“Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve traveled over half of the Marvel Universe to be here tonight. I couldn’t get away sooner because I am a robot and my robot voice wasn’t sounding the best and I had to see about it. My robot voice is now sounding at two thousand James Spaders and it’s paying me an income of five thousand robot-bucks a week. [Ed. Note: There was never even a thread to be lost, so you can’t say that I’ve lost it.] You might know my robot voice from its somewhat recent stint on The Office, and also from Pretty In Pink. So, ladies and gentlemen — If I say I’m an Ultron man, you will agree.” – James Spader! From Entertainment Weekly:
James Spader has signed on to play the villain in writer-director Joss Whedon’s upcoming superhero sequel, Marvel announced today. The film is set to open May 1, 2015.
Marvel’s announcement didn’t specify whether the three-time Emmy winner Spader (Boston Legal, The Practice) will perform motion-capture to play the mechanical being (as Mark Ruffalo does for his scenes as The Hulk), or simply provide the character’s voice.
Smart money says Spader’s commitment won’t be too intense. He’s starring in the NBC series The Blacklist this Fall, as an ex-government fugitive now helping the FBI track down the world’s most wanted criminals. That probably won’t give him a lot of time to go galavanting in a robot suit.
Okay. Is James Spader the Ultron you’ve always dreamed of? Obviously I don’t know anything about any of it, I opened the post with a quote from There Will Be Blood, but it seems fine to me! James Spader FOR SURE has a voice. Now that I mention it though, maybe it would be better if he could do Ultron with a Daniel Plainview impression? I know actors have to make their own choices or whatever, but if I were Joss Whedon that would be something I’d be pretty strict about. “It has to be done in a perfect Daniel Plainview impression.” You don’t want to get Daniel Day-Lewis because first of all he wouldn’t do it and second of all you don’t want it to be exact — this is Avengers: Age of Ultron, after all, NOT There Will Be Blood, but you do want it to be pretty close! “I’VE ABANDONED MY THE AVENGERS! I’VE ABANDONED MY ROOOBOTS!”