Joss Whedon

  • Aired:  06/20/13
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"Much Ado About Nothing" director Joss Whedon talks about his name, his modern Shakespeare adaptation and "The Avengers 2." (6:24)

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT ISOON ACCLAIMED

TV WRITER AND DIRECTOR WHO HAS

MOVED ON TO SHAKESPEARE.

THEY ALWAYS END UP SELLING OUT

FOR THE BIG BUCKS.

PLEASE WELCOME JOSS WHEDON.

THANKS FOR COMING ON.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

>> Stephen: NICE TO MEET YOU.

I'M A BIG FAN OF YOUR WORK.

>> AS AM I-- OF YOURS.

I'M A FAN OF YOUR WORK.

>> Stephen: OH, I'M A FAN OF

MY WORK AS WELL.

WONDERFUL.

NOW, JOSS-- NOT JOSH.

>> TWO Ss.

>> Stephen: WHY DID YOU DROP

THE H.

WHAT KIND OF NAME IS JOSS?

>> WELL, IT'S SORT OF A

BASTARDIZED CHINESE WORD MEANING

LUCK.

IF YOU READ JAMES CLAVELL IT IS.

>> I READ SSHOULD, OGUN BUT

THAT'S JAPANESE.

>> TIPAN.

>> Stephen: I DON'T READ

CHINESE.

WHAT WAS YOUR NAME BEFORE IT WAS

JOSS.

>> IT WAS JOSEPH OR JOE OR JOEY,

WHICH IS WHY I CHANGED.

>> Stephen: OKAY, CAN I CALL

YOU JOEY?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, LET'S

MOVE ON.

YOU KNOW, YOU ARE THE EMMY

WINNING FILM AND TV CREATOR

PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, WRITER,

COMPOSER-- COMPOSURE?

>> YES, OF THIS MOVIE.

>> Stephen: YOUR WORK

INCLUDES BUFF, AND THE AVENGERS.

THE NEW FILM IS "MUCH ADO ABOUT

NOTHING."

WHY, IF YOU'RE THE SUPER BIG

BLOCKBUSTER DIRECTOR OF THE

AVENGERS, BILLION-DOLLAR MOVIE

AT LEAST, RIGHT, AT LEAST.

OKAY?

JUST NOD OR SOMETHING.

>> YES 1.5 IF WE'RE GOING TO BE

TECHNICAL.

>> Stephen: YOU DIDN'T WANT

TO BRAG.

$1.5 BILLION.

THAT WAS $500 MILLION SHY, AND

YOU WERE KIND OF INSULTED.

WHY DO YOU GO SLUMMING WITH THE

SHAKESPEARE NOW?

>> WELL, BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING

I LOVE VERY MUCH BECAUSE

SHAKESPEARE IS SOMETHING THAT I

AND ALL THE ACTORS IN THE MOVIE,

IT'S WHAT WE GREW UP WITH.

IT'S WHAT WE STUDIED.

>> Stephen: IT'S OLD, THOUGH.

IT'S OLD.

>> Stephen: SO AM I.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE NOT 400

YEARS OLD.

YOU COULD WRITE SOMETHING BETTER

THAN SHAKESPEARE, RIGHT?

>> OH, TOTALLY.

>> Stephen: YOU WROTE THE

AVENGERS, RIGHT?

YOU GOT THAT THOARE, IN THERE,

HE THROWS IN THOSE THUS AND

THOUS.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT SHAKESPEARE YOU

LIKE IS THERE I CAN NEVER

UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE SAYING.

>> HOPEFULLY IF YOU SEE "MUCH

ADO ABOUT NOTHING," YOU WILL

UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE SAYING.

THE STUFF THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT

IS VERY HUMAN, VERY MUCH WHAT

WE'RE GOING THROUGH NOW AS

MODERN PEOPLE.

IT'S ABOUT OUR IDENTITIES AS MEN

AND WOMEN AND IT'S MEATY FOR AN

ACTOR.

>> Stephen: WHAT DO YOU MEAN

BY IDENTITY.

MEN ARE MEN AND WOMEN ARE WOMEN.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY IDENTITY.

>> THERE IS THE CHARACTER OF

BEATRICE AND BENEDICT WHO ARE

THE SORT OF WARRING COUPLE WHO

EVENTUALLY BECOME LOVERS AND

BEATRICE IS VERY CRITICAL OF THE

WAY SOCIETY IS RUN.

