SuperHeroHype was on set for Avengers: Age of Ultron several months ago and interviewed Joss Whedon. You can read what Whedon had to say about Ultron and Mr. Spader below.
Q: About the character of Ultron, when you have a guy like Spader who has an incredible presence, which I imagine lends itself to the character quite well, but I’m curious, how is he acting in a general scene amongst humans, his open philosophy, how that kind of translates to the screen?
Whedon: Well, Ultron feels a certain distance from humanity, and the day Spader got here we put on the mocap pajamas, a giant thing with red dots on it for his eye line, and a giant pack, and a helmet with two cameras in his face with lights to record his performance. He then did a scene with Scarlet, but not looking him in eye because she was looking up in his eye line, nor could he see her because he had two lights shining in his face, and he had his glasses on. Therefore, he has a certain distance from humanity, too. God bless him, he was wonderful, and very game and has been the whole time. Very interested in the mechanics of the mechanics, and of you know, finding the humanity. He and I share a genuine love of this version of Ultron, and he has an innate eccentricity in his delivery that is everything that I had hoped Ultron would be.
Q: How is he different from other villains you’ve seen in superhero movies?
Whedon: I think for me, there’s always a point where I’m writing them where (I’m like) “They’re right! The Avengers suck! We got to do something about that. We got to take care of these guys.” Hopefully, you will come out of this, if not agreeing with him (then) getting him, and getting his pain, which leads to a lot of damage, and some humor. How’s he different? I mean, villains are different from each other. The important thing for me is he’s not this external thing. He’s not “Independence Day.” Not that I’m criticizing that movie, but it’s not like we spent some time on the alien going “Oh, I hate that Will Smith! Punched me right in the face my first day there!” (laughter) When he’s in his scenes, you want to feel like he will never understand that he’s not the hero.
The gallery has been updated with more high quality episode stills of James Spader in The Blacklist season two. Furthermore I have added 5 high quality pictures of him on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1997.
The gallery has been updated with screencaptures of James Spader in the last two Boston Legal season three episodes. Keep checking back for season four and season five screencaptures!
The gallery has been updated with screencaptures of James Spader in Boston Legal episodes 3.19 to 3.22. The last two episodes of season three will be added this weekend.
James Spader has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the category Best Actor in a TV Drama for his performance on the NBC drama The Blacklist. Congratulations to Mr. Spader!
Actor, TV Drama: Clive Owen, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Spacey, James Spader, Dominic West #GoldenGlobes
— TV Guide (@TVGuide) December 11, 2014
I’m thrilled he was nominated again. Fingers crossed he’ll win the category this time around.
The gallery has been updated with screencaptures of James Spader in Boston Legal episodes 3.15 to 3.18 with the rest of season three soon to come.
I will do my best to update the gallery with pictures of older projects during the The Blacklist winter hiatus so keep an eye out for future updates.
I have updated the gallery with The Office episode stills and behind the scenes pictures. Furthermore I’ve added more The Blacklist pictures from season one and two.
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures of Mr. Spader in Monday’s The Blacklist episode titled The Decembrist.
A new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer has hit the web. Be sure to watch it below!
NBC has announced the midseason finale dates for The Blacklist, Parenthood and more.
The Blacklist will conclude its 2014 run with Monday’s (November 10) episode and return with new episodes on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.