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ZACHARY LEVI: Loving the Unlovable, Making Room for Peace, Shazam! Sequel, and Sandwich Artistry
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Zachary Levi talks SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & CAPTAIN AMERICA auditions
- Published on May 29, 2023 veröffentlicht
- Zachary Levi chats about his journey towards self love and acceptance, finding the role that suits him so well in SHAZAM!, plus his favorite games and the superhero auditions that didn't pan out.
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01:00 Staying sane on the press tour
05:01 Being grateful
07:27 Learning to love himself
16:38 Starlord/Captain America auditions
25:52 Joy on set
28:20 Helen Mirren
30:36 Wonder Woman cameo
33:18 James Gunn
36:13 Loving musicals and superheroes as a kid
40:24 Favorite games
43:18 The Last of Us
Comments • 64
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Zachary Levi is speaking honesty and from the heart.
Zac is so perfect for the role of Shazam and it's so refreshing to see such beautiful family oriented take on Superhero movies without going too dark.
I've got a few mins left in this interview but I just have to say I was very much surprised listening to Zach. I had heard him in a couple interviews before, but he seems so open and self aware in the most important ways, I feel like a lot of people could learn from the way he carries himself, and views the industry and his place within it. Hearing him talk about receiving criticism online, auditioning at different points in his life, learning and going through major transitional periods, all the while he seems very kind and personable. I do think he has the chops to be considered for a new role at DC Studios, but even if it doesn't happen, he seems very grateful for all the blessings and lessons he's had at this point. All considering the time, resources, and budget, I love the first Shazam, and although I've been busy working, 'm finally going to see fury of the gods in a couple hours
Zach is exactly the right person for Shazam, it's one of those things where you can't imagine anyone else in that role. I'm happy for him.
he's really energentic
Unfortunately it's been a bummer for him tho. I actually really loved both movies. Especially the sequel, however the masses don't agree ☹️
His memoir was great and introspective. I appreciate that he’s not the stereotypical celebrity/Hollywood star. He’s done the work and continues to do the work to improve himself and love himself. I admire and adore him. Great interview, Josh!! Appreciate that you have a variety of celebrity guests on your podcast-will be watching my favs now that I discovered your video interviews ❤
Levi seems like a nice guy but he should not blame toxic fans if his movies don't do well at the box office. He needs to face the fact that the movie didn't meet some fans' expectations and move on from it. I can say that I saw both Shazam movies and while I liked the first one a lot, I found the disconnect between Levi's performance as Shazam and the other actor playing Billy to be too different and it was quite jarring. It seemed Billy was much more mature and it didn't fit that Shazam would be a lot less mature. I think many people are also experiencing fatigue from all the CGI in movies today and it seems that there is no care in crafting the movies and simply putting out products for steaming. BTW, I don't think James Gunn did you any favors by implying that Shazam would be rebooted after this movie.
I agree with you on Levi. Personally, I find there’s no depth to the Shazam movies. Marvel studio sure knows what they want for both Cap Am and Star Lord. I am glad that they didn’t cast Levi on either roles. He emotionally exaggerates in acting.
dont know why but Ive always pictured him to be Mr.Fantastic,,he is a great guy,big up Zach🔥🔥
I still find it crazy that DJ Catrona and Adam Brody went from almost being Superman (DJ Catrona) and The Flash (Adam Brody) in George Miller’s Justice League Mortal, to now being superheroes in the Shazam franchise.
Love both Shazam movies!!!! Well done movies with heart and action. Highly recommend.
i was pretty underwhelmed by the first one and bored by the second one...but damn it, I ADORE this man, so I'll keep going to see him as the Big Red Cheese and any other part he does!
The first one was great tho. It didn't click for me the first time I saw it but then boom, I loved it.
Great conversation. Been watching your interviews and also a subscriber for some time and feels really good to interact with actors in long talks . Good
Zachary is a cool ass dude. Great conversation
It would be interesting to sit them together with Henry Cavill and let them just talk about games :D
I loved him as Eugene Fitzherbert
So glad that he is able to share this information so honestly, which may help others.
He helped me through a difficult time. (i was suffering from depression from 2016 to early 2019) I’ve read his story about the struggles he faced and it made me cry because i thought i’m not alone anymore.
I decided to go to therapy, lose weight, helping people in need, etc.
In short: i’m forever grateful to him for saving my life.
And i’ve had the pleasure of meeting him at the Fury of the Gods premiere in Rome earlier this month.
He’s a very sweet and kind man, I talked to him for 3 minutes thanking him for inspiring me to change my life for the better and he signed Radical Love (the book he wrote) which is a fantastic piece about self-help.
Once again, he helped me to love life again.
Saw the film on Friday, it’s such a great movie!
"nooo they write bad things about me on the Internet, I will whine about it for two minutes, although no one asked me!"