>> Stephen: IS IT A "WILL

THEY OR WON'T THEY "KIND OF

THING.

>> IT'S THE ORIGINAL WILL THEY

OR WON'T THEY.

>> Stephen: IT SOUNDS LIKE A

BUFFY ANGEL KIND OF THING?

>> I THINK THAT'S WHAT HE WAS

GOING FOR.

>> Stephen: LET'S TAKE A LOOK

AT THIS FILM HERE, JIMMY.

>> BUT ARE YOU SURE BENEDICT

LOVES BEATRICE ENTIRELY.

SO SAYS THE PRINCE.

I PERSUADED THEM, IF THEY LOVED

BENEDICT TO WISH HIM AFFECTION.

>> WHY DID YOU SO.

DOES NOT THE GENTLEMAN DESERVE

AS FULL AND FORTUNATE A BED AS

BEATRICE.

>> I KNOW HE DESERVES AS MUCH,

BUT NATURE NEVER FRAMED A

WOMAN'S HEART OF PROUDER STUFF

THAN THAT OF BEATRICE.

>> Stephen: I NOTICED

SOMETHING-- A, I NOTICED TWO

THINGS THERE.

ONE IS THAT-- I UNDERSTAND WHAT

THEY WERE SAYING, WHICH WAS

SHOCKING TO ME.

AND, SECOND, THAT'S NOT IN THE

GLOBE THEATER.

WHERE ARE YOU SHOOTING THAT.

>> OH, THAT WAS IN MY HOUSE.

>> Stephen: THE WHOLE THING

IS A TAX DODGE?

WHAT DO-- WHY ARE YOU SHOOTING--

JUDGEY ARE YOU SHOOTING IN YOUR

HOUSE?

>> I DID START A MICROBUDGET

STUDIO WITH MY WIFE TO MAKE

LOWER BUDGET MOVIES SO THEY

COULD DO WHATEVER I WANTED.

>> Stephen: WHAT MICROBUDGET?

>> MICROBUDGET-- THERE'S LOW

BUDGET AND THEN THERE'S MICRO.

IT'S THE LEAST YOU CAN MAKE A

MOVIE FOR, BASICALLY.

NO, I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU A

NUMBER.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, FINE,

NOT $1.5 BILLION.

>> NOT EVEN 1 BILLION.

>> Stephen: WHY WOULD YOU LET

ANYONE SHOOT IN YOUR HOUSE.

YOU KNOW WHAT CREWS CAN DO TO A

HOUSE.

HOW MUCH DUNKIN' DONUTS WAS

GROUND INTO YOUR LIVING ROOM RUG

BY THE TIME THIS WAS OVER?

>> WE COULDN'T AFFORD DUNKIN'.

>> Stephen: AMERICA RUNS ON

DUNKIN'.

SO WHAT KIND OF HOUSE ARE WE

TALKING HERE?

NICE PLACE?

>> YEAH, IT'S LOVELY.

MY WIFE IS AN ARCHITECT.

SHE ACTUALLY DESIGNED IT.

>> Stephen: WHAT HAPPENS IN

AVENGERS 2?

I'M SORRY, I JUST HAVE TO GET TO

THAT.

>> IT SEEMS LIKE A NATURAL

SEGUE.

>> Stephen: I JUST GOTTA ASK,

WHAT HAPPENS IN AVENGERS TWO.

IS STONY STARK IN THAT THAT?

IN "IRON MAN THREE "HE TAKES OUT

THING IN HIS CHEST AND THAT

POWERS THE SUIT.

HOW CAN HE BE IN AVENGERS 2.

>> THEY JUST REPLACED IT.

IT'S ELSEWHERE.

I CAN'T GIVE IT ALL AWAY, BUT

HE'S STILL GOT IT.

>> Stephen: SO HE'S HAS AN

ATOMIC ASS.

WELL, ARE YOU GOING TO DO MORE

OF THIS MICROBUDGET STUFF.

IF YOU HAD YOUR DRUTHERS WHAT

WOULD BE THE NEXT THING YOU

WOULD DO THAT IS NOT THE BIGGEST

BUDGET MOVIE ALL TIME.

>> I'D LIKE TO DO A BALLET.

>> Stephen: HONEST TO PETE.

HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF A SALUTE TO

WOMEN'S WATER BOTTLES.

JOSS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING ME.

JOSS WHEDON.

THE MOVIE IS "MUCH ADO ABOUT

NOTHING."

IT'S A BIG DEAL ABOUT SOMETHING.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.