Ben Mendelsohn Talks About Skrullin' with The Skrulls in CAPTAIN MARVEL and Their Role in the Story
Thanks to Ben Mendelsohn, who plays Talos, the leader of The Skrulls in Captain Marvel we have a bit of new information to share with you regarding the "misunderstood" villains. Mendelsohn also plays a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the film, who EW has confirmed to be Nick Fury's boss. With the Skrulls ability to shapeshift, Talos is able to take the form of this human character.
While talking to EW, Mendelsohn addressed a number of topics including how he approached playing these two characters, Skrullin' with The Skrulls, Talos' relationship with "punk" The Kree, and the relationship between The Skrulls and Captain Marvel.
Here he talks about Skrullin' and how he handles the two different roles he's playing:
"I mean, when you’re Skrullin’, it’s a bit of a different thing. It’s a got a certain flow to it that this guy [gestures to human costume] doesn’t have. Because this guy doesn’t sound like this. This guy is [adopts American accent] a lot more like, straight up, ready to do the work, very military industrial complex certain 1990-whatever. A lot more buttoned up. Skrullin’ is a bit more laid back, a bit tougher. A little bit nastier? Maybe? Maybe. You got sharper nails, stuff like that.
Well, you know, Skrulls sound good. Like, a Skrull sounds tough but friendly, a little bit sexy, kind of warm, but very not-to-be-messed-with-at-all. So strangely enough, we’ve discovered that Skrulls sound a lot like Australians.
He goes a little bit more into Skrullin' as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent:
"The thing is, when you’re Skrullin’, there’s a kind of take-no-prisoners vibe about it, which is more relaxed. This guy’s got to follow protocol because it’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Skrullin’, you’re punching through shields. You’re taking shields off people and using them on people. So it’s kind of more fun to play."
When talking about Talos' M.O. and his relationship with The Kree, he said:
"Look…. [long sigh] We gotta deal with the Kree. The Kree are punks. And the Skrulls, I mean, we’re just misunderstood. At the end of the day, the Skrull is really misunderstood. Look, I don’t want to curse in print or anywhere else, but if I could, I would about the Kree. Yeah. I would."
And here the actor discusses the relationship between The Skrulls and Captain Marvel:
"You’ve gotta be a bit more careful of Carol than the Kree. But I think as far as we’re concerned in the Skrull world, she’s kind of like a major obstacle. I still think we can take her. If we had to — if we had to, had to, had to — we could take Carol. I like Skrulls a lot more now that they’ve asked me kindly to come and represent. But I was always aware of what punks the Kree were. I mean, why would you try and start a war with the Skrulls? What sort of an idiot is gonna try to start a war with us? Ugh, please. Go get some help from Captain Marvel."
Ben Mendelsohn has obviously had a great time taking on the role of Talos in Captain Marvel. He certainly loves to use that word... Skrullin'!