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Aaron Taylor-Johnson wasn't always sold on playing Quicksilver in Avengers 2

05.06.2014

Aaron Taylor-Johnson previously shared his excitement at the prospect of playing Quicksilver in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON last year before the official announcement that he was cast in Joss Whedon's mega-sequel. Now, with filming underway and some spy photos showcasing the British actor in his costume alongside his on screen twin played by Elizabeth Olsen, Taylor-Johnson has shared some info about what almost kept him from taking on the character.

In an interview with I Am Rogue, the star shared a conversation he had with Whedon before Taylor-Johnson began shooting GODZILLA.

"He said to me, 'Do you want to be in AVENGERS 2? There is a super hero I’m thinking of for you.' The thing for me was for him, 'Why add any more super heroes to this thing?' He said, 'No, there are these two characters that I want to bring in to like f*ck with the Avengers and not be just an add on.' He told me a little bit about the writing and I said that the only reason I would want to do it is if it is a character that can still stand out."

"You know, you’ve got five of the most awesome super heroes, ten I suppose, there are about ten Avengers now, and they are all movie stars. You’ve got such a huge cast, what the hell difference is it going to make if I come on the scene? So it was the character and that took about a year of going back and forth about it. It took a while but I’m super happy to be in that one."

From what we can gather from the post-credits scene in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are going to start under the control/influence of HYDRA and Baron Von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) before joining up with The Avengers. This will allow for some in-fighting amongst the new characters and the existing super hero squad before moving into a more unified effort versus Ultron.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are teaming up this summer in GODZILLA where they play husband and wife before playing siblings in next year's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. There must be some kind of chemistry there that made them so desirable for the roles. It also begs the question if they will be phasing out any older Avengers for future sequels in favor of this duo.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit screens on May 1, 2015.

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6:52PM on 05/06/2014
I find it refreshing that he approached the project with such integrity and his focus was on the character and story rather than just blindly jumping on board because it was The Avengers.
I find it refreshing that he approached the project with such integrity and his focus was on the character and story rather than just blindly jumping on board because it was The Avengers.
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12:01AM on 05/07/2014
If you really think this version of Quicksilver is any better looking than the one from DOFP, you really need to take off your Marvel biased glasses. Both haven't looked looked good in stills and I'm not gonna judge either looks until I see them in action, but how can anyone ignore the bad hair dye job and wetsuit look that Taylor-Johnson is sporting?
If you really think this version of Quicksilver is any better looking than the one from DOFP, you really need to take off your Marvel biased glasses. Both haven't looked looked good in stills and I'm not gonna judge either looks until I see them in action, but how can anyone ignore the bad hair dye job and wetsuit look that Taylor-Johnson is sporting?
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12:58AM on 05/07/2014
my feelings exactly. im excited to see both and i think both actors are fantastic. however im gunning more for evan peters just cause ive loved him on american horror story.
my feelings exactly. im excited to see both and i think both actors are fantastic. however im gunning more for evan peters just cause ive loved him on american horror story.
8:33AM on 05/07/2014
Agreed - wouldn't say either film has done a fantastic job of portraying this character yet. Having said that, I think we've seen the look of Quicksilver from DOFP more conclusively than we have from the Avengers-verse. Taylor-Johnson could still get an decent outfit and sort his hair out in later scenes or future appearances. But yeah, he does look oddly surfer in these early shots.
Agreed - wouldn't say either film has done a fantastic job of portraying this character yet. Having said that, I think we've seen the look of Quicksilver from DOFP more conclusively than we have from the Avengers-verse. Taylor-Johnson could still get an decent outfit and sort his hair out in later scenes or future appearances. But yeah, he does look oddly surfer in these early shots.
4:29PM on 05/08/2014
You might be pleasantly surprised by the DoFP version... But you didn't hear it from me
(I'm not supposed to taught about it before may 13th)...
You might be pleasantly surprised by the DoFP version... But you didn't hear it from me
(I'm not supposed to taught about it before may 13th)...
8:47PM on 05/06/2014
Love Whedon's description of the twins being brought in to "f**k with the Avengers".
Love Whedon's description of the twins being brought in to "f**k with the Avengers".
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6:29PM on 05/06/2014

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Fox and Marvel both hold the rights to Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. Not a dumb question :)
Fox and Marvel both hold the rights to Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. Not a dumb question :)
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7:33PM on 05/06/2014
Thanks for the reply.
Thanks for the reply.
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6:21PM on 05/06/2014
Don't crucify me fanboys...but I'm curious... isn't Quicksilver also in D.O.F.P.? If so, how is that possible? Who holds the rights to that character?
Don't crucify me fanboys...but I'm curious... isn't Quicksilver also in D.O.F.P.? If so, how is that possible? Who holds the rights to that character?
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8:08PM on 05/06/2014
They fall into the gray zone. Because they appeared as Avengers and as Mutants, both studios get to use them. However, since Magneto doesn't exist in the Avengers universe, they had to create a new origin for them (they are either born with powers or victims of Hydra's experiments with Loki's scepter.
They fall into the gray zone. Because they appeared as Avengers and as Mutants, both studios get to use them. However, since Magneto doesn't exist in the Avengers universe, they had to create a new origin for them (they are either born with powers or victims of Hydra's experiments with Loki's scepter.
4:33PM on 05/08/2014
Another strange thing is that they're twins in AoU, but he's the big brother in DoFP...
Another strange thing is that they're twins in AoU, but he's the big brother in DoFP...
7:27AM on 05/07/2014
Well, Mr. Johnson, you certainly looks better than the other Quicksilver over at Fox.
Well, Mr. Johnson, you certainly looks better than the other Quicksilver over at Fox.
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9:54AM on 05/07/2014
Quickhipster or Hipsilver?
Quickhipster or Hipsilver?
8:19PM on 05/06/2014
Taylor Johnson and Olsen are great casting for their respected characters and are going to bring much depth to an already brilliant cast of characters.

