Captain America

Hugo Weaving Reveals What He Loved About Playing Red Skull In ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

The Marvel Cinematic Universe tends to be weighted heavily in favor of its heroes as opposed to its villains, but there have been a few bad guys that have been able to make lasting impressions.

In particular, fans seem to have a fondness for Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving in Captain America: The First Avenger. Weaving has gone on record in the past stating that he has no interest in playing the character again, nor does he think there’s even a place for him in future movies to begin with. However, in a recent interview with Yahoo!, Weaving revealed that he actually enjoyed his time with the character, mostly because he got to wear a really cool mask:

“I thought it would be a lot of fun to play a classic über-Nazi, someone who thought Hitler was a p***y! [Laughs] It was fun to play; I enjoyed the outrageousness of the German accent that I employed and I enjoyed the extraordinary mask and costume, even though it was unbelievably hot inside it. I enjoy mask work; I enjoy trying to animate masks and reveal certain things that the mask itself might not reveal. V for Vendetta was another example of that, but there was less animation within that mask versus the Red Skull.” 

Red Skull is one of the few villains featured in the MCU so far that we arguably didn’t get to see enough of, as The First Avenger was primarily focused on establishing Cap’s backstory and doing setup work for The Avengers (not that there’s anything wrong with that). At this point, it seems unlikely that we’ll get to see Red Skull again — Weaving’s stance probably hasn’t changed (though his comments here make it sound like he could be open to returning) and the MCU has come so far in the last five years that it would feel weird to bring back a villain after so long — but at least we’ll always have Weaving’s great performance in The First Avenger.

Although, if Marvel wants to bring Red Skull back for Infinity War, that’s fine by us!

(Via: Yahoo!, LRM)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)