Despite being hit or miss with audiences, I rather enjoyed Captain America: The first Avenger last year. Chris Evans may have had the personality of a parliamentary debate within it, but all the other factors gelled nicely, with Hugo Weaving putting in a great performance as the Red Skull.
Bad things happened to the Skull at the end of that film, but as in all comic book movies, the chance for Weaving to return to antagonise the world around him, is always there. Except Weaving doesn’t exactly want to go through all that again.
You’d think that would be a problem for the actor, seeing as how he signed a multi-picture deal, but the man is smart enough to know when to honour his contracts.
As he said to Collider while promoting the upcoming Wachowski Starship directed Cloud Atlas;
I [signed a multi-picture deal] for Captain America. I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. They might for The Avengers, but I didn’t think I’d be in Captain America 2 or 3. I don’t think Red Skull will be there. And it’s not something I would want to do again. I’m glad I did it.
I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to. I think I’ve done my dash with that sort of film. It was good to do it and try it out, but to be honest, it’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by.
As an actor, to do all sorts of different films is great. It stretches you in different ways. But, I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.
I’m not too phased by this truth be told. If Marvel wants to use the Red Skull again, then get a new actor to take over the part, because there’s nothing worse than a thespian who doesn’t bring any energy or enthusiasm to the role, something which can be seen on screen.
There’s plenty of big bads out there for years to come though, so I doubt we’ll be seeing Herr Skull pouting in a corner, and shouting NEIN whenever the director calls for some action.