And I think Taylor Johnson is going to own the character so much more then Even Peters will in Days of Future Past.
Taylor Johnson and Olsen are great casting for their respected characters and are going to bring much depth to an already brilliant cast of characters.

And I think Taylor Johnson is going to own the character so much more then Even Peters will in Days of Future Past.
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6:50PM on 05/06/2014

I forgot they play husband and wife first...

That's...weird
That's...weird
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2:31AM on 05/07/2014

just the 10 of us

Did Johnson just confirm an appearance of falcon and war machine. 6+twins makes 8. Would not be a big deal except support heroes have not got their decoder rings yet.
Did Johnson just confirm an appearance of falcon and war machine. 6+twins makes 8. Would not be a big deal except support heroes have not got their decoder rings yet.
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1:13PM on 05/07/2014
Good lord I hope so. But he might just be including Fury + 1
Good lord I hope so. But he might just be including Fury + 1
7:10PM on 05/06/2014
Cant wait.

But mostly, GO GO BLACK AND GOLD!!!!!!
Cant wait.

But mostly, GO GO BLACK AND GOLD!!!!!!
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9:54AM on 05/07/2014
Elizabeth Olson's rack is reason enough to watch Avengers 2 & Godzilla.
Elizabeth Olson's rack is reason enough to watch Avengers 2 & Godzilla.
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6:56AM on 05/07/2014
It'll be interesting to see if he plays Pietro like in the comics. Pietro is arrogant and abrasive. Really an asshole.
It'll be interesting to see if he plays Pietro like in the comics. Pietro is arrogant and abrasive. Really an asshole.
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2:30AM on 05/07/2014

just the 10 of us

Did Johnson just confirm an appearance of falcon and war machine. 6+twins makes 8. Would not be a big deal except support heroes have not got their decoder rings yet.
Did Johnson just confirm an appearance of falcon and war machine. 6+twins makes 8. Would not be a big deal except support heroes have not got their decoder rings yet.
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12:10PM on 05/07/2014
I used to watch that show.
I used to watch that show.
9:10PM on 05/06/2014

I just realized

That Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Johnson are siblings in the Avengers 2 and Ssigbling (maybe married?) in Gozilla
lol
That Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Johnson are siblings in the Avengers 2 and Ssigbling (maybe married?) in Gozilla
lol
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7:28AM on 05/07/2014
Well if this is really how it went down for him to play Quicksilver, he'll fit perfectly for an arrogant character like Quicksilver.
Well if this is really how it went down for him to play Quicksilver, he'll fit perfectly for an arrogant character like Quicksilver.
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10:23PM on 05/06/2014
If I could comment solely on appearances, Taylor-Johnson looks LIGHT YEARS better than the kid in X-Men. Of course, he's kind of a stud to begin with...but wow, much improved.
If I could comment solely on appearances, Taylor-Johnson looks LIGHT YEARS better than the kid in X-Men. Of course, he's kind of a stud to begin with...but wow, much improved.
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9:56AM on 05/07/2014
I think that's my old shirt I gave to Goodwill. Is this version of Quicksilver homeless? Makes the Xmen Quicksilver look a lot better than I previously thought.
I think that's my old shirt I gave to Goodwill. Is this version of Quicksilver homeless? Makes the Xmen Quicksilver look a lot better than I previously thought.
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6:52PM on 05/06/2014

Just shut your mouth dude

Dude you want to be in the Avengers 2? Nah I got better things to do with my time than be in your 2 bit basement play asshole. If someone asks you to be in the Avengers 2 and your trying to become a bigger star......you say fuck yes and do I owe you a blow job. Just sayin......
Dude you want to be in the Avengers 2? Nah I got better things to do with my time than be in your 2 bit basement play asshole. If someone asks you to be in the Avengers 2 and your trying to become a bigger star......you say fuck yes and do I owe you a blow job. Just sayin......
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7:02PM on 05/06/2014
Yup, but remember a lot of actors are living in their own little world that only revolves around them, that's why they have a team of ppl to guide them to make the right choices.

In all honesty it's not like Renner's stock went up after The Avengers.
Yup, but remember a lot of actors are living in their own little world that only revolves around them, that's why they have a team of ppl to guide them to make the right choices.

In all honesty it's not like Renner's stock went up after The Avengers.
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