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Joss Whedon talks casting choices for ‘The Avengers’

HollywoodNews.com: Joss Whedon’s take on the upcoming “Avengers” film adaptation is one of the most highly-anticipated projects in Hollywood. In a just-released red carpet interview, the geek god himself sheds a little more light on the casting choices for the film.

When asked if he’s happy with all of the roles, Whedon responds immediately, “Oh hells yeah. I’d like to say that I came up with [Jeremy] Renner [who plays Hawkeye in the film] but they had Renner in their sights. I spent weeks trying to think of somebody else and I couldn’t get him out of my head. I’d try and make lists and it looked like I was getting married. ‘Jeremy Renner, Jeremy Renner, Jeremy Renner, Jeremy Renner. Mrs Josh Renner.’ It was like I had a crush. They just nail it. It’s one of the things I love about Marvel. They take chances. It doesn’t seem like Robert Downey was a chance, but at the time he was. And the first time I saw Kevin Feige after he cast him I was like, ‘Congratulations on being so smart.'”

For Whedon, Mark Ruffalo was always the perfect Hulk. “I wanted Mark because he connects with you,” he says. “He is a guy who you feel that he is you and he reaches out to you…I wanted somebody that had the quality that Mark has which is somebody who has taken hits from life but is not defined by that. He’s taken a hit and he stood back up. He’s not thinking about himself necessarily. Mark is a very giving guy and actor. Just talking to him about The Hulk I learned so much more about the character of Bruce Banner than I had ever even thought of. It was an instinct I thought no one would support. The studio were completely into it. Robert Downey Jr was super supportive. And you know everybody welcomed him into the fold and I was so excited because, to me, he’s going to be the first Banner.”

When it comes to the balancing act of juggling so many different characters with sky-high expectations, Whedon admits, “You know, in a way it’s tough and in a way it’s the easiest thing in the world because that’s what the movie’s about. These people don’t belong together. There’s friction, there;s tension, there’s drama…oh, wait, I need that for my storytelling so it’s perfect. There’s no reason that this crew should be together except that we need them to be. And so I got very excited by this because of how odd it is.”

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