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When it comes to Black Widow, Marvel Studios assembled a strong cast for the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scarlett Johansson shines in the lead role of Natasha Romanoff, but her co-stars, like Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz, also bring their A-game. And of course, there’s also David Harbour, who plays hulking, Russian super soldier Alexei Shostakov a.k.a. Red Guardian. Harbour gets to chew his fair share of scenery and ends up stealing a few scenes in the process. And he even enhanced a scene by improvising about Santa Clause, because of course.
The dynamic between Natasha Romanoff and her found family is far and away one of the best aspects of Black Widow. Those interactions can be tricky to nail, though, so the cast focused their attention on the script in order to make the relationships between the characters feel real. CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell recently chatted with David Harbour, who explained how he and his co-stars sought to build connections while prepping for the movie:
It sounds like David Harbour and the rest of the Black Widow cast and crew put in a considerable amount to ensure that the relationships felt authentic. And one of the positive results of this is that it leads to unexpected gold in front of the camera, which, according to Harbour, occurred during one of the movie’s key scenes:
Considering all of this, it’s really no surprise that the dinner table scene and a number of other sequences work so well. Capturing magic like that can be difficult, but those small touches really do come through, even an extended explanation of Santa Claus.
David Harbour’s feelings are also a reflection of his deep love for the character of Alexei. Based on other comments he recently made to CinemaBlend, he was incredibly excited to put on his Red Guardian costume for the first time. And he even has an idea for a movie that would see his character take on Captain America. There’s a good chance fans will want more of the character after seeing him in the movie, and Marvel Studios might just oblige them should that be the case.
Black Widow is now playing in theaters and is available via Premier Access on Disney+, which you can sign up for using this link.
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