How do you go from directing "Community" to taking on "Captain America"? Why not ask one of the directors of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"?
Anthony Russo was at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Tuesday to talk about "Animal Practice," a new NBC comedy that he and his brother Joe are both executive producing. You may know their names from "Community" and "Arrested Development," which are among the projects the Russos have directed. And you may have been surprised when their names were announced as the directors of one of Marvel's biggest franchises. Would these Greendale veterans know how to handle the adventures of the First Avenger?
Inquiring minds wanted to know, so after the formal panel for "Animal Practice" (which wasn't that formal, given that, at one point, there was a monkey riding atop a tiny ambulance on the stage of the Beverly Hilton), myself and a couple of other TV writers went up on the stage to talk to Russo.
We asked about his new show and we asked about Dan Harmon's departure from "Community," but the main thing that we grilled him about was the Russos' plans for Cap. He was game to discuss their new feature film gig; he talked about the different tone the modern-day "Captain American" movie will have to take, how the Russos landed the job and why TV veterans are a good fit for a superhero movie series (Joss Whedon, of course, directed "The Avengers" and "Game of Thrones" and "Sopranos" director Alan Taylor is helming the upcoming "Thor: The Dark World").
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mods this is an interview with Anthony Russo, different from the other CA2 post