‘Avengers’ dote on Korean fans

20-minute screening unveils scenes shot in Seoul

By Kwon Ji-youn

At what may have been one of the shortest, yet most-attended blockbuster film press events in Seoul, the cast of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” made sure to commend Korean actress Kim Soo-hyun, also known as Claudia Kim, for a job well done in the superhero sequel set for an April 23 release.

At the Conrad Seoul hotel in Yeouido, Friday, the “Avengers” actors and director Joss Whedon, with yellow ribbons taped to their sharp suits, in one voice applauded Kim’s acting in the Marvel Studios film starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson.

“Claudia did a fantastic job,” said Downey, who plays Ironman in the franchise. “We’re not at all doubtful about the talent that comes from here. ”

Mark Ruffalo, who portrays the Hulk, commented, “I look up to Claudia all the time because she’s so much taller than me, and also because she’s a great actress.”

Ahead of the press event, a number of scenes filmed in Seoul were unveiled during a partial screening of “Avengers: Age of Ultron. ” The scenes were filmed in Seoul-based locations in April 2014, including Sangam Digital Media City, the Sebit Dungdung-seom island near Banpo and the Tancheon parking lot in Gangnam

“I’m jealous that Chris has gotten to shoot here a few times,” Downey said. “I’ll be back here to shoot soon, I hope. ”

Evans (Captain America) said while filming overseas can be stressful, his experience in Seoul was anything but, owing to his spirited Korean fans.

“It’s a beautiful city and you’re all very welcoming,” he said. “I feel at home here.”

The arrival date for the “Avengers” cast in Seoul fell on Thursday, which marked the one-year anniversary of the Sewol ferry sinking. The public relations team for “Avengers” had said their arrival would be kept under wraps, but reporters and fans nevertheless swarmed Incheon International Airport to greet them

“(Our Korean fans) are great and they’re so enthusiastic,” Downey said. “They let their emotions out and they wear their feelings on their sleeves. It makes us feel like the Beatles.”

The Avengers looked truly glad to be in Korea, the first stop on their Asia tour This being his third visit, Downey said playfully, “We have to wrap this up ?I have a lot of shopping to do. ”

“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, is the sequel to Marvel’s 2012 film “The Avengers.” In the sequel, the Avengers must together defeat Ultron, a technological enemy bent on human extinction.

The film made local headlines when it became known Kim was to appear as Helen Cho, a world-renowned geneticist who helps the Avengers from her office in Seoul and Avengers Tower

“I was given very little information about Cho when I was cast,” Kim said. “I did a lot of research. If you watch the film, you can see that director Whedon has added color to all the characters. I put all my faith in his artistry. ”

She added, “Most importantly, I wanted to blend in with the actors, who the world is so familiar with.”

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will be Whedon’s second and last “Avengers” film, and he’s not sure what the future holds for him But to Whedon, Marvel is, and always will be, family.

“I don’t know whether I’ll be continuing to work for Marvel or whether I’ll be making another Marvel film, but I’ll still be a part of the family,” he said. “I love the stories and I’ve been reading them since I was a kid. I may just show up uninvited and tell everyone what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Whedon added, “We started the movie by coming here. I was in the room where I first auditioned Claudia when I thought, to come back here after a long and extraordinary process is an honor Thanks for letting that happen.”

SOURCE: The Korea Times

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