Josh Brolin Reveals How He Captured The Role Of A Young Tommy Lee Jones In MEN IN BLACK 3

The very talented actor discusses what it took to get the role in the next installment of the Men in Black franchise. Hit the jump to see what he had to say!

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By WesleyGibson - 5/4/2012
In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back… in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.

In "Men in Black 3," actor Josh Brolin plays the younger version of Tommy Lee Jones' character, Agent K. And Brolin manages what his cast mates are calling a near-flawless impression of the elder actor, based on a little running joke he had with director, Barry Sonnenfeld.

"[It was] a bad impression that I used to do for Barry. You know, we're out and we're with the Coen [Brothers]," says Brolin. "You're doing the Nick Noltes, the Tommy Lee Jones' -- and really bad versions -- then somebody calls you and says, 'Hey! You wanna do this mega movie and play a young Tommy Lee Jones -- for a billion people to judge?",

To prepare for the challenge, Brolin took isolated himself from the world and got down to work.

"I just went and rented a little motel down in Mexico with my computer and my GarageBand, and just kind of went through it," he explains. "I got really frustrated, wanted to quit, wanted to call Sony and say, 'You're wasting your money doing this because I can't do this.' You know, all the actor stuff that people go through. And then you start to go, 'Oh my god, that's one thing that sounds good.'"

Actually, Brolin compares the task of mastering Jones to an exercise in musical dexterity.

If his co-stars Will Smith and Jones offer trustworthy testament, Brolin aced his role, fulfilling one of his lifetime goals in the process.

"As a whole, serious movies are much more fun to work on than comedies because you're compensating for the drama, so people usually have a brilliant time," the actor observes when asked about his decision to join the mainstream flick. "It sounds so cliché, but I just want to keep challenging myself. My goal isn't to do as many mega-films as I possibly can. My goal is to be on my deathbed and to look back and kind of chuckle. And I'm starting to chuckle now."


Will Smith as Agent J
Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K
Josh Brolin as Young Agent K
Rip Torn as Chief Zed
Emma Thompson as Agent O
Alice Eve as Young Agent O
Nicole Scherzinger as Lilly
Bill Hader as Andy Warhol

RELEASE DATE: May 25th, 2012

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supermarioworldE - 5/4/2012, 4:45 AM
Brolin's performance will probably be the most memorable thing about the entire movie, so kudos to him.
Dedpool - 5/4/2012, 7:11 AM
GrayFox1025 - 5/4/2012, 7:22 AM
It is really uncanny how well Josh Brolin looks like a younger Tommy Lee Jones
AlexDeLarge87 - 5/4/2012, 7:48 AM
He nails the voice too.

It sounds sick! :)
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 5/4/2012, 7:53 AM
Seriously, I though they must have lip-synced the voice, it's THAT good! I know that's just the trailers but his performance is looking like a very memorable one to say the least!
Shaman - 5/4/2012, 8:32 AM
Other than for Brolin's performance... why the [frick] would anyone want to see an MIB3??? Seriously, the only way to even remotely make "beating a dead horse with a stick" slightly interesting, is to get a shiny new stick. Clearly.
hoodedjester - 5/4/2012, 9:06 AM
from what I've seen in the trailers, he's nailed it pretty darn well
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 5/4/2012, 10:05 AM
@ Shaman - You can always move on to working on another part of the horse, they're pretty big so there's plenty to go at. For a little extra variety you can simple use the other end of the stick but that may result in messy hands. If messy hands don't bother you then why not throw the stick away completely and go Balboa on the horse corpse?

But yes, memorable as Brolin's performance is shaping up to be, it's also looking like the only memorable about this movie. Still, I gave Conan a home rental so this at least deserves the same.

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