Both Comicbook.com and Entertainment Tonight got to visit the set of Captain Marvel, and having done that they have given us a great insight upon the film by interviewing Producer Jonathan Schwartz and Samuel L. Jackson respectively. Uncle Sam had a long chat with the reporters from Entertainment Tonight and he told us some key details such as Captain Marvel being able to Time Travel, teasing the Tesseract, and Goose being a Flerken amongst other things.
But this new update has come from the directors of the film, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, as they were asked about the process of turning back the clock on Nick Fury by Fandango. To no one’s surprise, they revealed that Jackson is not like most actors who need a fit body double to replace them while filming. Here’s what Ryan Fleck said:
“I mean, Sam Jackson looks incredible for a guy who just turned 70. The traditional way of doing this process is you have to have a younger double, basically in every setup, who basically performs the scene after the actor, and then you kind of take pieces of their face and put it on the actor. Fortunately, we did tests and prep, and we realized we didn’t have to do that with Sam, because he looked so good already. It really allowed us to work faster. That would have really slowed us down. We didn’t mess up the rhythm of the shoot at all, having to wait with every setup to perform the scene again with another actor. We didn’t really have to have him do anything too differently in the movie.”
Well, I don’t think that Samuel L. Jackson requires CGI de-aging either, as he doesn’t look that old in the first place, and a little makeup throughout filming could have done the trick. But every old actor these days gets an obligatory facelift using the de-aging tech, so the same was done for Uncle Sam as well.
Co-director Anna Boden continued to talk about the magnificence of the Visual Effects team who were on top of their game at all times using the tech on Sam L. Here’s what she said:
“Yeah, and our visual effects team is just amazing, and they’ve been developing this process for years. It’s a similar process for visual effects in terms of they’re really hand painting every shot in the film. It’s not like they punch in some numbers, and they’re able to be like, ‘De-age Sam!’ They’re hand painting every single moment, and you’re giving feedback on it, making sure that the performance is preserved as the visual effects go on, and they’ve just been incredible in terms of working with them, and making sure that we were capturing the nuance of every expression. He’s such an expressive actor.
I think audiences are going to forget that he’s actually a 70-year-old man about five minutes into his performance in this movie, and just be on the ride of seeing this young Nick Fury, experiencing with him, you know, learning about alien life for the first time. We’re so used to a Nick Fury who’s seen it all, and this is the first time he’s seen it at all.”
Samuel L. Jackson is one of those actors who can still carry out a great action sequence at this age. The dude’s 70 years old and he’s still starring in bad-ass action roles or supporting roles. If you’ve got any doubt upon how dope he is, go check out The Hitman’s Bodyguard, then come back and tell me in the comments how much you love Samuel L. Jackson.
Captain Marvel is going to be Marvel’s first ever female-led film and it brings a totally unique character forward. Producer Jonathan Schwartz gave us a basic plot of the film as he said:
“You get a glimpse of her squad there, the Starforce, led by the Jude Law’s character. Very quickly along this journey they get dispatched on a mission to an alien planet to fight the Skrulls and over the course of that mission, Brie Larson’s character is captured by the Skrulls. That puts her in contact with the younger, two-eyed version of Agent Fury, and the two of them together have to stop the Skrull plot on Earth. And at the same time, get to the root of Carol’s past. So that’s the bones of the movie.”
Captain Marvel opens on March 8.