More and more it seems like the superhero blockbuster machine keeps tapping the same actors for projects — apparently, once you’ve set foot into a spandex super suit, it’s hard to get out. Or so, that’s what the moderator at the Incredibles 2 press junket in Los Angeles on Thursday observed when talking to actor Samuel L. Jackson, who famously portrayed hero Frozone 14 years ago in the original Incredibles before going on to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Nick Fury.
When asked if he could see the cyclical influence of superhero stories on one another — if the motif of family in The Incredibles spoke to the early Marvel films and if the same family motif in Marvel films were speaking to Incredibles 2 — Jackson had some choice words to share about his role in the live action super-world.
He laughed, joking, “As I remember, that whole family kind of fell out in [Avengers: Infinity War], which, I mean, it happens! It’s because nobody called me to make ’em be good. I brought all of these people into S.H.I.E.L.D., and now all of a sudden, I’m not there! So, no, I can’t relate, I can’t relate [to family in the MCU].”
Jokes aside, he went on to praise the MCU’s advancement of the superhero genre. “It’s like they have this secret sauce. Sometimes on set I’ll look at the director like, ‘This guy’s only done a TV show, why is he here?’ Or, ‘This person’s only done serious dramas, why is he here?’ But there’s something that they know or they find that makes it work — and the relationships between the people on the inside of these films has always been very intimate and intricate.”
Before Jackson could wander too far down MCU memory lane, however, writer/director Brad Bird had to cut in. “When did this become an Infinity War junket?!” He laughed, pulling Jackson back to the task at hand.
Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 hits theaters June 15, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, and Catherine Keener.
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