Josh Brolin on Jonah Hex
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros
Josh Brolin got his own comic book superhero with Jonah Hex. He’s an old west bounty hunter, burned on half his face, who can talk to the dead. He’s also got cool gattling guns and explosive bullets. This was Brolin’s action hero moment.
Josh Brolin is Jonah Hex
“Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, that whole thing of whatever anger you feel in your life,” Brolin compared. “You’re riding your bike down the street when you’re 13, and somebody yells something at you, or throws something at you for some reason or another, and you don’t feel the ability to fight back, whatever those little things that happen in your life, you do. It’s like the cartoon on the back of the comic book where someone kicks sand in your face. You want that one moment where you have the perfect thing to say, or the perfect punch where you don't have to get in a fight, you can just knock the guy out in one punch and walk away. This is my version of that. This is my wanting to live that. It’s my attempt at other people going into the movie saying, ‘Jonah Hex is really cool, he does these things, he’s with people like Lilah, they’re broke and it comes from a dark place, but we find levity in the movie. I wanna be that guy for an hour and a half.’ The intention is to leave the movie theater and feel a bit puffed up, but not so much that you go put a cap in somebody’s ass. White version of saying that.”
Brolin is most acclaimed for playing George W. Bush and Senator Dan White, but maybe best known for The Goonies. Now he’s a comic book. “It’s nice to be able to springboard from a place that, even though it’s not real, it’s real for me. Once you look at the comic book and you say, okay, I have a sketch here. You know, I’ve said before that a lot of times I’ll do a movie and I’ll go to my son, and he’ll sketch out the character. I’ll explain it to him, I won’t even read the script, or anything, sometimes, but I’ll say, this is how I see this character, and this is the ambiance of the story, all that, and he’ll sit there and sketch stuff out. I was used to springboarding from that kind of place, so this was great for me.”
He also has favorite actors, as he mentioned above. “Look, as fun as it is, as dark as it stems from, it’s good to have people in mind. Or even if I use characters, like actors, whether it be Robert Mitchum, and watch some of his movies, is there one little gem that I can steal, and extrapolate on that.”
To look like Jonah Hex was hard work. “We did three hours of makeup a day. It was very tough, there are many different layers: I had a mouthpiece that held my mouth all the way back, that was attached to the back of my neck, and then we did three more layers on top of that, and then I walked around with half a mustache and half a beard in New Orleans for three months. To be honest with you, it sounds like bullsh*t, but it’s not. It lent to the curmudgeonly feel of the character. So it was a pain. Would I do it again? Yeah. Because it’s like having a baby, now I look at the end result, and go, ‘That’s pretty cool.’”
Jonah Hex opens to theaters on June 18th.
For the trailers, posters, and more movie info, go to the Jonah Hex Movie Page.
Sources: Image property of Warner Bros
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