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Nocturnal Animals: Aaron Taylor-Johnson on his creepy role in Tom Ford’s dark thriller

While preparing Nocturnal Animals, his second film as a director, Tom Ford was having dinner one night with the photographer and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson and her husband, Aaron. “I’ve known Sam for years and she’s a dear friend of mine,” Ford tells EW. “And on this particular night when we were having dinner, Aaron was telling a story and I can’t even remember what it was about because I was looking at him and thinking.”

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Quicksilver vs. Quicksilver: How Avengers and X-Men introduced the same character differently

For reasons that are impossible to explain logically, Quicksilver has appeared in two of the biggest movies of the decade. Evan Peters was Quicksilver in last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, while Aaron Taylor-Johnson is Quicksilver in this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. (Pause to imagine the dark future where every attractive young actor has to play Quicksilver. Jai Courtney is Quicksilver in Fantastic Four: Wolverine Rising. Liam Hemsworth is Quicksilver in Avengers: Infinity War Anthology—Warlock’s Revenge.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron: How losing control made Quicksilver matter

Sometimes it’s better when things don’t go smoothly. Sometimes, what you need is to be frantic and out-of-control.

That was what Aaron Taylor-Johnson needed to make the ultra-fast superbeing Quicksilver fit into the Marvel universe in Avengers: Age of Ultron. As half of the Maximoff twins, seeking revenge on Tony Stark for his decades of arms manufacturing, Quicksilver has devoted his life to protecting his sister, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch.

Both owe their aberrant abilities (don’t call them “mutants,” unless you want to invite a super-powered lawsuit) to HYDRA experiments that gave her metaphysical forcefulness and allowed him to become faster than the blink of an eye. But in a movie packed with heroes and villains, Taylor-Johnson says he had his doubts about how Quicksilver would matter – and about how to make “running fast” seem like a cool power.

Adding to the angst, this interview from the set of Age of Ultron took place just as X-Men: Days of Future past opened last spring, giving moviegoers a first-impression of Quicksilver (portrayed by Evan Peters.) 

Taylor-Johnson was candid about trying to make the character fresh and relevant, and he said the most important thing he discovered was that making Quicksilver’s speed efficient and purposeful was the fastest way to make him boring.

Losing control was much more interesting …

 

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Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor face off with Ultron in new Age of Ultron clip

If it wasn’t clear enough already, this new clip The Avengers: Age of Ultron proves that one of this summer’s biggest blockbusters is actually just a family drama… with a lot of explosions.

Marvel unveiled a new scene from the film, which has been glimpsed in previous trailers. (If you don’t want to know anything about the film, turn back now. Spoilers ahead.)

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Watch new Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man footage... courtesy of Audi

When you think of cars and blockbuster movies out this year, Furious 7 is what obviously comes to mind. Audi, however, is hoping viewers will associate two other action films with its cars: The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. And the company is willing to offer up some new footage to do it.

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