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Biography: Scarlett Johansson

15 December 2011 Leave a comment

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett was born a in New York City in 1984, she has a twin brother 3 minutes younger than her as well as another brother and sister and is of Polish and Danish heritage.  She became interested in acting from an early age and took part in many plays.

Her on screen career started in 1994 when she was just 10 years old when and she soon rose to fame and critical acclaim for her portrayal of Grace MacLean in The Horse Whisperer. She quickly became a sought after actress receiving numerous awards and nominations for appearances in Lost in Translation and Girl with a Pearl Earring in 2003. More recently she has appeared in Iron Man 2 as the Black Widow and is rumoured to be attached to the sequel Iron Man 3, as well as starring in The Avengers.

Source: IMDB

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The Avengers “dis-assembled” with Entertainment Weekly

8 October 2011 Leave a comment

‘The Avengers’ dis-assembled! EXCLUSIVE cast portraits revealed

The whole fun

of The Avengers is seeing these characters joined together as one fighting force, but for now Marvel Studios has unveiled solo portraits of the six superheroes.

Read more about the May 4, 2012, movie in this week’s issue of EW, on stands tomorrow. But in the meantime, here’s a little online exclusive with the actors discussing their high-powered alter-egos and working

with writer-director Joss Whedon (the geek demi-god who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly.)

BLACK WIDOW: “The other day we were doing this big reveal shot of all the Avengers. Thor has got his hammer, Cap’s got his shield, Hawkeye has his bow and arrow, and Hulk is huge. Then it pans over to me and I’ve got guns. Iron Man’s like, hovering above all of us, ready to go,” says Scarlett Johansson. “I was like, ‘Joss… um… do I look okay holding these guns?’” Whedon’s response reassured her: “She’s a total badass. She’s a killing machine.”

IRON MAN: What were Robert Downey Jr.’s first meetings like with Whedon when the script was being developed? “Well, I said, ‘I need to be in the opening sequence. I don’t know what you’re thinking, but Tony needs to drive this thing.’ He was like, ‘Okay, let’s try that.’ We tried it and it didn’t work, because this is a different sort of thing, the story and the idea and the theme is the theme, and everybody is just an arm of the octopus. But what was I like?” He laughs. “As usual, just f—ing aggressive and hurtful; whatever. The usual.”

CAPTAIN AMERICA: Chris Evans says the Steve Rogers we see in The Avengers is a much darker, more cynical version after awakening for the first time since World War II. “It’s just about him trying to come to terms with the modern world. You’ve got to imagine, it’s enough of a shock to accept the fact that you’re in a completely different time, but everybody you know is dead. Everybody you cared about,” Evans says. “He was a soldier, obviously, everybody he went to battle with, all of his brothers in arms, they’re all dead. He’s just lonely. I think in the beginning it’s a fish out of water scene, and it’s tough. It’s a tough pill for him to swallow. Then comes trying to find a balance with the modern world.”

THE INCREDIBLE HULK:  Mark Ruffalo says his Bruce Banner really wants to join The Avengers, but because of his past and the group’s sort of overall fear of him, he’s the outcast among outcasts. “He’s the most mild-mannered guy, but a total loose cannon. No one wants to set him off except for Iron Man, except for Downey, who just wants to see him pop,” Ruffalo laughs. “It’s funny, there’s a really cool dynamic between Tony Stark and Banner. Banner actually enjoys it, and finds it really refreshing. They’re a lot alike in a strange way. They’re both these kind of scientists who are mavericks, kind of renegades. Banner, for all his mild-mannered mythology, he’s still the dude who was testing some pretty crazy s–t on himself, so he has that rebel streak in him.”

THOR: Chris Hemsworth says his hammer-pounding god is not just once again fighting Loki, his villainous brother from Asgard, but also secretly trying to protect him. “I think [Thor’s] motivation is much more of a personal one, in the sense that it’s his brother that is stirring things up. Whereas everyone else, it’s some bad guy who they’ve gotta take down. It’s a different approach for me, or for Thor. He’s constantly having to battle the greater good and what he should do vs. … it’s his little brother there,” the actor says. “I’ve been frustrated with my brothers at times, or family, but I’m the only one who is allowed to be angry at them. There’s a bit of that.”

HAWKEYE: Like Black Widow, he’s one of the only regular humans in The Avengers, which gives him a working-class-superhero pride. “The only sort of thing I cling to is the relationship of past experiences with Scarlett’s character, with them both being human. I can cling to that,” says Jeremy Renner. But there’s no insecurity. “Quite the opposite,” the actor says. “He’s the only one who can really take down The Hulk with his tranq tip arrows. He knows his limitations. But when it comes down to it, there has to be a sense of confidence in any superhero.”

Original Interview at Entertaiment Weekly

Scarlett Johansson Praises Joss Whedon in MTV Interview

25 August 2011 Leave a comment

Aug 22 2011

‘Avengers’ Star Scarlett Johansson Praises ‘Fanboy’ Joss Whedon

Actress tells MTV News she thinks director of next year’s ensemble flick will ‘protect the franchise.’

By Terri Schwartz, with reporting by Kara Warner (@karawarner)

While we have yet to see anywhere near enough “Avengers” footage to get a sense of what direction Joss Whedon is taking the ensemble superhero flick, if leading lady Scarlett Johansson is to be believed, it will be unlike any of the previous Marvel films.

The cast of “The Avengers” assembled at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, on Saturday to unveil new scenes from the comic book movie, and after a panel presentation, MTV News caught up with Johansson and co-star Jeremy Renner. The actress explained how Whedon has set himself apart from the series’ previous directors.

“Joss is a fanboy,” Johansson said with a chuckle. “I think that Joss is going to protect the franchise by staying true to the characters’ integrity.”

The “Iron Man 2” star had only worked with Jon Favreau on that Marvel film, but that experience was enough to underscore for her that Whedon is taking a unique approach to “The Avengers.”

“I think Jon Favreau is such a different director from Joss Whedon,” Johansson added. “The flavor is different, their fingerprints are different; they just have a different way of storytelling — same with Ken Branagh.”

“Avengers” castmembers have remained mostly mum about the movie’s story line, talking primarily only about the tease revealed at the end of “Captain America: The First Avenger.” But over the weekend at D23, two new scenes were revealed. Still, when asked about her favorite scene to shoot, Johansson said it was the big ensemble sequence seen in that first “Avengers” teaser.

“I do think one of my favorite moments is when we all assembled together. That was kind of amazing, when all of us were there,” she said. “It’s extremely surreal. It’s strange.”

“Thor” leading man Chris Hemsworth had the same pick as Johansson when we spoke to him at D23. “One of our first days was the whole assembly. That was pretty crazy,” he said. “Not only meeting Robert Downey and Scarlett and whatever, but it was meeting Iron Man and Black Widow and the Hulk. It’s exciting.”

Original interview at MTV

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