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7
Nov 2018
Interviews, Photos, Screencaptures, The Late Late Night with James Corden  •  By  •  0 Comments

I have tons of appearances that Aaron has attended that I need to sort thru, but Aaron went on the Late Late Show with James Corden the other night (I did manage to skip a small segment) and I’ve added HD ccreencaptures to the gallery. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to sort thru the photos and add them into the gallery!

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30
Oct 2018
Interviews, News  •  By  •  0 Comments

“It’s nice to play unpredictable,” Aaron Taylor-Johnson says. “Someone who you don’t know if they’re gonna stab you, or make you laugh.”

On the whole, James Douglas – the Scottish knight who Taylor-Johnson plays in Netflix’s medieval epic Outlaw King – seems more likely to do the former. As the right-hand man to Chris Pine’s Robert the Bruce (a less ridiculous casting choice than it might sound), Douglas is a bundle of unalloyed rage, determined not only to help the Bruce claim his title as King of Scotland, but also to avenge his father and win back the land stolen from him by the English king, Edward I. By the end of the film – which is ambitious, gruesome, poignant and sometimes a little silly – Douglas is violently, almost uncomfortably deranged.

“I’m pretty unhinged and filthy,” Taylor-Johnson agrees – though the character wasn’t quite like that to begin with. It was only when he started researching the real Douglas, and speaking to historians, that the role started to evolve beyond director and co-writer David Mackenzie’s original script.

“He was this legend, this mysterious dark character who would be brutal and violent,” he says, “but when he’s with his brothers he’s this loveable, funny guy. The more we did research, the more we found these moments that got built into the story.

“And later on in life,” he continues, eager to impart some of the knowledge he’s accrued, “when Robert the Bruce died, he carried his heart in a box around his neck and carried it to the holy lands. So it just goes to show how much he really loved his friendship with Robert.” It’s not quite how I’d demonstrate my friendship, but to each their own.

It’s not surprising to learn that Taylor-Johnson studied Douglas so diligently. In conversation, he is intense and fastidious, his answers thoughtful, though I suspect mostly carefully prepared. He’s also a little cagey. When his eyes meet mine (which isn’t often) his gaze is somewhere between nervous and suspicious. Throughout our interview, his hands – adorned with a chunky gold ring – are clasped tightly together as if in anxious prayer. “I’ll never be Jennifer Lawrence or Tom Cruise,” he once said. “Someone who can hold a movie and then be charming and charismatic doing promotion.”

Still, he’s got the first part down. The 28-year-old, born and raised in the Buckinghamshire town of High Wycombe, has been acting since the age of six, when he appeared alongside Rufus Sewell in a London production of Macbeth. A handful of small film and TV spots followed, but it was with a run of starring roles in his late teens – as “sex god” Robbie in 2008’s Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, as John Lennon in the 2009 biopic Nowhere Boy (more on which later) and as a wannabe superhero in 2010’s Kick-Ass, three films that could hardly be more different – that he made his name. Since then, he’s starred in some big-budget blockbusters (Godzilla and Avengers: Age of Ultron) and won a Golden Globe for his role as a sadistic rapist in Nocturnal Animals.

Thanks to those blockbusters, Taylor-Johnson is familiar with physically demanding roles – he trained three times a week, eating six small meals a day, to bulk up for Kick-Ass 2 – but Outlaw King was on another level. Even the months of stunt rehearsals, horse training and boot camp didn’t prepare him for the “relentless, gruelling” shoot.

“You can train as much as possible in your joggers, on a bunch of stunt mats in a warehouse with sticks,” he says, “and then you go out on a battlefield and you’re in mud, and there’s horses around you, and you’ve got heavy chainmail on, and you’re exhausted because you’ve been doing take after take for a week and the conditions are harsh and cold and raining.”

