Anthony Russo: biography, interesting facts and the best films of the director
Director Anthony Russo is best known for films based on Marvel comics, including his work on the tape "Avengers: Endgame", which became one of the highest-grossing films in the history of mankind (the fees amounted to $2,797,501,328). The film held the top spot in terms of earnings at the box office until the re-release of James Cameron's Avatar in China in 2021.
Russo also filmed the previous movie in the superhero adventure story called Avengers: Infinity War. This picture also performed well at the worldwide box office, collecting $2,048,359,754.
In addition to two undeniable hits, the director was remembered by comic book fans for his work on the films Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War.
Filmography and director's life
The life, career and fate of Anthony Russo is inextricably linked with his brother Joe Russo.
Both originally lived in Cleveland, Ohio. In their early years, they managed to enter the Benedictine High School. They turned to cinema later, when they were already graduates of Case University. The brothers began by working on the film Pieces, which they funded by using several credit cards.
With their debut picture, the brothers took part in the film festival, where they were noticed Steven Soderbergh. He approached the duo with an offer to help them as a producer on their next film. Also wanted to participate in the project George Clooney. The second film in the brothers' career was a crime comedy called "Welcome to Collinwood", which starred William H. Macy, Sam Rockwell and Clooney himself.
The FX executive producer liked the duo's new work, and therefore decided to hire them to produce the pilot episode of the television project Lucky. Ron Howard liked the series, after which he helped the Russo brothers get a job at Fox TV channelwhere they set to work on another pilot for the television show Arrested Development. As a result, they received an Emmy award for directing the episode.
Despite working on television, the brothers did not give up trying to shoot films for hire. In 2006, they took part in the work on the comedy film "He, me and his friends". The brothers also produced several seasons of the series Community and Happy Ending on television.
In the summer of 2013, the creation of the film based on the comics The First Avenger: The Winter Soldier was completed, where the brothers took part as directors. It was a project Marvel Studios, it was launched in the spring of 2014.
According to the confessions of the brothers, despite their participation in world-class projects, they themselves most of all like such sitcoms as MASH, Taxi and Merry Company. The Russo family has younger sister Angela Russo-Ostot. She is also involved in film as a screenwriter and producer, working on television with the TV series "V" and "Trust Me".
In the winter of 2014, the Russo brothers returned to work on films about the superhero Captain America, the new film was called "The First Avenger: Confrontation". The work was successfully completed, the film was released in the spring of 2016.
The creative duo Russo is extremely successful, but despite the profits from films about superheroes, the brothers are also interested in side projects. For example, in May 2014, they were appointed directors and screenwriters of the film The Gray Man.
In the future, the directors were engaged in both continuations of the story about the heroes of the Marvel universe, and ordinary films. The brothers also do not bypass serials for television. They have already repeatedly tested themselves as screenwriters, directors and producers.
The best works of the director
Movie "Avengers: Infinity War"
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and others.
Before the viewer is a fantastic story about the attack of an antagonist with a villainous plan of a universal scale: Thanos is fully armed, he attacks and rushes to triumph. This is a kind of prequel to the film that ends the long story.
Film "Avengers: Endgame"
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson.
Continuation of the story of how the heroes of the earth are trying to save the universe from a mass execution. Iron Man, Thor and others are trying to outmaneuver Thanos. An epic conclusion to a superhero franchise. The most successful film in the Marvel Universe in every respect, except for the ratings of the audience and critics.
The film "The First Avenger: Confrontation"
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen and others. The Avengers are divided over the conflict between Captain America and Iron Man: both are looking for a way to secure the Earth, but the views on solving the problem are opposite. Spectacular thriller of the Russo brothers.
The film "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
Cast Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson.
Captain America and Black Widow vs Hydra terrorists. Scarlett Johansson in the sequel to the story of Steve Rogers, the second standalone film about the adventures of Captain America.
Cast: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover.
Grown-up losers go to college and try not to go crazy. Endlessly funny and inventive sitcom. The series has high audience ratings.
The series "Arrested Development"
Cast: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett and Michael Cera.
This is the story of a son's struggle for the survival of his family. The once rich family is on the verge of poverty, the father is lost in himself and goes to prison, and everyone else does not know how to live on.
Interesting facts about the director
- Several times Anthony Russo appeared in the frame as an actor. Unlike his brother Joe, he did it very rarely, there were two such cases: participation in the Avengers: Infinity War mini-series as himself, and voicing a character in the Simpsons series.
- Anthony is the eldest of the Russo brothers: Joe is one year younger than him.
- If you look at all the activity of Anthony in the cinema, it turns out that he most often acted as a producer (39 times), less often as a director (24 times) and even more rarely as a screenwriter (eight times).