Back in June, Marvel Studios announced that Stanley Tucci had joined the cast of “The First Avenger: Captain America” as Dr. Abraham Erskine, the German scientist behind Project Rebirth and the inventor of the Super Soldier serum that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America.
Although Dr. Erskine is a pivotal figure in backstory of “Captain America,” very little is known is known about his personality and motivations. When MTV News recently caught up with Tucci, the actor was asked if Dr. Erskine was a mad scientist or a cool, calm and collected researcher.
“He’s a combination of both,” replied Tucci. “It’s so much fun. I did it. I have to go back and finish in October. But I was there for a few weeks in August. It was a great experience.”
Tucci also spoke out about his experiences working with director Joe Johnston and other members of the “Captain America” cast.
“Joe Johnston is a wonderful guy and I love the way he’s shooting it,” related Tucci. “It’s really interesting. It’s beautiful looking… There’s a real power to it and the design is stunning. And Chris [Evans] is great. He’s a wonderful guy. And you know, Dominic [Cooper], Haley [Atwell] and Tommy Lee Jones… [They’re] great people.”
Tucci’s comments about working with Dominc Cooper are particularly interesting, as they seem to confirm that Howard Stark will play a role in the creation of the one and only super soldier.
“Captain America” will report for duty in theaters on July 22, 2011.
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