NEW YORK — Even if the cast and crew of “Men in Black 3″ can’t exactly wrap their heads around time travel, the mind-boggling plot device was well worth executing if only for one reason: the creation of Young Agent K, played by Josh Brolin. The actor delivers a shockingly spot-on turn as a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones’ iconic man in black, to the point that co-star Will Smith was “shocked” at Brolin’s “amazing” work.
Brolin’s incredible performance aside, however, it’s widely believed among the “Men in Black” family that given the right circumstances, Jones’ Agent K would kick the ever-loving slick out of Brolin’s younger version. At the “Men in Black 3″ red carpet in New York earlier this week, MTV News asked Smith, director Barry Sonnenfeld and more to weigh in on the hypothetical battle of the Ks, and the votes were almost unanimously in Jones’ favor.
“At the end of the day I’m going to go with Tommy Lee Jones,” said Sonnenfeld. “You gotta go with the original, and I just would not mess with Tommy. He knows some mean moves.”
Smith agreed: “When Tommy Lee Jones comes up [to you], feel his arm. That’s a cattle man right there. You don’t want to creep up on Tommy Lee Jones.”
But even as the odds-on favorite to win against his younger counterpart, Jones himself wasn’t so sure of who would come out on top. Asked to weigh in on the theoretical clash, Jones was taken aback. “I don’t know. I don’t know how to answer a question like that.”
With Jones unable to endorse his K over his ’60s-era self, the stage was set for a Brolin comeback. Alice Eve was the first to cast her vote in the future “Oldboy” star’s favor.
“Josh Brolin, obviously,” she said. Even when it was pointed out that everyone else had thrown their support behind Jones, Eve remained committed to her pick. “I’m right. Have you met Brolin? Look at him!”
When it came time for Brolin to toss out his two cents on the K-on-K action, we expected him to stump for his version of the straight-laced alien-investigator. To our surprise, he sided with Smith and Sonnenfeld’s opinion.
“Older K for sure,” he grinned. “He’s got the experience, he’s got the moves, and he’s got the look. I’m a dilettante compared to him.”
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