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‘Captain Marvel’ Interview: Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg On Using De-Aging Tech To Play Young Nick Fury and Phil Coulson
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Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Captain Marvel

Set in the 1990s and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), who arrives on the planet Earth after engaging in a fight against the Skrulls. Separated from her team, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) will help Carol find the answers she is looking for and help prevent the war between the Kree and the Skrulls from reaching their planet.

We were recently invited to sit down with our fellow journalists to talk to the cast and crew of Captain Marvel. There, both Jackson and Gregg talked about working with de-aging film technology, what it took to convince them to return, and what piece of ’90s nostalgia they would like to see make a comeback. Check out what the two had to say below.

Jackson described this never before seen until now Nick Fury as a kinder, gentler, not so cynical, world-weary, chip on his shoulder Nick Fury, who hasn’t met anyone from another universe just yet. “He sort of looking at the crazy lady to try to figure out why she thinks she’s an alien and what all of that means,” Jackson said. “That’s kind of fun not to be the all-knowing, you know, angry persuader that Nick Fury always is. Even more refreshing to have two eyes so that I don’t have to cover one eye.”

For Gregg, it didn’t take much to convince him to come back. “They said, ‘hey, listen, do you want to come back? It’s the ’90s, cool soundtrack, Ryan [Fleck] and Anna [Boden], little origins buddy stuff with Sam [L. Jackson], and they are going to give you more hair and make you look younger, oh, and Brie Larson is going to be Captain Marvel,” Gregg recalled. “And I was like, ‘Okay, where do I go?'”

“It superseded that in every way,” Gregg added. “It was so incredibly fun to do.”

Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson in Captain Marvel

But since the film takes place in the ’90s, directors Boden and Fleck would need to use the same technology on Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War to make Nick Fury and Phil Coulson younger. However, the de-aging process doesn’t sound nearly as complex as it should. In fact, Jackson says there wasn’t much to it. “They put the wig on me and a bunch of dots on my face, so I felt like I was in Wakanda,” Jackson said. “They started exploring different things that I have done before so they can use facial expressions that were already there. Fortunately, I have done three movies before this one, so they have stuff to refer to. So it was cool. Just me and dots on my face and having fun with Brie.”

“Well the technology is spectacular and we have done it in a number of films and I think this represents the peak,” Feige added. “However, the two people who are up here that we did do it to, Sam Jackson and Clark Gregg, are the two human beings on Earth who don’t need it. I urge you to Google them in 1995 and it is almost identical. So we saved a lot of money.”

With Captain Marvel being set in the ’90s, the two talked about what they would bring back from that era. For Jackson, it would be LaserDiscs. Something which Larson said he was “very passionate about.” As for Gregg, he would like MTV to bring back classic music videos.

Captain Marvel will open in theaters on March 8, 2019. Click here for trailers, additional interviews, and more.

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