Josh Brolin was stunned by the transformation Benicio Del Toro made from his role in drug thriller Sicario: Day of the Soldado to Avengers: Infinity War, because he was a completely different person.
The two actors reprised their roles as U.S. government special task force operatives in the new sequel to 2015’s Sicario, and as filming wrapped, they realised they were both heading to the set of the superhero blockbuster for their next project.
“We finished Sicario 2 and… it was maybe the last week (on set),” Josh recalled. “I go, ‘What are you doing after this?’ He goes, ‘I’m going to Atlanta.’ I go, ‘No way, so am I!’ I said, ‘What are you doing?’ He said, ‘I’m doing this thing, Avengers,’ I go, ‘No way, so am I!'”.
Brolin was cast as supervillain Thanos in the Marvel movie, while del Toro stepped back into character as his Guardians of the Galaxy alter ego, Taneleer Tivan, also known as The Collector, for Infinity War, and Josh was blown away by how different Benicio’s two onscreen personas were.
“Then you cut to us (onset)… this white haired guy (Tivan)… and he’s doing this kind of Tom Waits-ian thing, and I’m like, ‘Who is this?’,” Josh shared with breakfast show Good Morning America.
At one point in the latest Avengers sequel, Tivan is left terrified as he’s threatened by the giant Thanos, and Brolin was really tickled with how del Toro had to act.
“I was just with this other really cool guy a week ago (for Sicario: Day of the Soldado), and this guy’s freaking out below my big purple boot!,” he laughed. “Acting is a weird job…! One extreme to the next”.
Heaping praise on Benicio for his onscreen flexibility, Josh remarked, “He’s a genius, he’s an amazing, amazing actor”.