Josh Brolin Says ‘Men In Black III’ Is No ‘Jonah Hex’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 11:49 am,

josh brolin talks men in black III Josh Brolin Says ‘Men In Black III’ Is No ‘Jonah Hex’

Men In Black was one of the better genre films of the 1990s, perfectly combining Big Willy Style action-comedy with occasionally bizarre science-fiction elements. Then along came Men In Black II, and suddenly I never wanted to watch another Men In Black movie in my life.

Ten years later and Barry Sonnenfeld is making Men In Black III anyway. Starring series regulars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rip Torn, and newcomers Sharlto Copley (District 9), Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), Emma Thompson, Alec Baldwin, and Josh Brolin (True Grit), the movie has, if nothing else, an excellent cast.

Speaking of Josh Brolin – who’s playing the 1969 version of Tommy Lee Jones in the film – he recently seemed (emphasis on seemed) to heap praise upon the screenplay for MIB3.

For those too lazy to watch, here are the bullet points:

  • Josh Brolin has not started filming for Men in Black III.
  • When asked if he was happy with the screenplay – or if there was even a final screenplay in existence – he said it was better than Jonah Hex’s.
  • Then, perhaps upon realizing how low that bar was, he said that the screenplay was “great” and “excellent,” but that he couldn’t expand any further.

Check out the video below, courtesy of MTV Splashpage:

Franky, it’s hard to tell if Josh Brolin is being genuine in the interview or if he’s delicately, shall we say, glossing over the truth so as not to bite the studio hand that feeds him. Considering there have been shooting delays and reports of script rewrites – always (sarcastic!) a good sign – it’s very possible, if not likely, that the latter is the case. Heck, maybe Brolin really has no idea what the script looks like in its current form, hence his initial reluctance to talk about it.

I would love nothing more than for Barry Sonnenfeld and company to hit Men In Black III out of the park. It almost seems like a dream now, due to such cinematic horrors as Wild Wild West, Men In Black II, and RV, but Sonnenfeld used to make awesome, entertaining movies. I could watch The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, Get Shorty, and Men In Black any day of the week and never get sick of them.

Shooting for Men In Black III began last month in New York and will take a two-month hiatus after wrapping for the holidays. It’s currently set to hit theaters May 25th, 2012. For a script review of Etan Cohen’s original screenplay, which was heavily praised by our own Uncapie, click HERE.

Source: MTV Splashpage

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  1. There are very few concepts that can handle a third shot at a movie, and this looks like it can’t either.

  2. Still disappointed that TLJ will only be cameoing in the film :(

    • WHAT?! He was the only reason I watched the previous movies. Smith is really annoying in these movies. I don´t think I´ll spend money on this one…

      • WHAT?!!!!

        Ok hell no just a cameo? Who are the men in black this time then?

        • It’s more than just a cameo, I think — and it’s very possible his role has been beefed up in these rewrites. Also, Josh Brolin plays the young version of Tommy Lee Jones character once Agent J (Will Smith) goes back in time to stop his death.

  3. The Addams Family movies and MIB were great! But I think Sonnefeld should of stuck to cinematograpy. The way he shot Millers Crossing was beautiful.

  4. I never cared for Men In Black. Didn’t go out of my way to watch them, did not avoid them though either. The movies are entertaining when all else fails. Brolin is a solid reputable actor and it is sad that he feels responsible for the damage control. He is not to blame for Jonah Hex. The movie itself wasn’t really even that bad. It just seems as if they edited it down too much and damaged some footage so they couldn’t fix it? I am not saying that it was a good movie though either so please don’t chew me apart now for saying what I said. 1 bad movie compared to the however many good movies that he has done in the last five years I could care less about the results of Jonah Hex. Men in Black 3 should be good, I have a strange feeling about it and its the first time I am looking forward to one of these movies in the franchise.

  5. @Rickster! Hey bro, do me a favor and check out/rent/purchase the dvd/movie, “Capricorn One”

    James Brolin, is the main star in the 1978 film.
    That’s Josh Brolin’s dad btw…

    Amazing film for its time and an amazing cast.

  6. hmmm prob gonna watch this1

  7. i thought jonah hex was good, i would rather see a sequel to it than men in black without tommy lee jones. these movies tend to blow when they use time travel to keep a key character in it. time travel destroys suspense kind of like prequels. will smith in a 1969 setting – sounds predictable.

    way too many plot holes in part 2, who ever wrote it didn’t even see part one. will smith was only an agent for about a day or two in part one, in part two he asks tommy lee jones if he remembers them flushing themselves every saturday.. i’d rather take my kids to see dogs in black starring frank the pug.

  8. Since the folks behind ‘Jonah Hex’ screwed up the character, the script, the editing, and the casting, anything could be better, yes?

    BTW, Josh? MIB and Hex may be comics based, but you might as well compare an apple to a head of lettuce in that regard. But the idea of you being a younger version of your ‘No Country’ co-star Jones is brilliant. If you hadn’t signed yet, please do.

  9. Ok. This has nothing to do with the movie,It’s just a pet peeve of mine. His name is JEMAINE not JeRmaine. No r.

  10. He’d be better off not referencing Jonah Hex in the future. He’s a well established talented actor, doesnt make sense to bring back to people’s mind again that stinkbomb – unless he’s just feeling really guilty about it lol.

  11. Barry Sonnenfeld didn’t direct “Be Cool”. Get your facts straight before judging peopel tastelessly. Wild Wild West is all kinds awesome, by the way.