For some fans, one of the best parts of 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” was Hugo Weaving’s villainous turn as the Red Skull. If you enjoyed his performance, then you will be happy to know that he enjoyed playing the skull-faced Hydra leader too. Speaking with Yahoo Movies, Weaving admitted he had a great time going all out as the Red Skull:
“I thought it would be a lot of fun to play a classic über-Nazi, someone who thought Hitler was a pussy!” Weaving noted that playing up the accent was particularly enjoyable, and the mask, while a bit uncomfortable, was pretty sweet. “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.”
He then revealed some of his acting secrets. This wasn’t the first time he’s had to work with a mask, and he’s perfected a subtle artistry when it comes to covering up. “I enjoy mask work,” said Weaving. “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.”
The actor even touched on the simplicity, and difficulty, of working within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “With Marvel, it’s pretty basic stuff: accept the deal and enjoy the ride,” said Weaving. “It’s not a major stretch for an actor, but on the other hand the difficulty with the Marvel universe is maintaining a link to a human dimension within such an extraordinary, technological CGI universe.”
As far as Weaving reprising his role as Red Skull, he’s still not certain. “In terms of me going back and doing another one, I don’t know. I’m not sure what they’re up to with the Red Skull.” It sounds like he’s softened his stance a little bit from 2012 when he last commented on the part. Back then Weaving rather definitively said playing Red Skull is “not something I would want to do again.”
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