What deserves the most focus from Brolin’s recent words is his consistent praises of Marvel Studios and how they go about piecing together the MCU one character at a time. The fact that Brolin was allowed to take such creative liberties with Thanos over the years and mold him into the character that fans would eventually see decimate the universe says a lot about how Marvel Studios allows their actors to tinker and toy with their roles, despite having such a specific vision for what path they want MCU films to follow.
Reported by IndieWire, Josh Brolin recently joined James and Roger Deakins’ podcast, Team Deakins, and opened up about his experience working as Thanos for Marvel Studios and how exactly he came about bringing the character to life:
“I mentioned Brando in ‘Apocalypse Now,’ this guy who is very elusive and insane but what he is saying makes sense and is poetical. I started seeing the parallel which I liked for me. I loved being able to resort to a film like ‘Apocalypse Now’ when I was doing something like ‘Avengers.’”
Brolin also had high praises of Marvel Studios’ technology used on the set of Infinity War and Endgame, which brought his interpretation of the Mad Titan to life in real-time, saying that helped the process become “fun” to him:
“The more I watched it, the more I realized this is a real guy. This is not a big purple guy this is a guy with insides and cells and feelings. Then it became fun. To me, it was like going to do 1970s black box theater in New York. You totally resort to your imagination. It is absolutely behavioral, if not more than other movies.”
Brolin went on to add that he did not have the same experience in the other Marvel franchise he joined in 2018 under Fox, saying that the Deadpool job was “much harder,” and that it felt like “more of a business transaction” than anything else compared to his time working with the Russo Brothers and Marvel Studios:
“‘Deadpool’ was hard. Even though it was funny, it was harder. That was more of a business transaction, it was more, ‘We need to make this like this,’ which I didn’t feel that way with ‘Avengers.’ With those directors, they would constantly go back and reference ‘Scarface’ or ‘Dog Day Afternoon.’ Whether or not it was a manipulation, they knew what to throw out there to bring it back into something inspired.”