So was it all worth it? So far, the reviews have been ambivalent. One particularly harsh write-up, in the Guardian, asserts that “Aaron Taylor-Johnson disrupts every scene in which he appears with an entirely new breed of bad acting”. It’s lucky, then, that he isn’t in this business for the reviews. Or even for the resulting film.

“The film at the end is not my experience,” he says. “That’s the audience’s experience that they get to enjoy.” Or, indeed, not enjoy. “My experience is when I’m making it. I wanna learn and grow, and that’s with a filmmaker really.”

So he doesn’t mind when the final product isn’t what he’d hoped? “Yeah. My decision is to work with this filmmaker, right? Then I can’t lose. So the movie could suck. It doesn’t matter. Because that’s not what I was doing it for. I wasn’t doing it to look good in a movie, or to make the movie be successful, I wanted to go on a journey; to experience what this character went through and to be able to learn from this director.”

He married one such director. When he first started dating Sam Taylor-Johnson (then known as Sam Taylor-Wood) in 2009, just after she had directed him in Nowhere Boy, the news prompted a flurry of scandalised headlines. Chiefly because she was 42, and he had just turned 19. In interviews at the time, the director – now well known for her fraught experience directing 50 Shades of Grey – was asked if she was having a mid-life crisis. Or if she was in competition with her ex-husband, who was then dating 23-year-old Lily Allen. She rightly bristled at both suggestions.

Nine years on, the pair, who have merged their surnames, are still together. They have two children, aged eight and six, as well as two step-children from the director’s previous marriage. They’ve also just worked together again, on A Million Little Pieces – an adaptation of James Frey’s rehab memoir and their first feature film collaboration since Nowhere Boy.

The tabloid consensus at the time, though, was that the relationship wouldn’t last. “Was it? I dunno, I never read any headlines so I wouldn’t know,” Taylor-Johnson shrugs – though I’m not sure I entirely believe him. Does he feel that they’ve proven people wrong? “No, because my relationship’s not to prove other people wrong, is it?” Point taken.

He married one such director. When he first started dating Sam Taylor-Johnson (then known as Sam Taylor-Wood) in 2009, just after she had directed him in Nowhere Boy, the news prompted a flurry of scandalised headlines. Chiefly because she was 42, and he had just turned 19. In interviews at the time, the director – now well known for her fraught experience directing 50 Shades of Grey – was asked if she was having a mid-life crisis. Or if she was in competition with her ex-husband, who was then dating 23-year-old Lily Allen. She rightly bristled at both suggestions.

Nine years on, the pair, who have merged their surnames, are still together. They have two children, aged eight and six, as well as two step-children from the director’s previous marriage. They’ve also just worked together again, on A Million Little Pieces – an adaptation of James Frey’s rehab memoir and their first feature film collaboration since Nowhere Boy.

The tabloid consensus at the time, though, was that the relationship wouldn’t last. “Was it? I dunno, I never read any headlines so I wouldn’t know,” Taylor-Johnson shrugs – though I’m not sure I entirely believe him. Does he feel that they’ve proven people wrong? “No, because my relationship’s not to prove other people wrong, is it?” Point taken.

“My relationship’s because I love my wife, and I love my kids, and that is my life,” he continues, his gaze now unwavering. “The reason I wake up in the morning is to be with my family. When I was younger acting was my first love and passion, and since I met Sam, she and my kids, they’re my priority and my life, so my work works around them.”

We’ve got to wrap up now, his publicist announces, preparing to whisk Taylor-Johnson out of the room. “Yeah sure,” he says, before carrying on anyway. “I never read anything because it’s bizarre when you become a talking point, and judgement comes every which way, positive and negative right? It can really screw people up, and my thing was to just be in our bubble, and take us out of the equation.

“It never affected me because I just knew what was true to me, and I love Sam from the bottom of my heart. She’s everything to me, so that was all that really mattered, you know? When you’ve got security in that, you’ve only got yourself to answer to. I don’t need to answer to anyone else.

