Joss Whedon’s fans have been happily cheering on the writer, director and producer since the early days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer–back when the series debuted on television in 1996–but after the success of The Avengers earlier this year, it seems like the world is finally starting to understand why Whedon has such a strong group of fans behind him, and why his favorite actors are willing to take on any role that he offers.
As the cast of Whedon’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing walked the red carpet for the film’s debut at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, I spoke to the stars about the challenges of making the film in just twelve days around Whedon’s own home, and what it was like working with the classic dialogue. Since it was such a unique opportunity to speak to almost the entire cast of one of Whedon’s films, I also asked what makes the director such an inspiring filmmaker for his actors, which provoked a lot of interesting responses.
Joining the cast on the red carpet was also producer Kai Cole–Whedon’s wife and partner at Bellwether Pictures, the micro-studio behind Much Ado About Nothing–who talked about their company’s goals, and what made this production different.
Watch the interviews below with Cole, in addition to Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, Riki Lindhome, and Alexis Denisof, and see what they had to say about working with Whedon for this modern retelling of classic Shakespeare.
Much Ado About Nothing interviews: