Benicio Del Toro The Collector Benicio Del Toro Talks The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel Studios has a packed slate of upcoming movies, and though they operate on a completely expected level of secrecy, the cast and filmmakers are generally chatty and open about the directions of the stories and the characters’ motivations. Joss Whedon has given us, among other updates, an explanation for the casting of James Spader as the evil robot Ultron in The Avengers sequel, and Michael Rooker has shared his excitement about his role as the blue-skinned alien hunter Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Another Guardians star – Benicio Del Toro – recently talked about his much-anticipated role as well, that of the immortal “Elder of the Universe” known as The Collector.

Del Toro was recently in France to promote his French-made film Jimmy P. (also known as Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) and spoke to French magazine Les Inrockuptibles about The Collector. Here’s what he had to say (via CBM):

“When someone calls you and says ‘I need you in my movie,’ it’s exciting. I like comic book movies, and it’s totally new for me. My character is The Collector. I’ve never heard of him so I just started [to research] about him…

“A blockbuster can be really tiring to do, but it’s fun to shoot one occasionally. You have many people around you who bombard you with [a lot of] information… You cannot go wrong.”

These comments echo Rooker’s, but also seem to contradict them. GoTG director James Gunn had, according to Rooker, told him not to read any of the comic books. It sounds like Del Toro has been researching his character. And if he’s not being discouraged from doing so, it could indicate that Gunn may have different ways of approaching each character.

Guardians of the galaxy concept art Benicio Del Toro Talks The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy

Del Toro went on to discuss how his character’s motivation may be withheld at times:



Del Toro went on to discuss how his character’s motivation may be withheld at times:

“For example, they told you ‘Now you have to go in this restaurant and kill this person.’ And then you ask: ‘Who? The blue haired girl, or the guy with the wig?’ And you don’t get the answer. And suddenly, you heard ‘Action!’ And you have to go along: so you shoot everywhere and they’ll find a solution for the final cut.”

Del Toro’s remarks offer interesting details on this specific scene, but also alludes to the nasty nature of his character. In the comics, The Collector is an immortal who, after living peacefully for a thousand years with a wife and daughter, ends up losing them both. He is the last surviving member of his species, playing an important role in the Marvel Universe, and ties directly to Thanos, the big bad guy whose presence was teased during the mid-credits scene in The Avengers.

The Collector also has a limited clairvoyant ability, and foretold the threat Thanos poses to the galaxy. We’ve covered what The Collector’s presence could mean in detail here (which includes insights into the film’s possible connection to the The Avengers), and it’s still unknown just how much of the character’s comic book mythology will be included. This insight into at least this one scene hints at The Collector’s capacity for violence, and while we still think that the main villain of Guardians will be a henchman of Thanos, Del Toro’s The Collector definitely sounds like a threat who won’t be ignored.

Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31st, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

Source: Les Inrockuptibles [via Comic Book Movie]

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