The recent Bullet Train co-star of Brad Pitt, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is also well-known for his Quicksilver appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is recognized as one of the best performers working today, and his acting skills have won the hearts of the audience. His attractive looks are a bonus.

With Sony’s Kraven the Hunter, a superhero movie that is set in the Spider-Man universe, the actor is getting ready to return to the genre. The first images of the actor as Kraven the Hunter are making the rounds among those eagerly awaiting the film’s release. However, Taylor-Johnson recently discussed that he did not care much about the big franchise movies in an interview. Let’s find out more.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen

“You felt like you were being sold”: Aaron Taylor-Johnson on refusing to be what people wanted him to be

Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson who will appear in Kraven the Hunter, during his interview with Esquire spoke about his appearance in 2003’s Shanghai Knights starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, which was the sequel to Shanghai Noon. Taylor-Johnson, who was just 12- years old at the time, played Charlie Chaplin in the movie.

He was a streetwise pickpocket who finds himself involved in the adventures of Chan and Wilson when he steals some money from them. Talking about working with Jackie Chan, who would show up to the set in the morning with his stunt team and figure out then and there which chandelier he would like to swing from, the actor said,

Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Kraven the Hunter
Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Kraven the Hunter

“He was daring and fearlessly pushing boundaries. People don’t do things, because they’re too afraid of looking like a fool—and that cuts off so much creativity.” Aaron Taylor’s success after the Shanghai Knights grew as people wanted to meet him and he said he was pushed in front of agents and managers.

“The whole f**king Disney lot. Here’s your path. You can be a f**king—“ before admitting that he was honest with his parents that he didn’t want to stop acting but wanted to stay away from how the people of L.A. wanted him to be. He added, “I think I smelt the bullsh-t. You felt like you were being sold. I went, ‘This ain’t for me. This is smoke up my ass.’ ”

The actor revealed that over time he has learned how to trust those instincts and he is constantly trying to fine-tune what is right for him and not care about what people think about him.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson on rejecting huge franchise offers to spend time with kids

The actor who played the role of Quicksilver in the Marvel Cinematic Universe revealed during the interview that he has turned down big, huge franchises after he established himself as an actor in the industry with roles in prominent movies. He said,

“There was ‘Kick-A-s’ and then there was ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Avengers,’ and all those things lined up for me. But I didn’t really care for them…[I was up for movies] that nobody knows about—big, huge franchises that were in play. [But] I wanted, purely, to be with my babies. I didn’t want to be taken away from them. I battled with what that would be like.”

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sam Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson wanted to spend time with his family

Taylor-Johnson also said that he did not slightly give a f**k about the movies that were offered to him at the time. The 32-year-old actor seems very invested in playing the iconic Spider-Man antagonist. Whereas Kick-Ass and Quicksilver were seen as rather reserved guys fighting for the average citizen.

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Can Aaron Taylor-Johnson return as Quicksilver in the MCU?

Fans have been curious if the actor could make a return to his most applauded character of Quicksilver, who wields superhuman speed and stamina, the ability to rapidly heal, and, using his speed, manipulate the forces of nature and time itself.

Especially when MCU’s Phase 4 has opened the possibility of the Multiverse, beginning with WandaVision, in which Evan Peters played Quicksilver and not Aaron Taylor-Johnson as people expected him to be. Peters plays a slightly more canonic version of Quicksilver in the X-Men universe. But it was also noted that his dying at the end of the movie seemed like a perfect arc for Wanda, whose character is centered on grief.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver
Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver

But reports later suggested that the actor had only signed onto play the character and brother of Wanda a.k.a Elizabeth Olsen because Marvel Studios’s Kevin Feige assured him that his character would die towards the end of the movie. Some fans also pointed out that they were disappointed that the MCU did not use Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as they could have convinced the actor to appear in the movie to repair the misuse of his character.

However, his upcoming superhero role in Sony’s Spider-Man universe makes it a little difficult for him to appear in the MCU.

Kraven the Hunter is set to open in theaters on Aug. 30, 2024, by Sony.

Source: Esquire

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