Levi must feel powerless and that tearing other people down helps him feel bolstered😢
Thanks Josh that was great. I enjoyed this very much. 👍🏻
Zach seems great. It isn’t fans fault he was in two bad movies
Zach is an extremely good looking man! Everything about him is hot. Love that he did the work on himself to clear out his baggage to be more magnificent in his life. 🙏❤️🙏
I’m a fan of snyderverse not snyder may be , but I liked shazam 1 and 2 but it was levi who made fun of snydercut because he played a puppet of old regime he said it doesn’t exist etc etc in the promotions of his 1st film . It doesn’t even concern him, he couldn’t have cared less but yet he went on and said things. And it upsets snyderverse fans because that was the only cohesive thing present atleast until shazam 1( even now tho). But Levi somehow felt he can promote the new walter verse through his SHAZAM1 promotions. And now he acts like fans are being toxic, when he who was clearly the one started it. Atleast he could have stayed silent after the relese of snydercut, but he went on and talked how snyderverse is dark toxic not how it should have been and how it is supposed to be etc etc. Not everyone takes it lightly like I did and just enjoy his films right. Fans are being fans and acted against him because he talked stuff against them. And I blame Levi for ruining his good films with unnecessary twitter fights.
Great convo Josh!
What a big cute boy when talking about games lol. He IS the ideal Shazam!
He did not just say the second one was better. Gameplay wise. YES. Story wise. No no
Many agree but you do u
some people on tv lack killer charisma for some reason, they are still being pushed into new projects, but customers are apathetic. levi is one of them
I just realized Zach and I are actually of the same age, AND were huge Mario Kart 64 fans, AND HUUUUGE Hades fans (I completed it and done more than 1200 runs on it, each run playing for approximatively 30 to 40 mins, I let you do the math on how much time I spent on it ! This game is the videogame equivalent of crack, it's so good it just keeps pulling you in !).
I'm super sad Shazam 2 is bombing so hard at the box office. None of the people who have worked on it deserved this. You can tell, just by their onscreen and offscreen chemistry that everybody had a blast working on it and all of them absolutely loved it ! And the movie, while having its flaws, still is better than a good 80% of what both Marvel and DC have given us in recent years. It's one of those movies that has heart, and that is rare enough in nowadays superheroes movies landscape.
Where's the timestamp I'm looking for?
WB was flooded with hate mail when Keaton was cast as Batman. He proved people wrong by being awesome at it, and won everyone over. He's now the most popular Batman of all time and the only reason people will see The Flash.
Trying to intellectualize why fans do what they do, or making excuses for why your work didn't meet expectations is redundant. The simplest explanation is often the correct one. Some people may not be great at expressing themselves and being too harsh or cruel in their criticisms, but if both the critics and the general consensus are split, then perhaps the movie really is not the best that it could've been and the criticism is in fact warranted, regardless of whether you did your best in it or not.
The best thing to do is not beat yourself up over the things that you have no control over, and move on to better and greener pastures.
there is a line the wizard says to Shazam wen he asks wizard to take all his powers back..
it's not ur brain ...Your heart is Wise!
and that's the main msg of this film..the crux!
and trust me no one cud do this role of Shazam better than Zac!
those who cudnt handle the film didn't even understand what the film is about...and without understanding or may be not properly watching the movie..criticized and judged the movie?
OMG he literally antagonized Snyder fans, laughed about it… and now he’s playing the victim. He incorporated himself into the middle of the disputes. Notice gadot, mamoa, Idris, cena… none of them got trolled. But Mr High and Mighty decided to troll and now he’s a victim? LMFAO!!!!
Thankfully we are done with Levy after his movies horrific performance . I would not be surprised if he’s kept around since Gunn & Safran have shown nepotism is their guiding principle.
Bro relax, you’re getting your Snyder cut part 2. Let it be. No need to let out this huff of toxicity
If they were doing a full reboot we would have this problem. Shazam’s box office speaks for itself, and that’s even with China.
Don't antagonise people. Period
You had me at Z...
I mean Zach as Shazam is great. What's not working is the writing in the movie.
Both movies have been plagued by mediocre villains who add nothing going forward. They are more like obstacles.
Now a Shazam movie with black Adam as the antagonist, hype. Sad that the rock, and the studios had other plans. Opportunity missed actually
Is he literally calling out the Snyder fans?
He’s talking about the marks in all the various comment sections and is absolutely right. They are miserable, powerless, hopeless people.
@ChrisGoodman thought it was a minority and couldn't hurt the movie 😐
@The Razter it’s pretty pathetic they’re blaming us Snyder heads except they aren’t going to see it. I’m taking everyone I know it’ll be 4x soon
@ChrisGoodman yeah he's just pushing away more people, I want the Snyderverse to continue, and I loved Shazam, and would love to see his Shazam being part of that JL, but acting like that doesn't really help his image
@The Razter damned if he does damned if he doesn’t . It’s a shit show out here
SHAZAM!! FURY OF THE GODS: Global box office $70 million...and counting.👍😅👈👉😢👎
Zachary mocked fans first, and now play victim. Its called KARMA bro.. what you do goes back to you. Also the reason your movie flop, is because you dont have much star power like others DC leads. Dont blame the fans 😅
most fans deserved to be mocked , like snyder fans ( not all).
@kenny thought it was just a minority
He won’t have to worry about it any longer
Zachary levi what about your flop movie shazam fury of the fallen!! Ha ha ha!! The situation with warner and shazam is everything everywhere all in trash!!!!
Another amazing conversation. Ahem, I mean an "Unpack with Zach".....One day, he'll have his own podcast.
@joshuahorowitz Would you be a guest?
Thanks! Sure. Sign me up. 😀