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Robert Downey Jr. Was The Only Cast Member to Read the Full Avengers: Endgame Script

April 18, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Avengers: Endgame

According to Joe and Anthony Russo, there was only one cast member who read the full script for Avengers: Endgame, and he wears a metal suit. The co-directors spoke with Rotten Tomatoes for a new interview and revealed that Robert Downey Jr. “was probably the only one to actually read the entire script” for the film.

Joe added, “I think Benedict [Cumberbatch] got the script that included his scenes only. Maybe [Chris] Evans might have read the script.”

Clarifying why they went to such lengths of secrecy, Anthony Russo said that it was to make the cast’s lives easier. “Part of our motivation to do that is it just takes a lot of pressure off of people,” he said. “It is hard to constantly censor yourself about what you’re saying, how you talk. These movies are your whole life, it’s everything you’re doing all day long. The inclination is to talk about it. So we take a lot of pressure off of people by just saying, OK, the less you know the less you have to mind yourself.”

Joe added, “[Chris] Hemsworth’s character, Thor, doesn’t need to know what Captain America’s doing for most of Infinity War. Hemsworth reads his scenes and Evans reads his scenes. If they don’t read the rest of the movie, they don’t know what’s going on with it, then it makes them easier to have conversations with people. [We] kept it going, even more so in Endgame. [There are] more secrets in Endgame than there are in Infinity War.”

The cast will get to know what they didn’t get a chance to read when Avengers: Endgame opens on April 26th.

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