Brie Larson gives insight to what it took to become Captain Marvel, including the toughest part about shooting the film.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. â€“ A warning to young hopefuls: There is no emergency hotline for fledgling superheroes.
Thatâ€™s what Brie Larson learned before stepping into the boots of â€œCaptain Marvelâ€ (in theaters Friday), despite having a guy on the inside of S.H.I.E.L.D.Â
It was the night before Larson was flying out of Vietnam, where she was shooting â€œKong: Skull Island,â€ to attend the 2016 Oscars, which would bestow a best actress Oscar upon the â€œRoomâ€ star. She was 26, already in talks with Marvel, and her â€œKongâ€ co-star Samuel L. Jackson (also known as Nick Fury) asked to have dinner with her.
Here it comes, she thought. the advice sheâ€™d been waiting for.Â
â€œI figured it was going to be this moment where he was going to instill all this wisdom and give me some sage advice I could ruminate on my three plane flights back to Los Angeles,â€ recalls Larson, now 29. â€œAnd nothing! He didnâ€™t say anything, and finally the check came and I was like, ‘Youâ€™re not going to say anything?Â Youâ€™re not going to tell me what Iâ€™m supposed to do?’ And he was like, ‘Why would I tell you what to do? You already know what youâ€™re supposed to do.Â You get it!’ â€
Achoo!Â How ‘Captain Marvel’ Brie Larson overcame being allergic to her cat co-star
Well, maybe not all of it. Jackson, who showcases a younger S.H.I.E.L.D. agentÂ in “Captain Marvel” (and reveals the cause of his eye patch), saysÂ heÂ eventually flagged Larson about her impending loss of anonymity.
But â€œafter seeing this film, I think I might have underestimated what I was trying to tell her,â€ he says now. â€œJust because she represents so much to so many women. â€¦ Sheâ€™s going to be on girls’ walls and a lot of people are going to be wearing that red and blue and gold suit for Halloween.â€
A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.
- 1 of 12
- 2 of 12
- 3 of 12
- 4 of 12
- 5 of 12
- 6 of 12
- 7 of 12
- 8 of 12
- 9 of 12
- 10 of 12
- 11 of 12
- 12 of 12
That’sÂ precisely what makes â€œCaptain Marvelâ€ more than just a popcorn flick, for better or worse. Itâ€™s the Marvel Cinematic Universeâ€™s first female-led solo superhero movie, after a decade spent trotting out the menfolk. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Doctor Strange, even Ant-Man got a standalone film before Captain Marvel, described as the most powerful of all the Avengers (as such, sheâ€™ll play a pivotal role in the upcoming â€œAvengers: Endgameâ€).
This weekend, Captain Marvel’sÂ early days as theÂ Earth-bound pilot Carol Danvers will be revealed as she takesÂ on aÂ violent intergalactic Kree-SkrullÂ war.
Review:Â ‘Captain Marvel’ sparkles as intro to Brie Larson’s work-in-progress warrior
Shh!Â Our top-secret ‘Captain Marvel’ set visit with Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson
It was during an early sparring scene with Jude Law, who plays Larson’sÂ Starforce commander,Â that directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck saw the actress begin to harness her supersized powers.
â€œShe kept Jude on his toes,Â oh, my God,â€ Boden laughs. â€œI remember the first day that Jude got to set and went to stunt training with her to learn that scene,Â and him being like, ‘Oh, I better up my game.â€™”Â
Much has been said of Larsonâ€™s nine months of physical prep: 250-pound deadlifts, pushing aÂ Jeep up a hill, hanging tough in an F-16 as Air Force pilots simulated a dogfight.
â€œI was fine! I puked the entire time, but I was fine,â€ she laughs. Working with her now-viralÂ cat starÂ wasÂ â€œweirdlyÂ the biggest obstacle of the movie,â€ she acknowledges. (Sheâ€™s highly allergic.)
What does Captain Marvel meanÂ to her?Â Though she feels slightly silly saying it out loud â€“ itâ€™s such superhero talk, honestly â€“ â€œthe thing that I thought was my weakness was my greatest strength,” she says.Â “My introversion, the thing that made me go, â€˜Well, I couldnâ€™t be a superhero,â€™ is the same thing that I think makes this story important to me. Because Iâ€™m saying, â€˜Iâ€™m flawed, I donâ€™t know how to do this, Iâ€™m still figuring it out, Iâ€™m learning, I want to grow.’Â But Iâ€™m committed to myself.â€
“Captain Marvel” doesn’t have a sidekick, unless you count Carol’s pet cat Goose.
You can see it in her posture. In past interviews, Larson was prone to curling up on a couch;Â she would actively take up less room in front of strangers. Today, the newly platinum blonde star sits ramrod straight in her double-belted marine blue pantsuit, her legs firmly planted wide. She leans forward, looking you directly in the eyes. She is ready.
â€œIt’sÂ a combination of what martial arts has done for my brain and what learning how to own my body in this new way has done for me,â€ says LarsonÂ of her newfound confidence. â€œAnd also just getting to embody Carol for awhile. Your brain starts to explore new ways of being. Then, when the movie was over, I was like, this new baseline feels better for me.”
But as Larson’s star climbs, her personal life is increasingly off-limits. Previously engaged to musician Alex Greenwald, questions about her romantic life prove prickly.
â€œI like saying noâ€ to personalÂ topics,Â she says. â€œSo I donâ€™t have a problem with that.â€
How does this captain kickÂ back?
â€œI usually have some sort of craft hobby,” she says.Â “I started knitting again. During ‘Captain Marvel’Â I was needlepointing.”
A pillow of a cat? â€œIt was not. I was doing abstract needlepoint,â€ she chuckles. â€œWhich is very on brand (for me).â€Â
Contributing: Brian Truitt
A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.
- 1 of 33
- 2 of 33
- 3 of 33
- 4 of 33
- 5 of 33
- 6 of 33
- 7 of 33
- 8 of 33
- 9 of 33
- 10 of 33
- 11 of 33
- 12 of 33
- 13 of 33
- 14 of 33
- 15 of 33
- 16 of 33
- 17 of 33
- 18 of 33
- 19 of 33
- 20 of 33
- 21 of 33
- 22 of 33
- 23 of 33
- 24 of 33
- 25 of 33
- 26 of 33
- 27 of 33
- 28 of 33
- 29 of 33
- 30 of 33
- 31 of 33
- 32 of 33
- 33 of 33
Article source: https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/599243926/0/usatoday-lifetopstories~How-Brie-Larson-classic-introvert-became-aposCaptain-Marvelapos-aposI-want-to-growapos/