While trying to stay calm during my wait for the Avengers movie, I learned two things: The actors and director Joss Whedon are goofy. Here are fun quotes from the movie premiere and from an Entertainment Weekly group interview.
Injuries during filming:
Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye):
I sprained my neck.
Joss Whedon (director) He was turning to the right. Kids, don't turn to the right. It's too dangerous.
Samuel L. By God Jackson (Nick Fury): I had an awful rash from my costume because the neck was too high.
Scarlett Johannson: Oh, here we go.
Jackson: I filed workmen's comp for that. I'm still getting paid.
What did Robert Downey Jr. wear under the Iron Man suit?
How good is the movie?
Everybody said it really worked. We went home like, "Phew!" Otherwise -- (pointing at Joss Whedon
) I'd be gunning for you, motherfilker.
I'm sorry. I'll never say motherfilker with Sam Jackson in the room again.
Jackson: It's OK. I have different ways of saying it when I hear other people say it.
That's what makes him an interesting character. He's sort of inward.
Jackson: What did you say? N-Word? What?
Playing the Hulk:
Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner / Hulk):
We talked a lot about Bill Bixby's David Banner. I watched the TV show with my 10-year-old boy. After the third episode he said, "He's so misunderstood."
Playing Nick Fury:
I watched David Hasselhoff and decided I was not going to do any of that.
Which cast member is toughest?
Chris Hemsworth (Thor):
"Scarlett would kill us all. She's lethal."
Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson): My money is almost uniformly on Scarlet Johannson. She does this chair flip thing in the film that is so awesome."
Robert Downey Jr. (He is Iron Man): Not all of us are in the same weight class so it is hard to say between Hemsworth and Evans. I think they're pretty evenly matched. I think it would go to the ground. Then I think it's me, Ruffalo, and Renner in a quote-unquote three-way in which I lay waste to them with sleeper holds but then we cuddle. And then it is Hiddleston versus Johansson if I am not mistaken. That probably just winds up in dinner at a five-star restaurant somewhere."