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Josh Brolin almost backed out of ‘Black’

Before the scheduled time for me to begin my interview with Josh Brolin to talk about his upcoming movie, “Gangster Squad,” the actor is standing on the small balcony of his room at the Four Seasons smoking a cigarette. Since the time I have been given with him will be spent talking about the police drama set in Los Angeles, his smoke break is bonus moments and I take the opportunity to tell Brolin how much I enjoyed his work in “Men In Black 3.”

If you haven’t seen the movie, Brolin does a perfect imitation of Tommy Lee Jones as he portrays his Agent K character as a younger man. The impersonation is so perfect, Brolin has been told by many people that they think his voice was redubbed by Jones.

That wasn’t the case. It’s all Brolin.

Doing the impersonation worried him so much, Brolin almost quit the picture seven times.

“It’s one thing to do a Tommy Lee Jones impersonation at a bar after a few drinks. But, this was for a movie that has millions of very loyal fans,” Brolin says.

He was convinced that he was on the right vocal track when on the first day of shooting director Barry Sonnenfeld came from behind the camera with tears of laughter rolling down his face. It’s a good thing Brolin decided to stick with the production because his performance is the best part of the movie.