“That’s how I attack everything in my life,” he concludes. “When it comes to my jobs, when it comes to making decisions, you do it for yourself. You don’t do it for anybody else.”

Outlaw King, the new film starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chris Pine, is released by Netflix on 9 November

23
Oct 2018
Avengers 4, Feature Film  •  By  •  0 Comments

Aaron Taylor-Johnson appeared to say goodbye to his Marvel character Quicksilver when he shared a farewell tweet after Avengers 4 had officially wrapped up. And even though he’d teased fans that the much loved hero would meet his maker, the actor then backtracked on his words at the ACE Comic Con. Chatting on the panel, he insisted that his comment was not a spoiler and reassured his followers that no matter how Quicksilver’s story finishes at the end of the movie, he would have written the exact same words. Leaving his fan’s theories up in the air as to what will happen with the superhero, the 28-year-old has now just gone and thrown another spanner in the works by saying he’d be up for bringing back his character.

When asked if he’d be open to return to the Marvel Universe, Aaron told Associated Press: ‘I’m always open yes, always open to some kind of new angle.’ He added: ‘But there’s nothing I can share.’ Nothing he can share? Sounds like there’s already something in the works to bring back Quicksilver – which would mean he mustn’t die at the end of the next Avengers hit. After finishing his stint on Avengers 4, Aaron tweeted: ‘Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. ‘Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.’

When fans started to hit back asking if his character had been killed, he then decided to put rumours to bed while talking on a Comic Con panel. He told his fans: ‘I should clarify that I know I did tweet something that made a lot of people think that it was in some way a spoiler. ‘I should clarify that regardless of how Avengers 4 ends, I would have tweeted the exact same thing.’ And even though it now sounds like he is working on something new for Quicksilver, the Kick-Ass star recently assured Metro.co.uk that nothing was happening in regards to a new story

Just last week, he told us: ‘It’s not a conversation right now.’ It seems as though Aaron is playing a number of games with his fans, leaving us with absolutely no idea what is going to happen to Quicksilver.

21
Oct 2018
Avengers 4, Feature Film, News  •  By  •  0 Comments

The Marvel character made his debut in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and didn’t even survive until the end credits.

After so much hype surrounded his arrival, which came in tandem with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, it has long been speculated that he could come back in some capacity one day.

With Avengers 4 fan theories covering just about every possibility under the sun, Quicksilver’s name has often been touted. However, Taylor-Johnson has played down the idea that he’s coming back – at least at this moment in time.

When asked about it by Metro, he said simply: “It’s not a conversation right now.”

The use of “right now” could be a hint that the door isn’t closed on Quicksilver forever, but it does at least seem like we can count him out of the upcoming blockbuster.

Reshoots for Avengers 4 have recently wrapped in Atlanta, USA; where Mark Ruffalo revealed that the film’s ending was still being decided.

Speaking on The Marvelists podcast last month, he said: “We don’t even know what it’s gonna be yet. We’re not just doing reshoots.

“We’re going to finish the movie, which we really didn’t get to finish totally when we left it last year.

“I don’t even know that [the Russos] really know exactly. Some of it is happening while we’re there.

“It’s pretty amazing. And we’ll shoot some stuff and a few days later come back and reshoot it ’cause we wanna take it in another direction.”

He added: “It’s a very living organism; even as we approach it being a locked picture, we’re still working on it.”

However Avengers 4 ends, it is thought to be “definitive” – after Kevin Feige promised it would mark the end of the current era of MCU storytelling.

It will be followed by Spider-Man: Far From Home, which also recently wrapped its initial filming.

Another Marvel movie, identity unknown, which had been set for release in July 2020 appears to have been removed from release schedules.

8
Oct 2018
Instagram, Personal Photos, Photos  •  By  •  0 Comments

I’ve finally added the instagram photos that Aaron Taylor-Johnson has added to his instagram. Enjoy the 200+ photos added!

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