As you may recall, the end of August brought the first official casting news concerning The Avengers: Age of Ultron—specifically, that actor James Spader would be playing the mega-villain robot Ultron (at this point it’s unclear if Spader will be simply providing a voice for Ultron, or will be involved in some kind of motion-capture performance as well). And now Joss Whedon, official overlord of all things Geek-Cool and Marvel, has spoken out about why Spader was cast.
So, how and why did James Spader, best known for sleazier turns in films like Less Than Zero, Sex, Lies and Videotape, and Crash, as well as in TV series such as Boston Legal and much-maligned eighth season of The Office, get selected to portray the evil robot villain with artificial intelligence in the sequel to one of the most financially successful films in human history? Whedon explains:
“Spader was my first and only choice. He’s got that hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling, but he’s also very human and humorous. Ultron is not Hal. Spader can play all of the levels. He’s the guy to break The Avengers into pieces. Muwahaha.”
Pretty simple—Spader can be creepy as all hell with his icy monotone and blank, vacuous stare of emptiness. Add to that he’s an accomplished actor (and rather funny), and he fits rather well into the Whedonverse, no?
What do you think of Whedon’s comments?