opposite in fact, as both actors were more than willing to talk openly and honestly about their experience in the Marvel universe with THE INCREDIBLE HULK, their own comic book fandom, and of course the future of the character, including any potential involvement with THE AVENGERS. Hell, we even talked about THE DARK KNIGHT!
Check out what Norton and Nelson had to say after the jump!
In doing a lot of recent press for GRASS, I've seen several stories in respect to Norton and his involvement in a potential sequel to INCREDIBLE HULK, as well as cross-over cameos in other Marvel properties (i.e. THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, and the upcoming IRON MAN 2). While he pretty much Hulk-slammed his involvement in any of those properties at this current time, he was much more optimistic when asked if he would be willing to be involved in the planned AVENGERS movie and return to the role of Bruce Banner.
"Oh sure. Sure, definitely. I mean...we all know...even all of us know in that whole world and mix that those are decisions that get made way up the chain and have to do with kind of macro-economic and macro-branding kinds of things."
Allow me to add that I have never spoken with two actors who get comic book films and fandom like Norton and Nelson do. They see them for what they are, what they should be, and what they can be in respects to the weight they have the potential to carry. And, most importantly, Norton recognizes the importance of catering to a devout fanbase, which he also considers himself to be a part of. Much like Jon Favreau in his approach to IRON MAN, Norton is a guy who realizes the power that lies within the people. And apparently, when we comic book nerds speak...people listen.
"You know...I said this to others in the community of what you guys are doing...you guys have almost more powerful voices in these things than some of us who are involved in them do. Without naming names, I've seen very high-ranking executives at the companies involved sitting white-knuckle over all your sites trying to parse what you guys think about what it should be. So, you’d be surprised how much power you all have in that...in getting them to go towards certain things.”
We also went on to discuss the challenges that could possibly come along with making a movie that collates so many well-known superheroes, each played by an actor with a strong presence. Furthermore, what happens in putting all those characters together in one film under one director when they each have their own origin stories from other directors with their own visions?
Check out the rest of the video interview below!