‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron': Joss Whedon Calls James Spader His ‘First And Only Choice’ For Villain Role

by Brett White

We were all a bit surprised when Marvel announced that James Spader, best known recently for TV shows like “The Office” and “Boston Legal,” would be providing Ultron with his voice in 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Maybe we thought Marvel would get a big name actor for the role, or maybe we thought they’d have Paul Bettany turn Tony Stark’s A.I. JARVIS to the dark side. Either way, James Spader was completely off our radar, but not writer/director Joss Whedon’s.

The “Avengers” mastermind said via an exclusive quote given to Marvel’s web-series “The Watcher” that the Emmy Award winning actor was his only choice for the robotic villain.

“Spader was my first and only choice,” revealed Whedon via “Watcher” host Lorraine Cink. “He’s got that hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling, but he’s also very human and humorous. Ultron is not HAL. Spader can play all of the levels. He’s the guy to break the Avengers into pieces. Bwah ha ha ha!” Yes, the laugh is indeed part of the quote.

Whedon’s reasoning sounds spot on, especially his point that Ultron is not HAL 9000, the cold and calculating antagonist of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” We were already on board with the casting, now we’re even more on board.

You can check out the full episode of “The Watcher” below!

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