Marvel Studio’s Avengers: Infinity War is a huge film featuring a lot of A-list actors including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin and many more. So, definitely scheduling and shooting with all the actors wasn’t an easy task for the filmmakers as the actors had other projects to work on too.
Recently, during an interview with Radio Times, actor Benedict Cumberbatch revealed that Josh Brolin who portrays Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War was not present during the filming of a lot of scenes featuring Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange and Brolin’s Thanos. He was replaced by a stand-in who did a lot of the motion capture work.
“They used a stand-in for Josh,” Cumberbatch said. “Josh wasn’t in there for much, he did his bit and then a lot of stuff with a lot of us and him was missing because, I guess, he was doing Deadpool 2 and I was doing Melrose and The Current War. But we made it work. It’s often the case you can act with other actors anyways, in certain scenarios because of the amount of additional stuff you have to fit in with the environment or the magic or whatever it is that’s coming out of your hands or your ass.”
Notably, the absence of actors doesn’t have any negative impact on Avengers: Infinity War’s quality as a lot of CG work was put in to make sure that the scenes turn out as required. Even Thanos’ CGI was better received by fans in later trailers. However, the actor said that there are a lot of scenes that shows all the actors together.
“I don’t feel robbed of the opportunity, and there’s plenty of footage showing there’s definitely all of us there,” the actor added.
When Cumberbatch was asked about the possibilities of Doctor Strange 2, he answered, “I know the latest is that I might not make it out of this film alive. It’s only the end of the first film, if I’m right, ‘Doctor Strange will be back.’ I have been back, in Thor: Ragnarok and obviously in this film, so there’s nothing to say, either contractually or otherwise, that he’s coming back again.”
To find out if Doctor Strange will be able to make it out of the movie alive, don’t forget to watch Avengers: Infinity War in theatres starting April 27th.
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