Josh Brolin Talks OLDBOY, JUSTICE LEAGUE And Big Budget Movies

Brolin discusses the action scenes in Spike Lee's Oldboy, saying that they're "amazing" and that they're not very similar to the original movie at all. He also shares his thoughts big budget films when asked if he would be interested in Justice League.

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By Paul Romano - 1/10/2013


Speaking with Collider while promoting Gangster Squad, actor Josh Brolin discusses Spike Lee's planned remake/re-adaptation of Oldboy. He reiterates how he gained the blessing of Chan-wook Park (who directed the original 2003) in starring in this new take, and he also comments on a four-minute compilation that Lee cut, saying that it's fantastic. "With Oldboy, look, it’s Spike Lee, its myself, the DP Sean Bobbitt, who’s a fucking amazing man and me talking, like I said, to Chan-wook Park and saying, “Do you mind if we do this?” and his only request was just don’t do the same movie and it’s like no were not interested in that. Structurally, as a scaffolding, it’s the same movie, but what we do with is very different. It looks very different. Spike, about two and a half weeks into the movie cut together this four minute compilation just for me to look at. Not that I needed it, not that I felt like I’m lost, I don’t know what I’m doing. He just gave it to me and said, “Don’t look at this until you get home.” And I watched this four minute compilation and it looked fantastic. It was a massive, massive inspiration. We were out of the motel room at that point, so I didn’t have to do that anymore. But we spent more time in the motel room. We did eight minute to eleven minute long takes where he would just let me go and do whatever. I’d be sitting there naked in the room and he would say, “You’ve been in the room thirteen years; go.” And I would do eight minutes on that and whatever would come up. Some of it was really stupid and unusable. Some of it was really fun and interesting."

Brolin is also asked about the fighting scenes and choreography, saying that there are very few similarities and that he can't believe he pulled it off. "Ours are amazing. We don’t match anything. The only matching is that we do it in one take. That’s the only matching. That’s the only similarity. Well, no, there’s one more similarity, but it’s basically the only similarity within that sequence and I think I can be safe to say that it’s not anything like the original other than it is one take and I’ve never experienced or seen anything like it. And I think what J.J. Perry did as the fight coordinator is something phenomenal. I will say this, I thought there is no way I could possibly pull it off until about a week before we did it after rehearsing it for quite a while."

Finally, he's asked if he has heard any conversations about possibly appearing in Warner Bros.' Justice League movie, since he has a close relationship with the studio. Yesterday, we heard Brolin's Gangster Squad co-star Ryan Gosling comment on the possibility of appearing in the DC Comics superhero ensemble (which is reportedly targeting a 2015 release), and he didn't sound extremely interested in it. However, what does Brolin have to say about it? "No. We’ve got other conversations and if that conversation comes up I’ll have a conversation with anybody about anything. There’s nothing that I don’t like. Somebody said recently that I’m not a big-budget guy. Gangster Squad has money, I don’t care if it has money or not. All I want to do is keep switching it up, that’s all I care about. So whether I do a big movie or a smaller movie, there are bigger movies that I’ve turned down just because I didn’t feel like - I said, “Look, I’ll be the first person to see this movie I just don’t want to be in it. I don’t want to spend the next six, eight months doing something that I get to show up and have the biggest trailer and do green screen do that.” Whereas Men in Black I was totally willing to do that because it’s a great character, and it’s a very difficult character."

Brolin is no stranger to the comic book movie genre. He played the title role in 2010's Jonah Hex, played Young Agent K in last year's Men In Black 3, and it was announced this week that he will be playing Dwight in October's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. If any, which Justice League character would you like to see Brolin play?

You can next check out Josh Brolin in action in Gangster Squad, which hits theaters tomorrow. Oldboy is set to hit theaters October 11th.









Source: Collider
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DarthMauve - 1/10/2013, 9:34 AM
Josh Brolin would make an awesome older Batman/Bruce Wayne.

There. I said it.
IronDean2099 - 1/10/2013, 9:42 AM
Brolin for Dr Strange.
IronDean2099 - 1/10/2013, 9:48 AM
I wonder what the 'other conversations' are about? Lobo?
Jollem - 1/10/2013, 9:49 AM
brolin for the tony stark reboot
IronDean2099 - 1/10/2013, 9:50 AM
Jollem@ he'll be dead by the time Downey Jr gives it up.
IronDean2099 - 1/10/2013, 9:52 AM
Also, I think Stark is one of the only Avengers that could make sense as an older guy. In fact, I think Downey Jr would look like a boss in the suit with a grey goatee.
IronDean2099 - 1/10/2013, 9:58 AM
Yossarian@ Yes!
MrEko - 1/10/2013, 9:58 AM

Jollem@ he'll be dead by the time Downey Jr gives it up.


