When we call him Jonny Weston is busy watching “Scooby Doo.”
“I just watch it to decompress,” the actor says, talking to us after an intense weekend promoting the third “Divergent” film, “Allegiant,” in which he plays Edgar, an intense bruiser with a thin Mohawk. In the second film “Insurgent” he was a member of the rebellion; in the third he’s an enforcer for the fascistic rebel leader played by Naomi Watts, hunting down our heroes, including Shailene Woodley’s Tris and Theo James “Four.”
But back to cartoons. In addition to being a “Scooby Doo” nut, he’s way into “Rik and Morty,” the Adult Swim great about a mad scientist grandfather and ever-nervous grandson traveling between planets and dimensions. “One of my goals when I get older is to play Rik in real life,” Weston says. Failing that, he wouldn’t mind just doing animated voicework. “I’d get to show up for work looking horrible, eating Doritos all day. I could get horribly fat and have this great career in cartoons.”
Anyone who does animated voicework will tell you about how it involves saying whatever and having no idea what will end up in the finished product. But don’t assume live-action work means having a sense of control.
“Oh, I gave that feeling up in live-action long ago,” he says. Even on “Allegiant,” director Robert Schwentke would shoot and shoot, having the actor try countless different things in character. “I’d produce as much variety while still being within the boundaries of Edgar. But then I wouldn’t know what takes he was going to use,” Weston says. “I saw this movie a couple days ago, and he used my best takes.”