Thanos’ Actor Unveils The Reason Why He Chose To Play The Mad Titan

The actor behind the Mad Titan himself reveals the reason he chose to being Thanos to life.
Josh Brolin pictured on the left and Brolin’s Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War on the right. Image via Disney/Marvel Studios

In the world of comic book movies every hero needs a good villain to further push the hero’s character development within the larger narrative. These movies, more times than not, depict a villain who are mirrored versions of the hero and much to the chagrin of fans, are usually gone before the character can ever distinguish themselves from other villains. Generally, this is a reoccurring problem within the genre, however there are certainly exceptions in where the villain triumphs the hero such as Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight, Darth Vader from Star Wars Saga, and more recently Josh Brolin’s Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Josh Brolin’s performance as the Mad Titan, Thanos, received universal praise after his character captivated fans with his complex, multilayered, and destructive performance. In a recent interview with cinematographer Roger Deakins on the Team Deakins Podcast, Brolin revealed the reason why he chose to take on the role of the Mad Titan.

“ I turned down quite a bit of those things and again people were like ‘money!’ When I said yes to Avengers it was a small thing. It was basically a cameo, so there was not a lot of money involved, so that wasn’t the reason. But when they game to me they gave me a big bible. I loved that it was all [of them]. If it had been one of the Avengers — and I don’t mean this, I probably shouldn’t say this but I’m just gonna say it — I probably wouldn’t have done it. But the fact that it was all the Avengers against this one guy. I liked that aspect of it.”

Josh Brolin on why he chose to accept the role of Thanos. Via the Team Deakins Podcast.

Despite the title of Avengers: Infinity Warthe film’s lead character isn’t Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, or any of the other Avengers fans have grown accustomed to protecting the world from all threats. From beginning to end, Joe and Anthony Russo’s remained adamant that their blockbuster belongs to the eight-foot intergalactic threat portrayed by Brolin.

Image via Disney / Marvel Studios.

Another interesting reveal from Brolin’s comments is that it appears that the plan to have Thanos facing the whole Avengers roster formulated early on at a Marvel Studios before casting Brolin’s, even though they weren’t entirely sure they’d follow through on those plans from the beginning. Thankfully, fans got to see the entirety of Brolin’s character arc from his first appearance in Marvel’s The Avengers post credit scenes all the way to seeing Thanos turn into dust after Tony Stark’s snap in Avengers: Endgame.

Brolin’s ability to exhibit genuine emotion behind a character that is hellbent on destroying half of the universe was met with universal praise amongst the Marvel faithful and critics alike. Nonetheless, while Thanos’ story might’ve reached its end, there’s certainly room for the character beyond what fans have seen on the big screen and fans certainly hope that the Mad Titan graces the MCU again in the near future.

You can check out the full the Josh Brolin (1:22:13) interview portion of Team Deakins Podcast below.

BILL BENNETT – Cinematographer Team Deakins

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 94 – BILL BENNETT – CINEMATOGRAPHER On this episode of the Team Deakins Podcast, cinematographer Bill Bennett speaks with us about the world of commercial filmmaking. Born into a family of engineers, Bill came to love art through his mother’s own development as an artist, and he quickly changed majors in college to pursue his passion. Finding his way to LA, Bill built sets for commercials for years until breaking his way into camera operating and eventually cinematography in the field. Bill reveals how commercial filmmakers transitioned from film to digital formats and of his involvement in the development of the Arriflex 435 camera, a major breakthrough at the time. Bill later reflects on the impact of the Arri Alexa camera on the design of digital cameras at large and on the moment a digital camera demonstrated its value as a viable replacement for film cameras to him on a car commercial shoot. Bill also shares plenty of advice for young filmmakers looking to enter the world of commercial production and what his own views are on what makes someone stand out from the crowd. Towards the end, we discuss how commercial filmmaking is changing with new technologies like artificial intelligence and volume lighting systems. – This episode is sponsored by Aputure
  1. BILL BENNETT – Cinematographer
  2. DANIEL KALUUYA – Actor
  3. DON BURGESS – Cinematographer
  4. LIZA BAMBENEK – 1st AC
  5. DENNIS MUREN – VFX Supervisor

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