The Shawarma scene from The Avengers is almost as popular as the rest of the movie. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently spoke to appeared on the Maltin podcast and talked about how the scene itself was conceived.
“We used to talk about, as I was saying earlier, the fun of the characters. We used to talk about the Avengers riding a bus together, or the Avengers all sitting around at a dinner table together, and they are around a table on a helicarrier briefly in the movie but we never quite have done, something about these spectacular extraordinary people doing the most mundane thing possible.”
Feige goes on to say how Joss Whedon mentioned in passing how they should just have the gang sitting around eating shawarma and the idea stuck.
“I think Joss [Whedon] said “we should’ve had them eating shawarma at the end. Just all exhausted” and I said, “That’s the greatest idea I’ve ever heard in my entire life.” I said, of course, we have to do that, and the thought was well you can’t get all of them together now. And then executive producer Jeremy Latch went to my then assistant Jonathan Schwartz and said, or maybe he was an associate producer on Avengers and said “the premiere is going to be at the El Capitan. Get a map and find every shawarma restaurant in a two block radius of the El Capitan. He went okay and goes into his car. He takes all these pictures, comes back, and says “Joss, take a look and choose which location do you want”, and he looks and goes “for the shawarma scene?” He said, “you guys are crazy! Can we actually do that?”
Feige continues and says the first actor he talked to about the idea was Robert Downey Jr.
“Go get a van, take them from the junket, get in costume, take them to this shawarma restaurant. It’s only one shot, shoot it, and have it. I called Robert [Downey Jr.] first and said “Robert we have this idea. to go from the junket to shooting and you’re just there eating shawarma and he goes, “Well that’s so crazy we have to do it.” So cut to a few weeks later and all the Avengers are sitting around this shawarma restaurant eating it. Chris Evans has a giant beard as he often grows for other films in between movies, he had a big beard. So we put this prosthetic face on him that looked horrific, which is why if you watch the scene again he’s covering his face.”
And that’s how the whole thing came together. Who knew such a short and simple scene could have turned out to be so memorable?
The Avengers is currently available to own on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital HD.
Source: Maltin Podcast via Nerdist