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‘Avengers’ boss Whedon makes ‘Much Ado’ about Bard

…”When we showed up for the first day of filming, everyone was like, oh, a real movie. We weren’t sure if it was Joss with a flip camera,” Acker said. “And when we got there, there was a crew and craft service and trucks and lights, so it was for real. Luckily, he only gave us about two weeks’ notice and he didn’t give us enough time to panic and realize, oh, we’re playing these majorly important and great parts. We just had to learn the lines and do it.”

It still was a do-it-yourself affair, shot in just 12 days, with Whedon also producing and composing the music, as well as editing the film with a colleague during lunch breaks and weekends while he was finishing “The Avengers.”

Whedon was shopping the film around at the Toronto festival to find a distributor, hoping for a theatrical release, and by late Tuesday, it had already been sold to Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions for release in North America.

But even before the sale, Whedon counted “Much Ado” as a project that had already paid off.

“It was the best vacation I ever took,” Whedon said. “I’ve literally never been happier. Every day, my best friends that I hadn’t seen since I’d been away doing ‘Avengers’ for so long came to my house to do my two favorite pastimes, film and Shakespeare. And then often dance all night.”

Source: The Detroit News