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07/20/2016

Josh Brolin, who plays Thanos is the MCU films, has praised the directors of the upcoming ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ films.

The actor, who is currently promoting the home entertainment release of the Coen brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’, told Yahoo he saw parallels between the critically acclaimed directing duo and the Russo brothers, who are helming both installments of ‘Infinity War’.

He said: “I think these guys are just masterful at telling stories. They are into it. It is really fun. They [the directors Anthony and Joe Russo] are like the Coen brothers in their own way. You know they go to Palm Springs and they rent a house for a week and they flip burgers. They talk about the things Thanos could do. It is amazing.”

Brolin also described the moment when he first read the script for the next ‘Avengers’ film:

“I have known the co president of Marvel for over 20 years [and he said:] ‘Hey will you come to the Valley, so we can tell you the story of what we are going to do?’ I obviously got in my car immediately and I went to the Valley, which I don’t like to go to! And then I sat at a big table with all these guys and they just went through the story very specifically and I was completely and utterly blown away. It really is a fun world. It is a new world for me. Some people have been doing this since they we’re even kids and as much as I was in to a few comics I don’t know a lot about this world but I do know how deeply it affects people.’

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07/13/2016

There are still five Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films set to be released before “Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1,” but that’s not stopping one of its stars from sharing his thoughts on the two-part film.

In an interview with Digital Spy, star Josh Brolin admitted that he knows the plot of the movie, but he can’t reveal any spoilers.

“I literally can’t say one word about it, but it’s an incredible story. There’s no script yet. But I do know the story inside and out, and it’s an amazing story,” he said.

Brolin went on to say, “I sat at a table and listened to the story and was completely and utterly blown away. I was told it by all the people involved. It was a large table, I’ll put it that way.”

GameNGuide noted that the table Brolin was seated at included directors Anthony and Joe Russo, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and producer Kevin Feige, all of whom worked on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War” together.

It is unclear if any other cast members took part in that meeting, although it’s likely considering Brolin said it was “a large table.”

The actor has made cameo appearances as villain Thanos in previous MCU films “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

In the Marvel movies, Thanos has been collecting Infinity Stones, which will give him the power to rule over the universe.

“Infinity War” will see the Avengers, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America, along with other superheroes that have been introduced in the franchise, come together to try and stop Thanos as he finally collects all of the Stones.

In May, McFeely told Cinema Blend that Thanos will “do lots of dastardly things” in the film, but he’ll do more than just twist “his mustache the whole time,” according to Markus.

The screenwriters said the film will let fans “learn about the character, not just as a villain.”

It’s already been confirmed that “Infinity War” will feature 67 characters, most of whom we’ve seen in previous films.

As Joe Russo revealed back in January, “We have so many characters we’re dealing with. We’re breaking ground on ‘Avengers: Infinity War.” We have a board with 67 characters on it.”

That’s a lot of characters to include, but if “Captain America: Civil War,” which the Russo brothers directed, is any indication, then the directing duo is certainly up to the task.

“Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1” will be released on May 4, 2018, and “Avengers: Infinity War — Part 2” is set to hit theaters on May 3, 2019.

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07/08/2016

You’ve worked with the Coen Brothers numerous times now – Hail, Cesar!, No Country for Old Men – what makes you click with them?

Maybe the absurdity factor. I just really enjoy their sensibility, I get it. I don’t know why. You wouldn’t think, because we come from extremely different backgrounds, and charismatically we come from very different backgrounds. But I think, I just get it. What they chuckle at makes me chuckle. Even this new movie, Suburbicon, which we’re going to do for George [Clooney] which Jo and Ethan [Coen] wrote, he called me and asked if I’d be interested in doing a few scenes and I already knew it was a yes, because I knew it was written by Jo and Ethan. But then I read it and I’m laughing out loud, and it’s not very often you laugh out loud at their stuff. Also, there’s almost a mentorship in our relationship because they see in me the ability to play things, so they trust me to find my way through a role, that I wouldn’t necessarily pick for myself. No Country, maybe not, but True Grit, we came up with something a little different for that. And with Hail, Cesar! we came up with something different. It’s fun to create with them. I feel like all of us are on the ground with a lot of play-doh.

Read the full interview, here.

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