"You put together a project and an idea, you make the film and one of the reasons that it's an emotional high-wire act is you finally have to share it. You have to have the nerve and confidence to do it. I'd say listen, keep your ears open listen understand what the feedback is and process it. Put it through your filter. That's what these stories are. It's always a matter of taking a lot of input and possibilities and focusing it into something and sharing it with people and saying, 'What do you think?'"
"One of the first conversations we had -- I was shooting 'The Avengers' at the time and it was about how Thor was going to fit into a Formula One car. I wrote Ron an email and said, 'I'm not going to turn up that size, I'll drop the weight.' I didn't have much time to do it so it was overtrain and undereat. It led to a pretty moody existence. I think it fed into the performance."
"You hope that the living person likes you. And he is so undiplomatic and after the first meeting after five minutes I saw the smile on his face and thought, 'OK, he likes the idea of me playing him.' But the first conversation on the phone was terrible. He said, 'Yeah, I guess we have to meet now. Just bring hand luggage to Vienna so if we don't like each other you can piss off right away.' So of course I was nervous when I flew to Vienna -- with my little bag."