Actor Jesse Johnson, who plays the iconic villain of Breaking Bad, said he’s been doing his own movies since he was a teenager, but he doesn’t think he’s ever really known the difference between a superhero and a Hollywood blockbuster.
“It’s the difference in how a movie is shot and the acting,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview at his home in New York City.
“A superhero movie is a superhero movie, and a superhero is the most expensive movie you can make, and it’s an expensive movie to shoot.
I don’t know if it’s a superhero in Hollywood or not.”
Johnson, 42, said the difference is the makeup and lighting.
“I don’t think that they’re really the same thing,” he said.
“You can get away with a lot more with a superhero.
They’re a lot lighter.
There’s a lot of emotion.
There are less sets.”
Johnson has been in the business for about five years now, and he says he’s not really bothered by the comparisons between the two genres.
“It’s not that they are bad movies, it’s just that they have different styles,” he explained.
“They’re very different from what I’ve seen.
I think you’re going to get more mileage out of a superhero film if it is shot like a superhero.”
Johnson said that even though he’s gotten used to being a star, he’s still a geek.
“That’s my thing.
I’ve got a lot to learn about it,” he joked.
“As I get older, I want to make sure I have all these cool stuff.”
He added that he’s actually gotten better at the craft of the role of Spider-Man.
“Spider-Man is my favorite character in the Marvel universe,” he added.
“If you look at what Spider-man is doing in the movies, he is a bad guy.
He can kill people.”
Johnson also said he does enjoy working with actors from other genres.
For example, he said he loves the actors who portray the villainous Spider-Woman, who was played by actress Laura Harrier.
“She is such a badass,” he marveled.
“Her character is so real and I really appreciate the way she portrayed that.”
Johnson’s latest movie, The Black Widow, will open on July 1, 2019.
He says he is planning to have the movie open in theaters in April 2020, which would make it his first big-budget movie since he won the Best Actor Oscar for Breaking Bad in 2010.
Johnson said the experience of working with Harrier, who played the character, “was like working with a father figure.”
“She was the most amazing,” he remarked.
“In a way, I’m the dad.”
Johnson and Harrier will return to the series in 2018 for the fifth and final season of the series, which will air on AMC.
The show has been on hiatus since the fourth season ended in 2016, but Johnson is hopeful it will return.
“The Black Widow will be a continuation of the Avengers,” he stated.
“We want to do a fourth season, and we’ll see if we can keep it going.
But I’m definitely excited for that.”
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