James Spader Discusses Playing Ultron In “The Avengers 2”

October 1, 2013

During a press conference for NBC‘s new drama series The Blacklist, actor James Spader was asked about his upcoming role as Utron in Joss Whedon’s THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.

When asked what intrigued him about joining the highly-anticipated sequel, Spader explained, “Well, I had met with Kevin Feige a couple of years ago and just told him that I would love to come into that world, at some point, if the circumstances were right. It was for a lot of reasons. There was a time in my life where I used to go over to my friend Will’s house when I was kid and I never had any comic books in my house, but he had trunk loads of them. I used to go over there & bury myself in his room with his comics & devour them. Then, I put that down in my life. I have three sons & a couple of them, along the way, have shown a real keen interest in that world. So, before it was too late, I wanted to try to see if I could be part of that.” 

Spader adds that, “One of the great luxuries, as an actor, is that you’re able to participate in projects where the process of making the thing or the world you’re entering is so foreign to you, and that foreign world, in many cases, forces you to work in an entirely different way. The challenge becomes so different, and I was intrigued by that. I’ve been doing this a long time, and it seemed like it would be great fun to do something that I have no frame of reference for. So, the right thing came along and Kevin Feige called me up and said, “I found the thing.” And Joss Whedon gave me a call and said he really wasn’t thinking about anybody else for it and he thought it would be great fun to do. So, here we go”.

Whether playing Ultron will have an impact on his recurring role in The Blacklist, Spader explains, “I’m hoping that it’s gonna be a fairly smooth transition, but I don’t know. We’ll wait and see how long The Blacklist plays, and whether it plays a full season or not. If it plays a full season, then I’m sure I will be packing my bags on the last few days of our production on The Blacklist, in preparation to get over to London to start shooting The Avengers. ” 

The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be written and directed by Joss Whedon from his screenplay. Production will begin in March 2014 and hit theaters on May 1st, 2015.

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