Hugo Weaving Doesn't Sound Too Keen on Playing Red Skull Again

October 15, 2012
Source: Collider

Red Skull

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?

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Christoph Waltz says hello...

Akira Money ♕ on Oct 15, 2012


Liam Neeson, he has skills.

knicksin6 on Oct 15, 2012


Not just skills... A "particular" set of skills.

Don't take me brah! on Oct 15, 2012


@28c33e1f7128cea18883ecc35349f145:disqus Spot on, spot on hahaha

JBrotsis on Oct 15, 2012


Precedent was set for changing out major character actors by putting Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk in the Avengers instead of Edward Norton, so why couldn't they change out Hugo Weaving? Seeing as how the tesseract is a gateway in time as well as space, you have an opening to use a younger actor as well. (Standard sci-fi backwards time jump crap). So how about Ryan Gosling? Red Skull in the comics is a physical perfect match of cap, why not go with someone that can pull off that sort of look like Chris Evans has?

Thexn on Oct 15, 2012


Why not have him older and go with Rutger Hauer?

Akirakorn on Oct 15, 2012


Oooh...I like that one.

Thexn on Oct 16, 2012


I vote for Danny De Vito. Or Joe Pesci. You can't mess with Joe Pesci.

Chippa on Oct 15, 2012


That would be a mini me version of red skull, lol.

BinaryChaos on Oct 15, 2012


Just make sure it's Joe Pesci before he has a Snickers.

The Douche on Oct 17, 2012


No ass is worth thinkin' that much about, I always say. Yes. New villain please. Hugo did incredible. Find someone else to be incredible too.

Quanah on Oct 15, 2012


Christopher Waltz? How about Christopher Walken?

Commenter on Oct 15, 2012


Hauer or Walken sound pretty good to me ....

Dominic A on Oct 16, 2012


"Captain.... America... I have a reich... and the only solution.. is.. more nazis"

lewinston on Oct 16, 2012


Cristoph Waltz? Because he's Germanic or because he's trending? Why not give an deserving actor that could use the spotlight? Til Schweiger could use a more leading role, and Madds Mikkelsen was great in Casino Royal and Clash of the Titans. And that's just actors from that region, and off the top of my head. Honestly, the look of the role is more important than the actor (sadly). Perhaps it's because they didn't dive into the character of the Red Skull but any great/good actor can do just fine. Look at how questionable (at first) the original casting was for all these Marvel characters, dating back to Brian Singer's X-Men and how well they've been brought to life.

Akirakorn on Oct 15, 2012


If part of the original paycheck involved possible future films and he signed the deal....

Steven on Oct 16, 2012


They should get Christian Slater, he's acting his ass off just now!

Carpola on Oct 16, 2012

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