@IronDean2099, dude I laughed so bloody hard after reading that. RDj is older than Brolin, so it read like RDJ would intentionally outlive Brolin so he never gets it, lol ;)
Jollem - 1/10/2013, 10:01 AM
@IronDean2099 - is there any word about how many more avengers movies the goose with the golden one-liners is gonna make? i haven't heard anything for definite
IronDean2099 - 1/10/2013, 10:12 AM
I actually had no idea RDJ was older. Man he looks good.
Jollem@ There was an interview with Kevin Feige a while back where he said that Marvel will happily let Stark age with RDJ as long as he wants to keep doing it. I don't think we'll see too much more of him after The Avengers 3 though, but that won't be until around 2020.
bbarber2323 - 1/10/2013, 10:13 AM
I was waiting for some moron to say Dr.Strange...
brokenexcitement - 1/10/2013, 10:13 AM
Hmmm....Josh Brolin for Kraven the Hunter in a future Spiderman movie???

Anyone??

Anyone??




Bueller??

Bueller??
IronDean2099 - 1/10/2013, 10:16 AM
bbarber2323@ What's wrong with Brolin as Strange? He'd completely own the arrogant jerk neurosurgeon role.Who would you cast?
IronDean2099 - 1/10/2013, 10:18 AM
Kraven would be awesome as hell although I always imagined Gerard Butler doing that.
KaneVonDoom - 1/10/2013, 10:19 AM
@Jollem: As far as I can recall, Marvel has always discussed the MCU and said they'd just "Bond" it with casting and keep going. I'm sure the spotlight will gaze around on different parts of Marvel history, but if they want to tell a story that requires characters that have already been potrayed and the actor is unavailable for one reason or another, then they'd recast.
AlexDeLarge87 - 1/10/2013, 10:20 AM
He was great choice as Jonah Hex. Sad the movie itself sucked big time.

Needed a better script. And kick ass western Director ala Coen Brothers, John Hillcoat or Walter Hill.
AlexDeLarge87 - 1/10/2013, 10:21 AM
I vote Vandal Savage.
brokenexcitement - 1/10/2013, 10:21 AM
IronDean2099 & bbarber2323

This would have been the PERFECT Doctor Strange, if he was still alive and young enough that is lol

IronDean2099 - 1/10/2013, 10:23 AM
http://badassdigest.com/2012/04/27/marvels-kevin-feige-says-iron-man-is-like-james-bond-you-can-change-the-act/

He says here that they would happily let both RDJ and Stark age together if he wants to keep doing it. I couldn't find the equivalent article on here.
IronDean2099 - 1/10/2013, 10:24 AM
Alan Rickman would have owned Strange 20 years ago.
Jollem - 1/10/2013, 10:30 AM
@IronDean2099 & KaneVonDoom - ah, i see
Bobbywoodhogan - 1/10/2013, 10:34 AM
I could see him as Darkseid actually
brokenexcitement - 1/10/2013, 10:41 AM
Thanks, Nomis

brokenexcitement - 1/10/2013, 10:47 AM
hey, Nomis & IronDean2099 & bbarber2323,

How about this guy for the Sorcerer Supreme?

Mr. Clive Owen...

IronDean2099 - 1/10/2013, 10:48 AM
I always thought Clive Owen could be amazing but I never thought he would do it for some reason. Plus Brolin seems to be much more active career wise at the moment than Owen does.
DCjohnny - 1/10/2013, 11:13 AM
he spoiled jonah hex .....
Shamo - 1/10/2013, 11:21 AM
@broken good one.
P862010 - 1/10/2013, 2:08 PM
josh brolin would be a perfect lex luthor
MrCameron - 1/10/2013, 3:22 PM
I vote Two-Face
laughterman26 - 1/10/2013, 3:39 PM
i dont care who hes cast as, after watching mib3 im hoping he gets cast as someone other than jonah hex. [i think he nailed the role personally, its just that the writers were shit and did a horrible job]. josh brolin ftw
Osirisno6 - 1/11/2013, 2:16 AM
VANDAL SAVAGE
UltimaRex - 1/11/2013, 5:06 AM
@imadick.

Yes.

Get used to it now.

Once casting actually starts this place will e-x-p-l-o-d-e. Especially if JL is separate universe. BTW:

Armie Hammer for JL's Superman.
DoctorWeird - 1/11/2013, 6:30 AM
Role of Doctor Strange

Perfect world - Daniel Day lewis

Real World - Jim Caviziel
Opt1mu5Pr1m4l - 1/14/2013, 6:38 AM
Josh Brolin for Vandal Savage anyone?

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