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Josh Brolin Admits That Benedict Cumberbatch Inspired Him To Play Thanos

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While doing the press rounds for Avengers: Infinity War, Josh Brolin made it clear that he had some strong reservations about making the leap to superhero movies. Playing Deadpool 2’s Cable came with bodybuilding obligations no 50-year-old should tolerate, but he managed to survive that ordeal and parlay it into a crowd-pleasing movie and a Brolin-pleasing paycheque. But even with another hefty payday attached to Avengers: Infinity War, the actor had some reservations about playing supervillain Thanos as the role required him to immerse himself in the tedious world of motion capture technology.

“I’d never done anything like that,” he said in a recent interview. “You, know I thought I was going to be behind a bunch of lights and a bunch of cameras, and it wasn’t like that. It was practical, working with people. Yeah, it’s a phenomenal process, man. I saw Benedict Cumberbatch—I think it was for The Hobbit—and I looked on YouTube when I was deciding whether I wanted to do it or not.

He had this mo-cap suit on, and he was in this big warehouse. He’s crawling around like a snake, snapping his tongue out, doing this incredible performance. I saw that and I was like, ‘Alright, that’s the bar. This is not like bullsh*t. This is something… you have to sink your teeth into.’ Conviction. Embarrassment. All that kind of stuff.”

But even after accepting the role, Brolin had some lingering anxiety about the troubled history of villains in the MCU. “The critics were always talking about Marvel villains being the weak point,” he explained. “So you have that pressure… I never really knew that [before], but the way that people are reacting to this character as if he truly exists is kind of phenomenal.”

Avengers: Infinity War is still in theatres now. Check out the trailer below.