Last week while attending #ChristopherRobinEvent, our group also spent some time celebrating the upcoming release of Avengers : Infinity Wars with a trip to Madame Tussauds in Hollywood! Not only did we get to experience the really cool Marvel area in Madame Tussauds, but we got to interview Executive Producer Trinh Tran. I want to share a little about why Madame Tussauds needs to be on your family trip to Hollywood bucket list. I am also excited to share a bit about Infinity Wars and our interview with Trinh. Hearing from the makers of a film always gives me an even greater appreciation for the art form. Here are the highlights of that day!
Madame Tussauds is a really fun and interactive attraction that you can visit in many different cities. The Hollywood Madame Tussauds is (in my opinion) the most fun because so many figures are celebrities and Hollywood is of course the epicenter of celebrities in real life. There are literally hundreds of wax figures that are so incredibly life-like. Marvel fans will love the room completely dedicated to Marvel superheroes.
Because Avengers : Infinity Wars comes to BluRay next week (more on the bonus features later!), it seemed fitting to sit down and speak with the Executive Producer of the film. Trinh Tran reflected on her time with Marvel and specifically on this film that shocked Marvel fans everwhere! Her love for her work and the Marvel universe was evident and inspiring.
When asked if there had been any bizarre or memorable fan reactions, her answer was surprising!
Trinh “You know what? I have been trying to avoid the public to be honest with you. After the opening I was really nervous about how everybody was going to respond to the ending and it actually feels really weird because I can’t believe I can actually talk about it now. For the longest time, even during the Press tour, we couldn’t say anything and for 2 years, we had to keep mum about all the spoilers so this is actually one of my very first few times actually being able to talk about it and be open about it. Sometimes I’m going to be hesitant because I’m still used to the fact that can I say that? Wait a minute, the movie is out. But I think everybody just embracing it, which is really shocking and great because a lot of fan favorites didn’t make it. Whether it was Peter Parker or Quill but whomever it is, they didn’t survive the ending and I think that the shock is that the bad guy won. So I think just seeing that is being that the audience was OK with it was really weird.”
She was asked how they made decisions for who survived Infinity War. It might heal some fan’s hearts a bit to hear that it was a very difficult decision. She shared that watching Peter Parker die was the hardest for her personally, but that there was just no way around it.
Trinh “It was pretty difficult. Sitting in the story meeting we really had to make the decision of yes, who we want to survive so that we could tell the next story and we sat there and we boarded out, we brainstormed, we’d sit in the room, we hash it out every single day, involvement in pre-production and it was really trying to figure out how this was going to connect to Avengers 4 and we wanted to be able to tell a story, you know, I won’t get into it much because I don’t want to spoil anything but there is a specific reason why some of these people survive.”
My favorite questions for women in the entertainment industry always centers around what advice they have for those who want to do what they do. The answers are always inspiring and heart felt.
“You know what? I would say, Oh My God, I would say a lot of things. I think first of all, I would say don’t worry. Just go on a journey and don’t worry about the outcome because ten years ago, never did I imagine that I would be right here producing two of the biggest Marvel Movies. I thought, Kevin was crazy at one point when he said, “Do you want to do it, do you want to spearhead this Movie?” You want me to what? And I think also just embrace your difference. You know, as I mentioned earlier, films are stronger when ideas are generated and questioned by different perspectives.
Who we are and the way we think, is really important and it matters, so as a female and as a minority, I think it’s so important that I embrace it. I’m learning that every day too is that it’s OK to be in a room, and sometimes I am among all males who some of them have over 20 years of experience and I’m sitting there and sometimes I feel a little intimidated. And it’s like do I speak up? No I can’t but it’s all about if you let your perspective shine, there’s a great story that can we can all agree will be great.”
Her words were inspiring to everyone in the room. I didn’t know it was possible, but I feel like we are all even more excited about Infinity Wars coming to BluRay!
A big thank you to Trinh Tran for the inspiration, and to Madame Tussauds for such a fun morning!