Hugo Weaving Enjoyed Outrageousness of Playing Red Skull in Captain America

Image: Captain America, Marvel
Image: Captain America, Marvel

Hugo Weaving was a great Nazi in Captain America: The First Avenger, playing Cap’s nemesis, Red Skull. And given that it was a comic book movie, meaning time and space are fluid—and given that any non-Loki villain has failed to really capture people’s attention—it’s natural to want Weaving back. So he’s opened the door a crack to coming back to Marvel, a studio he didn’t love working with.


Yahoo! had Weaving comment on every movie of his career:

I thought it would be a lot of fun to play a classic über-Nazi, someone who thought Hitler was a pussy! [Laughs] It was fun to play; I enjoyed the outrageousness of the German accent that I employed and I enjoyed the extraordinary mask and costume, even though it was unbelievably hot inside it. I enjoy mask work; I enjoy trying to animate masks and reveal certain things that the mask itself might not reveal. V for Vendetta was another example of that, but there was less animation within that mask versus the Red Skull.

He certainly seemed to be having a ball going that over the top. But it’s the second part of his analysis that’s interesting. There have been some pretty public blow-ups with people not wanting to work within Marvel’s fairly specific constraints. Weaving, however, seems to have come to terms with the nature of the beast:

With Marvel, it’s pretty basic stuff: accept the deal and enjoy the ride. It’s not a major stretch for an actor, but on the other hand the difficulty with the Marvel universe is maintaining a link to a human dimension within such an extraordinary, technological CGI universe. In terms of me going back and doing another one, I don’t know. I’m not sure what they’re up to with the Red Skull.

“I don’t know” is better than “no,” I guess.

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.



Well, seeing as the Tesseract is the Space Gem, the Red Skull didn’t die at the end - he just got warped to the other end of space. Who knows what he’s been up to? Maybe we need another One-Shot to see all the awesomeness he’s been up to.