Neal McDonough made an appearance on the red carpet for yesterday's MTV Movie Awards presentation and MTV had the chance to speak with him about the news that he may be playing a role in The First Avenger: Captain America. Not only did McDonough talk about Captain America, but he confirmed his role as Timothy “Dum Dum” Dugan, demonstrating plenty of excitement which should put smiles on the faces of Marvel movie fans and followers of McDonough's film and TV work.
News that McDonough was in talks with Marvel broke a few days ago and now that he's confirmed, along with today's press release of the talented Stanley Tucci joining the cast, hopefully we'll soon get confirmation that Jeremy Renner has officially signed on for The Avengers. That would make this last week one of the biggest (and most exciting) weeks ever for Marvel movie casting.
"I'm so excited — I'm playing Dum Dum Dugan... It's going to be a blast with Chris [Evans], Sam Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones and everyone else. It's going to be fantastic. We're going to tear it up!"
As I described in our other report, Dum Dum is an agent of Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics and fought alongside him in World War II as part of his elite Howling Commandos unit. From the interview below, we know that the Howling Commandos will definitely play a part in The First Avenger: Captain America but their name may change.
Check out this mustache:
I love his passion, the facial hair and excitement, and more than that, I'm very happy that McDonough has an important role in The First Avenger: Captain America with the possibility of other future appearances in movies like the S.H.I.E.L.D. film which may come after The Avengers.
It sounds like the look of his character and costume are going to be pretty true to the comics and that should keep fans happy. On the casting front, seemingly everyone who's been added are not only proven as actors but are likable personalities on and off the screen and that positive buzz does make a difference as well.
There are however - as our own Kofi Outlaw points out - a lot of recognizable stars joining the cast and that can work for or against the movie. The plan was to pick an unknown for the title role and support him with established actors, and while they ended up choosing a popular actor to play Steve Rogers, the rest of the cast is being filled in with a lot of talented folks. Let's hope they're all used correctly and with the right amount of screentime.
Iron Man 2 is currently in theaters everywhere; Thor opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012. We’ll find out what comes next at San Diego Comic-Con this summer!