You Can Thank Nicholas Brendon’s Buffy Audition For The Avengers‘ Shwarma Joke
If we did a roundup of Best Movie Scenes of 2012, the post-credits shwarma scene from The Avengers would be near the top. It was a simple, wordless, hilarious bit of comic gold, classic Joss Whedon. At the time of the movie’s release, all the press said that Robert Downey Jr. ad-libbed the line while playing Tony Stark in the aftermath of the huge battle. But we’ve since learned that not only did it come from Whedon himself, but it came from Whedon circa 2003.
Sharp-eyed YouTuber Buffyfan45 was watching the special features from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and happened upon this interview with Whedon and Nicholas Brendon, who of course we all grew up loving as the show’s celebrated normal guy Xander Harris. They’re fondly remembering Nicholas’ audition for the show back in the mid-’90s, which he mostly screwed up. But of course he got the part, so what happened?
“I will tell you the word that probably changed your life,” Whedon says. “Shwarma.”
As Nicholas laughs along, Whedon tells the whole story: “We brought him in, we weren’t sure, we had other people, it wasn’t a slam dunk, it almost never is. Nicky just tore the place apart, was just weird. We hadn’t seen it before. And afterwards he was like, ‘Does anybody feel like shawarma? I feel like some shawarma.’”
See the rest of the story here: The Avengers’ Shwarma Scene Came From Nicholas Brendon Buffy Audition.