In anticipation of the premiere of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” Entertainment Weekly unveiled a very, very excellent interview with executive producer Joss Whedon that covers everything from his involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the one time he got mugged in New York City at age 13. While the whole, lengthy piece is worth a read, there were a few moments that stuck out as being not the run-of-the-mill Whedon discussion topics.
At one point in the interview, the reporter brought up the time Whedon said his all-male boarding school in England access to good pot. When he asked “The Avengers 2” director if he still dabbles in the drug, Whedon was completely candid.
“I think weed’s a fine thing, for the enjoyment of and, occasionally, for thinking about movies,” Whedon says. “I don’t use it socially because it does not improve my socializing. And I never, ever smoke unless it’s the last thing I do that day because there’s a long period of stupid that comes after it that’s pretty useless. You don’t need it, but every now and then it takes you to a different place.”
He even goes as far as to say that there are “one or two” specific ideas he credits to smoking marijuana, though he won’t say which they were.
Whedon also discusses the way “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” paved the way for other projects like “The Twilight Saga” and “The Vampire Diaries,” though he thinks they missed exactly what made “Buffy” so seminal.
“The thing about Buffy for me is — on a show-by-show basis — are there female characters who are being empowered, who are driving the narrative? The ‘Twilight’ thing, and a lot of these franchise attempts coming out, everything rests on what this girl will do, but she’s completely passive or not really knowing what the hell is going on,” he says. “That’s incredibly frustrating to me because a lot of what’s taken on the oeuvre of ‘Buffy’ is actually a reaction against it. Everything is there except for the Buffy. A lot of things aimed at the younger kids is just ‘Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie.'”
Other great lines from the interview include:
– On his father and grandfather being in the industry: “I’m well aware when they fired the starting gun I was halfway down the track, but I still ran as fast as I could for 25 years.”
– On a reporter telling him in 2003 that his hope of making blockbuster movies was “completely unrealistic”: “Nice. In your face, some guy!”
– On “The Avengers”: “The fact that I got to write ‘puny god’ made me very happy. That was me rubbing my fingers together in a Burns-ian super-villain fashion.”
– On Marvel keeping an eye on his plans for “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”: “I’m not just going ‘This sounds cool and nobody says I can’t, so wheeeeee, look at me fail!'”
– On what advice he’s learned from his past that he will apply to his future in TV: “Well, don’t work for Fox.”
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” premieres on ABC on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET.