James Spader Says Ultron is Psychopathic and Batsh*t Crazy in Avengers: Age of Ultron
After all of yesterday's Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked screenshots and leaked trailer madness, the titular villain in Joss Whedon's film is the talk of the town. Played by the brilliant James Spader, Ultron is going to be a superstar come May 2015, and, in an interview with Total Film the Blacklist actor has revealed what it's like playing a character that is hell bent on the destruction of mankind. Put simply, Spader says Ultron is "Batshit crazy", which quite frankly makes for a pretty exciting prospect!
"Ultron takes abrupt turns in scenes," Spader explained. "Red [Spader's character in Blacklist] isn't psychopathic but Ultron is. Yes, he is psychopathic. He's really batsh*t crazy!"
Indeed, that much is clearly visible in the snippets we see of Ultron in the teaser trailer [below], and when Spader was announced as the man to be playing the villainous robot, I instantly thought he would be absolutely perfect for the role. As he has displayed in past roles, Spader has an almost gleeful way of portraying villainy and his charisma will undoubtedly shine through in next year's Avengers sequel.
"There's a humorous aspect to him, which is something that drew me in from the very first conversation I had with Joss [Whedon]," Spader says. "In many ways he's a child, this character, because he's a brand new being who's just come to be. And yet, through artificial intelligence, he has an incredible capacity for knowledge. So he's a very powerful, smart child."
Avengers: Age of Ultron is released in theaters on May 1st 2015. Read the full synopsis below and check out the movie's first official poster, released by Marvel yesterday.
"When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron."
You can read the full interview with James Spader in the latest issue of Total Film.