One of the most real things of all time in a Marvel movie happens in “Black Widow” when Alexei, the beefy Russian superoperator of David Harbor, has a hard time sneaking into his Red Guardian costume because he doesn’t. haven’t worn it for a long time.
After a year during the COVID-19 lockdown, when many people are currently debating whether their pre-quarantine wardrobe is still suitable, “it’s very prescient,” the “Stranger Things” star says with a chuckle . “Who knew we would go through this? This scene takes on additional resonance.
While “Black Widow” (in theaters and on Disney + now) is Scarlett Johansson’s first solo superhero film, the 6ft 3in port steals many scenes as the father figure of their main character. spy days. A selfish Russian version of Captain America (but with a good heart under all his tattoos), Alexei was released from prison by his “daughters” – Natasha (Johansson) and Yelena (Florence Pugh) – and reunited with his former partner Melina (Rachel Weisz ) to confront the secret organization responsible for the shady widows program.
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“He’s stuck in his life and he has tremendous shame, guilt and remorse, but… he’s so invested in his own narcissism that he thinks nothing is wrong,” Harbor, 46, says of his character. “He thinks he’s a big guy, then the family tells him there is more to do and he should get over (his ego).”
Harbor, who married British singer Lily Allen last September and also stars in Steven Soderbergh’s “No Sudden Move” (streamed on HBO Max), discusses her “Black Widow” diet, her musical side and the upcoming stage for his character from “Stranger Things” Sheriff Jim Hopper.
Q: How does the Red Guardian costume stack up against your other iconic costumes like Hopper and Hellboy?
David Harbor: This is one of the best things I have ever worn. It’s like a super sleeper. And I was very flattered. The guys (in costume) were nice and they butter me up and they really liked doing it for a big guy. They were like, “With some of them we put the wrong muscles in, but you have those big shoulders. That’s good. “I was like,” Yeah, guys talk to me. “(Laughs)
Q: Did you still have to go through the Marvel fitness routine?
Harbor: I could eat whatever I wanted, he’s supposed to be fat, but I did a lot of training to get as good as possible at the minimal stunt stuff I had to do. They got me started in boxing and working with a little bit of Russian sambo like flips and things like that. I absolutely loved boxing to the point that I continue to do so now. Most of my Marvel training was just to convince the stuntmen to put the stuntman in and (that) they don’t need to really see my face.
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Q: So what are you splurging on with a diet that involves eating what you want?
Harbor: If I eat alone, whatever I want, I really have a sweet tooth. It’s bad. I’m not a salty guy. I don’t care about chips and stuff, but you give me baked goods – in particular, I love cakes and donuts – and I could kill myself with sugar.
Q: How difficult was the Russian accent for you?
Harbor: There are a lot of sounds that Russians make that the American dialect doesn’t. For some of those throaty throaty things, it was very difficult. But eventually you just start to take on a character attitude and a vibe and the way they sit and the way they behave. It helps me a lot.
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Q: You can sing “American Pie” with Florence with that accent. Is this your first time singing for a role?
Harbor: I sang with a little Jim Croce last year in “Stranger Things”. I sing awfully in a lot of different stuff now. I guess this is my new brand.
Q: Can’t you take lessons from your wife?
Harbor: (Laughs) She’s not at all interested in helping me with that.
Q: A teaser for the upcoming fourth season of “Stranger Things” shows Hopper in a Soviet prison in Siberia. Is this one of your favorite seasons?
Harbor: I love it. This season is so enjoyable, it’s epic on a scale we’ve never had. Pleasant is a strange word: it was not easy. It was a lot of cold nights, sometimes we are in crazy snowy environments and in real prisons (in Lithuania). And even where Hopper is in his life, he’s in a dark, fragile, vulnerable place to the point where he’s got a shaved head and he’s almost like a baby. He’s finding out about himself and what he is, and we’re also going to see a lot of the dark Hopper stories that we’ve only hinted at. It is not “happy” pleasant, but pleasant in terms of eating a heavy meal.