Working with Tommy Lee Jones in the acclaimed film In the Valley of Elah and the Academy Award winning No Country for Old Men has paid off for Josh Brolin, who has masterfully captured the actor’s mannerisms as Agent K in Men in Black 3, portraying him as a young man.
In the movie, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Jones) are still in charge of monitoring and protecting the world from aliens. But when an rogue alien, Boris the Animal, escapes, traveling back to 1969 to kill Agent K, J follows Boris back into the past, and encounters the young K (Brolin).
Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin recently spoke with the press about sharing the Men in Black experience.
Tommy, you show a softer side of your character in this film, instead of just being gruff. Were you happy about that?
Tommy: I keep hearing the word gruff, I’m simply trying to play the screenplay as it’s written. The relationship between J and K has been both contentious and affectionate at the same time through the movies.
Was it fun to work with Will Smith again?
Tommy: Any time you go to work with Will Smith is going to be a happy day, and Will and (director) Barry Sonnefeld together make it an even happier day. They’re wonderful to work with.
How quickly did that chemistry that we see as an audience between you and Will on screen happen? Was it in the first scene you guys did in the first film, or did you have to develop it?
Both. He’s a fine actor and we developed a rapport right away and became friends as time went on.
Josh, were you a fan of the original movie?
Josh: I’ve seen the first film 45 or 50 times – I’m not exaggerating. I’m a huge fan of the chemistry between Tommy and Will. Tommy’s voice has a cadence to it that’s very specific to Men in Black – it’s very different from the way he speaks in life.
I just listened to it and listened to it and listened to it until I started dreaming about it.
Being a part of this movie is crazy for me. When you go see a great movie like Men in Black, you’re in the audience thinking, ‘Wow, I want to be those guys.’ You want to be that cool, to have that chemistry with someone. And then you’re asked to do it, and it’s like winning the lottery.
When I put on the suit, it was the most surreal feeling in the world – I felt like Superman.
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