Back in May, Columbia announced that it was officially moving forward with “Men in Black III,” with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones set to reprise their roles as Agents J and K respectively. Shortly thereafter, Josh Brolin was confirmed to play a younger version of Jones’ Agent K thanks to the film’s time-travel angle.
Having already worked with Jones on the set of of the Coen brothers’ “No Country for Old Men,” Brolin is perhaps uniquely suited to capture the mannerisms of the elder actor while portraying the same character at a different point in his life. When asked by MTV News if he had taken the opportunity to study the rest of Jones’ films for the role, Brolin was enthusiastic with his reply.
“I am! I feel like I spend too much time with Tommy anyway,” said Brolin. “But now I’m looking at it from a different perspective. It’s very, very interesting. As you can tell I get nervous talking about it because I’m not there yet and hopefully it’ll be alright. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
“I don’t know what the balance is yet,” added Brolin. “I’m not replacing Tommy, that I know. There’s more suggestion going on than anything.”
Brolin also spoke out about the opportunity to star alongside Smith for the first time.
“Will is amazing to work with because he cares about every nook and cranny about what goes on. And he drives some people crazy in the studio doing it. But he knows, man. He’s got the midas touch. He’s got it. [And] he’s a smart guy.”
Between “Men and Black III” and another potential movie, Brolin also explained that he originally planned to reunite with one of the Coen brothers on the stage.
“I was supposed to do Ethan Coen’s plays at Saint Ann’s in Brooklyn between ’Men in Black’ and this other movie that I may do. But that may have to be repositioned. But yeah, I’ll be in New York for like a year. I live here, man. I live in a hotel, but I live here now.”
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