Hugo Weaving Doesn't Sound Too Keen on Playing Red Skull Again
With Cloud Atlas just over a week away, the stars of the ambitious, generation spanning film from the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer are making the publicity rounds. Hugo Weaving is having a big end to his year with turns in the epic adaptation of David Mitchell's book and Peter Jackson's trilogy take on The Hobbit. Recently, Collider caught up with the star of other big trilogies such as Transformers and The Matrix and he had some distressing words for fans who might be looking forward to him returning as the Captain America villain Red Skull at some point in Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe. Read on!
Here's what Weaving had to say about potentially reprising the character:
"I did that for Captain America. I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. They might for 'The Avengers', but I didn’t think I’d be in Captain America 2 or 3. I don’t think Red Skull will be there.
And it’s not something I would want to do again. I’m glad I did it. 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. 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."
Weaving is usually right when it comes to villains returning in individual franchises. But considering Red Skull didn't actually die at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, it wouldn't be out of the question for him to return. Plus, considering he was sucked into space in the film's climax, and that's exactly where Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe seems to be going, the return of Red Skull really seemed less like an "if" and more like a "when." However, if Weaving isn't too keen, maybe Marvel will keep him out of the running. Of course, as Weaving says, he's contractually obligated to do it if he should be called upon. The right paycheck could change his enthusiasm, but I can definitely understand him being jaded with blockbusters after the run he's had. The question is, who would be a good replacement if such action was necessary? My vote goes to Christoph Waltz. What do you think?