Hugo Weaving was arguably one of the best things about Joe Johnston‘s boring and painfully characterless Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans filled the shoes fine, but the character is just too good for my tastes and I cannot say that I’m looking forward to the second film, despite the possibility of it being much better than Johnston’s period piece.
I was kind of curious to see where that would leave Weaving’s character Red Skull, because he pretty much disappeared without a trace at the end and he hasn’t been mentioned since. Weaving went on to tell Collider that he’d rather not continuing playing the character, if he had a choice:
I think I’ve done my dash with that sort of film. It was good to do it and try it out, but to be honest, it’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by. As an actor, to do all sorts of different films is great. It stretches you in different ways. But, I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.
He does note that he signed a contract to play in multiple films, but why would Disney/Marvel force him to do it if he really doesn’t want to? This is pretty much his smart and in-advance reply to those future critics that complain about his role for being phoned in or lacking interest:
I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to.
It sure is nice seeing an actor with some backbone. Weaving doesn’t want to play the role and instead of hiding behind nice ways of revealing that, he simply comes out and says it loud and clear. Hopefully they don’t force him into it, because that would be a waste of time and talent.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens on April 4th, 2014.