Samuel L. Jackson & Clark Gregg Interview For ‘The Avengers’ Blu-Ray & DVD Release
Iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow answer the call to action when Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a daring, globe-spanning recruitment effort to assemble The Avengers team to defeat an unexpected enemy threatening global safety and security. Despite pulling together the ultimate dream team, Nick Fury and longtime confidant Agent Coulson must find a way to convince the Super Heroes to work with, not against each other, when the powerful and dangerous Loki gains access to the Cosmic Cube and its unlimited power.
Directed by Joss Whedon, ‘The Avengers’ (‘Avengers Assemble’ in the UK) stars Chris Evans (Captain America/Steve Rogers), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye/Clint Barton), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man/Tony Stark), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki). Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg and Stellen Skarsgard co-star. Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. ’The Avengers’ is available as a 2D Blu-ray Combo Pack, a 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack and on DVD from September 17th in the UK and September 25th in the US. My previous interviews for ‘The Avengers’ can be found here: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Joss Whedon. A Blu-ray and DVD interview with Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans can be read here, and a Tom Hiddleston one here (more to come).
How has it been for you working in this Marvel Cinematic Universe? There’s so many possibilities in the way it moves forward…..
Samuel L. Jackson: It’s real great. Just the fact that it’s such a vast and wonderful kind of landscape to explore, that there are a lot of stories to be told that I can be a part of or I can just sit back and watch and enjoy (laughs). And the fact that they’re such complete, intricate individuals, the Marvel characters. That’s great, really great. There’s stories, everybody lives in a different place, everybody’s coming from a different place, everybody’s trying to make their way in this ordinary world as an extraordinary individual – like when Thor visits it’s kind of a fish out of water story. Those are always interesting. Captain America is a fish out of water in a time he doesn’t quite understand.
What has it been like for you seeing Agent Coulson become more and more fleshed out in the Marvel films, to the point we see him in ‘The Avengers’?
Clark Gregg: I had to do a lot of pinching of myself in the five years I’ve been doing this character because the fact that they took this character and expanded it in ‘Iron Man’ then added it to these other movies, suddenly he was really stepping up in ‘The Avengers.’ And I’m a geek, I feel like they pulled me out of Comic-Con and did this because I won a golden ticket (laughs). What I loved about Agent Coulson, right from the first movie, was that at first he seems kind of like an annoying bureaucrat, just pestering Tony Stark for an interview. But as the story goes along, to my great thrill (laughs), he turns out to be a much more formidable character, who’s kind of hiding in plain site as this guy. When you look at the team, it’s made up of rock stars and divas with giant muscles and super-powered egos (laughs), so somebody has the job backstage to make them all play in the same super band – and that’s what Agent Coulson does.
The audience is slowly learning more and more about Nick Fury, this highly secretive figure – he’s even secretive to the people he works for and the people that work for and with him…
Samuel L. Jackson: He’s a mysterious sort of icon figure, we know he’s been around for a while – we don’t know if he’s 90 years old or if he’s 190 years old (laughs), you know? He’s a part of the shadow community, he and Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff share a common bond in that field and I think he brought her into the light. He runs S.H.I.E.L.D. and he still keeps secrets from a lot of people, especially the people he works for. Which makes him a wildcard in this whole sort of thing, you don’t know if he’s on the right side or the wrong side. He’s interesting.
Clark, you’ve been heavily involved in ‘Marvel One-Shot,’ these self-contained short stories set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, how was that?
Clark Gregg: That’s a really cool thing that Marvel did. Right before ‘The Avengers,’ probably six months before ‘The Avengers’ Marvel said, “We want to expand the audiences understanding of Agent Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. in a way that also connects the timeline in these Marvel movies. Would you be interested in doing this?” I was like, “Lets do it tonight, I’m ready. It sounds fantastic.” Agent Coulson gets to kick a little T-U-S-H (laughs), and it was fun. It was a really cool thing that they were doing. And I know that they’re going to do some more.
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