Stanley Tucci Describes Working with a Green Screen on CAPTAIN AMERICA as 'Weird'

The veteran actor shares some of his experiences from the UK film set of Marvel Studios' Captain America: The First Avenger, where he portrays an elderly, German scientist.

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Marvel Studios is prepping to bring one of their most iconic characters to the silver screen next summer; Captain America: The First Avenger. Though still in the first few weeks of principal photography, several of the film's key actors have already completed their work; including Stanley Tucci. The award-winning thespian is portraying Dr. Abraham Erskine, a defecting Nazi scientist who creates the mysterious Super Soldier Serum which powers the film's title character.

Sheila Roberts of Collider.com recently caught up with Tucci and, among other things, discussed his time on the Captain America film set as well as his take on the character:

"...in the drawings that I saw of Erskine, this character that I play, I don’t look anything like that, like he was in the comic book. But the essence of the character is absolutely truthful to the story, to the original comics, which is, he’s this very smart, very sweet scientist who escapes the Nazis and helps create Captain America. And he’s older. He’s elderly which is why they cast me. (Laughs)

"It is kind of weird when you’re suddenly doing a green screen thing, and then acting really comes into play because you’re acting to nothing. But you still have to approach them all the same way and it has to be approached truthfully. And then, like anything, you have what you bring to it to make that character real and truthful. And then, of course, you have to make technical adjustments depending upon what kind of set it is... It’s a challenge. It’s not preferable. It’s not like you want to make every movie like that."

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When asked if he worries about the reaction those comic book fans who are very familiar with his character, and may be against any change from the source material, might have with his portrayal, Tucci said:

"You just do it the way it is on the page and then you bring to it what you can bring to it. And if they don’t like it and they want it to be different, I suppose they could go make their own movie."

Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Haley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper Toby Jones and Neal McDonough. The film is scheduled for theatrical release on July 22nd, 2011.

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Boy October

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"You just do it the way it is on the page and then you bring to it what you can bring to it. And if they don’t like it and they want it to be different, I suppose they could go make their own movie."

I think that he was, just, screwin' around when he said that. Tongue

Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

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I don't, at all. It's a comic book movie. He's a critically acclaimed award winning actor. I doubt he cares about the online bitch sessions fanboys will have about his mustache being 1/4 inch too wide.

Phinehas

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He was one of my early personal fan-picks for Sinestro. Him and Jason Isaacs.

I agree with Poni! He's a professional and would address and express the character as he thinks is best.

Upupandaway

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Pietro Filipponi wrote:

I don't, at all. It's a comic book movie. He's a critically acclaimed award winning actor. I doubt he cares about the online bitch sessions fanboys will have about his mustache being 1/4 inch too wide.

I completely agree. Tucci is an excellent actor for what is probably going get not too much screen time (I may be wrong). I just would like a quality film. They've referenced Brubaker several times during interviews and that's OK with me.

ckal

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Boy October wrote:

"You just do it the way it is on the page and then you bring to it what you can bring to it. And if they don’t like it and they want it to be different, I suppose they could go make their own movie."

I think that he was, just, screwin' around when he said that. :p

Glad he said it, and I'm sure he was completely serious. Making the best possible movie comes first, not sacrificing quality to make a character exactly like they are in the comics.

Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

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ckal wrote:
Boy October wrote:

"You just do it the way it is on the page and then you bring to it what you can bring to it. And if they don’t like it and they want it to be different, I suppose they could go make their own movie."

I think that he was, just, screwin' around when he said that. :p

Glad he said it, and I'm sure he was completely serious. Making the best possible movie comes first, not sacrificing quality to make a character exactly like they are in the comics.

Exactly. Plus, he's playing a civilian scientist. No costume, no voice reference. Nothing to go off of except for a few comic panels in a few origin stories. But you KNOW there will be people who find a way to complain about it. Even though an actor like Tucci is way above what that minor role could have used.

greenlanternfury

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Pietro Filipponi wrote:
ckal wrote:
Boy October wrote:

"You just do it the way it is on the page and then you bring to it what you can bring to it. And if they don’t like it and they want it to be different, I suppose they could go make their own movie."

I think that he was, just, screwin' around when he said that. :p

Glad he said it, and I'm sure he was completely serious. Making the best possible movie comes first, not sacrificing quality to make a character exactly like they are in the comics.

Exactly. Plus, he's playing a civilian scientist. No costume, no voice reference. Nothing to go off of except for a few comic panels in a few origin stories. But you KNOW there will be people who find a way to complain about it. Even though an actor like Tucci is way above what that minor role could have used.

Yeah but there WILL be some few or an hand full of jerks giving the thumbs down on Stanley Tucci portrayal of Dr. Abraham Erskine, whining about "He looks nothing like he did in the comic! Why he's not wearing a mustache??" Just like Thor and Helmet-Gate or Captain America and Wing-Gate.

Interesting John  |  Web Developer

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Haha, Helmet Gate and Wing Gate... epic awesomesauce right there. That's whole-grain goodness.