James Spader talks about the ambivalent nature of the character of someone who has just “come in to being”, however, having an “incredible capacity for knowledge.”
“There’s a humerous aspect to him, which is something that drew me in from the very first conversation I had with Joss [Whedon]. In many ways he’s a child, this character, because he’s a brand new being who’s just come to be. And yet, through artificial intelligence, he has an incredible capacity for knowledge. So he’s a very powerful, smart child.”
Spader is currently starring in Sky Living’s The Blacklist playing a former government agent, turned criminal. Thusly, he spoke of the fundamental differences between the morally ambivalent Red and Ultron, the uber villain in The Avengers: Age of Ultron: “Ultron takes abrupt turns in scenes. Red isn’t pyschopathic but Ultron is. Yes, he is psychopathic. He’s really bats#@t crazy!”
In the first trailer for Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Spader dawns a menacing and deranged voiceover which begins, “I’m going to show you something beautiful – everyone screaming for mercy…” before a sinister restyling of the Pinocchio tune kicks in. It is centre to the darker tone that we were expecting in the second instalment, and one can’t but help think, it was a stroke of genius casting Spader as Ultron.
Spader also spoke about Whedon and his style of directing offering this lovely titbit: “Besides being just a lovely person, his directions are very precise”
Starring Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo and directed by Whedon, Avengers: Age Of Ultron will smash into cinemas on 24 April.
Here’s the trailer again… you know you want to…