A couple of weeks ago it was confirmed that perma-villain Mark Strong had been cast in Martin Campbell’s upcoming comic film, Green Lantern. The British actor recently spilled the beans on how close Campbell’s vision for his character Sinestro will stay to the actual comic and it sounds pretty accurate. Fanboys, brace yourselves…
In Green Lantern, Strong’s character starts off as Hal Jordan’s mentor who eventually becomes a permanent thorn in the hero’s side. The character is very strict and is a slight douchebag by intergalactic standards but there’s no doubt in my mind that the actor can pull it off. He’s been submerging himself in the source material and it sounds like he has a decent understanding of where Sinestro comes from and where eventually goes.
“Sinestro starts out as Hal Jordan’s mentor, slightly suspicious and not sure of him because obviously Hal is the first human being who’s made into a Green Lantern. He’s certainly very strict and certainly unsure of the wisdom of Hal becoming a Green Lantern.” “He is a military guy but isn’t immediately bad,” continued Strong. “It’s the kind of person he is that lends himself to becoming bad over the course of the comics being written, but initially he’s quite a heroic figure.”
Strong appears to have a handle on what makes this guy tick. Not only does he have the mental and emotional stuff down but he confirmed that he was recently fitted for special contact lenses that will give him Sinestro’s piercing eyes. Even though several paparazzi photos have already surfaced with Ryan Reynolds‘ on the Green Lantern set, Strong won’t start filming until June. He’s busy wrapping up his stint on Disney’s John Carter of Mars.
Green Lantern is scheduled to hit theaters on June 17, 2011.
What do you think of Strong’s interpretation of Sinestro? Is he right on the money?
Source: USA Weekend