The Avenger Josh Brolin Turned To For Advice On Playing Thanos

With every passing entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we get closer and closer to Marvel’s endgame. An all-hands on deck, knock down, drag out battle between earth’s mightiest heroes and Thanos the mad titan. While Josh Brolin has been making the occasional cameo, usually during the credits of other films, he’ll be taking center stage before we know it. It’s going to be a big deal when that time for Thanos to shine finally comes. The man behind the purple-skinned alien is looking forward to doing more, and in preparation for the motion capture heavy work, he went to another member of the MCU with experience to get a better idea of what he was in for: the Incredible Hulk, Mark Ruffalo.

Josh Brolin and Mark Ruffalo have been friends for some time, and Ruffalo now has extensive experience, playing the Hulk in a pair of Avengers movies, so the Hail, Caesar actor went to his friend to try and get an idea of what he was getting himself into. Brolin tells Comic Book Resources that Ruffalo’s advice was to enjoy himself, it’s going to be fun, mostly.

I just said, what do I have to look forward to? And he said, 'Man, the first time I did ... Hulk, was really embarrassing because I'm out there and I'm like on cinder blocks and shit trying to act out this stuff for other people. And then I saw the movie, and ... I'm so blown away that I couldn't actually wait to get back there and to do all that stuff again that I found embarrassing in the beginning.' He says, 'You're going to have a blast'

So, the end result is fun, but the work, maybe a little less so. One can imagine that the motion capture aspect has to be a little weird, especially on a big team-up movie like The Avengers. Everybody else around you is wearing a superhero costume, while you’re covered in technical gear designed to record your movements so they can make you look like the Incredible Hulk somewhere down the line. When that time comes, however, it’s apparently all worth it, according to Mark Ruffalo, and he expects that Josh Brolin will feel the same way.

Josh Brolin isn’t coming into Avengers: Infinity War completely blind. He has had his few cameos, along with a larger supporting role in Guardians of the Galaxy, but even that role had him stationary, in a throne the entire time. We have yet to see Thanos really move, much less get in a fight, which we certainly expect to be seeing. There's a lot that will be new for Brolin coming up.

Josh Brolin admits to being nervous but seems to have full faith in the Russo Brothers and the team at Marvel Studios to make it all work when the time finally comes for him to show up and really be Thanos. He’s also excited to finally get the chance. We’re excited as well.

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