The gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures of James Spader in the last two The Blacklist season two episodes. What did everyone think of the season finale?
Reddington (James Spader) is still keeping the truth from Liz (Megan Boone). Find out his secret on the Season 2 finale of The Blacklist, Thursday at 9/8c on NBC.
The upfronts are currently taking place in New York City and NBC was the first to present their new shows and fall schedule at the Radio City Music Hall on Monday morning. James Spader was in attendance along with his The Blacklist co-stars. The gallery has been updated with pictures of the event with some thanks to my friend Claudia. Enjoy the new additions!
The gallery has been updated with seven episode stills of James Spader in the The Blacklist season two finale titled Masha Rostova. Enjoy the new additions.
Now that she’s made the FBI’s Most Wanted list, Liz remembers everything on The Blacklist season finale, Thursday at 9/8c on NBC.
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures of James Spader in last week’s The Blacklist episode titled Quon Zhang. Enjoy the new additions.
Think of him as the ultimate malware.
James Spader is the man inside the mechanical terror in Avengers: Age of Ultron, breathing fetid acrimony into the artificial intelligence program that decides the world would be a nicer place if we weren’t on it anymore.
As the movie opens across the country, and to cap off EW’s Age of Ultron week, we bring you an exclusive deep-dive into why The Blacklist star played hard-to-get for Marvel over the years – and what he thinks Ultron may have right about us.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Joss told me he wanted Ultron as the villain for the Avengers sequel before he even finished the first movie. When did you come into the process?
JAMES SPADER: It started with my agent and Kevin Feige talking about the idea of doing something at Marvel. She also represents Sam Jackson, and I had said at one point, “It might be fun to do one of these comic book movies.” My middle son, at the time, was a teenager, and he always loved superhero movies and things like that.
Were you into them growing up?
I have fond memories as a child where I had a great friend who had a trunk of every kind of comic book. I would go over for sleepovers at his house, and I used to just climb in that trunk and read everything I could.
So this one was for the kids.
And my youngest son, at the time, was coming along. I have three boys, and I had never really chosen any films for the kids – quite the contrary! [Laughs.] Most of the time, kids wouldn’t really be able to see or, certainly not, appreciate them until they were considerably older.
I suppose Less Than Zero isn’t good for a family movie night.
None of them have been! Crash [the 1997 David Cronenberg thriller about people sexually aroused by car collisions], probably even less – or maybe not! Both are … cautionary tales.
Audiences won’t actually see James Spader’s face in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but they’ll certainly recognize his voice. What fans may not realize, however, is that the 55-year-old actor filmed the robot’s movements, too.
E! News’ Alicia Quarles exclusively interviewed the cast on set in London last summer. Spader had filmed his first scene in April, when he was shooting the first season of NBC’s The Blacklist. “I had to come in to do a sequence with Scarlett Johansson. So I flew in, quickly did a sort of introductory tutorial on the process, and then the next day shot the sequence and then back to The Blacklist.”
How did it feel to bring the android to life, so to speak?
“It was great, actually. The technology was such that I put on the suit and you do a range of motion,” the three-time Emmy Award winner said. “They record the range of motion with all the markers on and all the transmitters and everything, and then they sort of plug it into some program. I would move and I could watch it live as Ultron. And that’s the first time I stood up a little straighter.”
Joss Whedon wanted someone idiosyncratic, funny, engaged and enthused to give life to his robotic villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
In other words, he wanted James Spader.
Through a motion-capture performance and snarling vocals more apt for a petulant teenager than a towering killing machine, The Blacklist star plays the formidable Ultron in the superhero sequel (in theaters Friday) written and directed by Whedon.
Invented by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) as part of a global protection initiative, Ultron evolves quickly from benevolent artificial intelligence to evil robot whose “mission of peace” involves wiping out the Avengers — especially his “father” flying around in the Iron Man suit — as well as pretty much all mankind.
The strings are off of this Pinocchio with major daddy issues.
“Ultron would be a great challenge for Freud,” Spader says, laughing. “The moment he takes his first steps, he’s come to the conclusion that his revelation of how to fix what he perceives as the world’s problems is to start over again with a new, more evolved and developed species.”
Whedon wanted Ultron to look like a robot but sound like a human, and the metal bad guy gets a lot of the movie’s best Whedonesque lines. At the same time, though, the filmmaker liked that Spader could also take his voice to a terrifying place.
“I wanted him to be the anti-logical robot. That he was always marching to the beat of his own completely insane drummer,” Whedon says.
“He has enormous twisted personal issues that he doesn’t understand at all. That combination, it’s a deadly brew.”
The Blacklist season two finale airs May 14th on NBC.
05/14/2015 (09:00PM – 10:01PM) (Thursday) : In the season finale Liz (Megan Boone) realizes she is being framed by The Cabal forcing Red (James Spader) to use his connections to help her clear her name. As Cooper (Harry Lennix) receives shocking news, Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) Samar (Mozhan Marno) and Aram (Amir Arison) must decide who on the task force can still be trusted. Ryan Eggold also stars.