The entire point of The Avengers is seeing these comic book icons join forces, but when EW exclusively got Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo together for one big Q&A featured in this week’s issue, things got weird fast.
“I was just trying to survive the after-hours part of this shoot,” says Johansson, who recalled cast and crew playing video games to pass the time while on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “I will say Dance Dance Revolution is so much fun when you play with all of the Avengers and also the stunt team.”
Downey raises an eyebrow: “So, just all of the Avengers aren’t enough man for you?”
“No!” Johansson says with a laugh. “I want their doubles as well!”
Well – this kind of talk would never pass the Comics Code Authority.
But no matter. Things got serious on set too, as writer-director Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) talks about the May 4 movie’s old-fashioned sense of community and loyalty. Whenever things got too serious, you could count on Samuel L. Jackson to jump in with a wisecrack – or maybe accidentally set off the lightning sound on one of Hasbro’s toy Thor hammers.
When everyone was asked what homework they did to study up on their characters, Jackson said he watched the notorious 1998 B-movie Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. “and decided I was not going to do any of that.”
There were a few tense moments, including when Downey referred to Whedon as a “motherf—er.” That wasn’t the faux pas, however.
“I’m sorry,” Downey says quickly. “I’ll never say ‘motherf—er’ with Sam Jackson in the room again.”
“It’s okay,” Jackson responds. “I have different ways of saying it when I hear other people say it.”
“How would you rate my version?” Downey asks.
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