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Olsen, Taylor-Johnson say joining "Avengers" cast was "daunting"

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 01:27

New additions to the Avengers cast Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Paul Bettany reflect on joining the superhero franchise. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson make their debuts in superhero blockbuster "The Avengers" sequel but the two actors said joining a star-studded line-up to play the world's mightiest was "daunting". The two young actors, who were both cast in 2014's "Godzilla" reunite in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" to play siblings Wanda Maximoff/the Scarlet Witch and Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver. They star alongside an already established "The Avengers" cast of Robert Downey Jr (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor). "It's super surreal and very overwhelming and kind of daunting stepping onto that set but luckily we'd recently done a movie together and I think it helped a lot to have a partner in crime," Taylor-Johnson told Reuters. "Besides the personalities being daunting because they're all such amazing actors, it's also daunting to step on and learn about how you're going to portray these characters when it's all second nature to them now," Olsen added. "The Avengers" was the fastest film to pass the $1 billion mark in box office takings when it was released in 2012. The sequel, which had its European premiere in London on Tuesday (April 21), sees Tony Stark try to jumpstart a peacekeeping programme but things go wrong and the superheroes have to stop the villainous Ultron's destructive plans. The Scarlet Witch is one of the most powerful Marvel comics characters, known for her thought-altering magical powers. Asked about how she built up the character, Olsen said: "I started with just the comic book. You start small and that's two dimensional and you have the script and afterwards you create their back story. "You start to understand their relationships and sometimes it's when you finish the movie, you're like 'oh. Now I understand her'." Actor Paul Bettany has been a part of the Marvel Universe from the offset, as the voice of Tony Stark's trusty sidekick JARVIS back in 2008's 'Iron Man'. Now Bettany finds himself with a body, joining the Avengers team as the purple-skinned android The Vision. He told Reuters that to achieve the look took three hours of makeup and costume. "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens in UK cinemas on Friday April 24 and on May 1 in the U.S.

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Olsen, Taylor-Johnson say joining "Avengers" cast was "daunting"

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 01:27