Adam Brody talks ‘Shazam,’ enjoying Leighton Meester’s enemy Lalrp



LONDON — For Adam Brody, donning the padded superhero swimsuit in “Shazam!” and its sequel is a dream come true.

“I at all times needed to play a superhero. I grew up studying comics,” the actor recalled in a latest interview. “I needed to simply be in one thing of that dimension and scale too, to be on a set that massive, to be in outfits that take that lengthy to type of make and placed on.”

He described “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” out Friday, as “only a actual full-scale Cecil B. DeMille-sized film.”

The movie revolves round a gaggle of foster siblings who juggle being youngsters and grownup superheroes. Brody performs the grownup model of a geeky and awkward character, however the actor reveals he was a “seashore bum” in highschool.

“I used to be type of a jock, really,” smiles Brody. “In any manner that surfers are jocks.”

Throughout these teenage years, earlier than leaving his hometown in San Diego, California, Brody labored at a Blockbuster video rental retailer. Add that to his decadeslong lengthy appearing profession and you could possibly say the 43-year-old is type of a film professional.

“I’ve opinions, however you already know, I’m not a Tarantino. I don’t have encyclopedic data of all movies,” he’s fast to specify. although.

In the previous couple of years, his film data has expanded into child-friendly territory. Brody has two kids along with his spouse, actor Leighton Meester.

“As many good ones as you suppose there are, there’s not sufficient. So laborious to return by,” says Brody about children’ motion pictures, which he says is “the place values and the teachings actually come into play and also you need to ideally be sure what they’re viewing is nutritious.”

Whereas Brody’s filmography doesn’t embrace any kids’s motion pictures for the time being, he says it’s a class he want to attempt.

“I’m a fan of all genres. There’s not a style I wouldn’t do or need to do, however I search for cleverness within the writing and probably depth, too and a voice, a powerful POV — viewpoint,” he says.

He additional explains he appears for clever scripts that put out one thing optimistic into the world and don’t “glorify something too detrimental.”

“It doesn’t all need to be a life lesson,” he says. “However the smarter the undertaking is, in all probability the much less it does. You realize, I believe lots of the unhealthy stuff that Hollywood places out is unconscious greater than acutely aware and the deeper somebody’s interested by their work, in all probability the extra optimistic or enlightening it may be.”

Final summer season, Brody wrapped filming on a reimagining of the well-known 1994 thriller “The River Wild,” initially starring Meryl Streep and David Strathairn as a pair on a rafting journey gone flawed.

“You realize, we nonetheless acquired a river concerned,” he says. “And it’s equally a hostage state of affairs on the river and a race to get to Canada however that’s type of the place the similarities finish. It’s new characters.”

This time across the story is about two siblings, performed by Taran Killam and Meester, embarking on a visit with an outdated good friend (Brody), who will quickly reveal a harmful facet. The movie is due out later this 12 months.

This isn’t the primary time Brody has labored along with his spouse — Killam, Meester and Brody performed three factors of a love triangle within the sitcom “Single Dad and mom” simply three years in the past — however the script made him suppose twice.

“This one was attention-grabbing as a result of we’re antagonists. And so, I’m chasing her for a good quantity of the film, chasing her and worse,” Brody says. “And I used to be anxious initially, and it wasn’t one thing I used to be trying to do precisely. We need to work collectively however we weren’t like dying to play enemies.”

“I had a bit of concern that, like, ‘What if we take this residence with us? What if it feels too unhealthy to take a look at her on this manner?’” he continues. “However your adrenaline’s up on set, and it labored effective.”

He says it was the “most demanding” undertaking he has ever labored on, as an actor and as a mum or dad.

“The toughest half in a manner, was as a result of Leighton and I had been type of in each scene, usually we’re not working at the very same time, so we introduced our children,” however he nonetheless characterised it as “an awesome journey for the entire household.”

The truth is, Brody shares that he wouldn’t be stunned if his kids caught the appearing bug as nicely: “It’s a enjoyable job.”