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Monday, May 30, 2011

More From Mark Strong On The Complex Character Of Green Lantern's Sinestro!

From Speakeasy by Josh Wilding

The actor reveals a few new minor details on the relationship between Hal, Sinestro and the rest of the Corps, as well as the prosthetics, green screen and faithfulness to the comicbooks...


Talking to Speakeasy (part of The Wall Street Journal) on the set of the movie last year, British actorMark Strong once again talked about his role as the soon to be villainous, Sinestro. While we've already heard a fair bit from him these past few months, there are a few more interesting tidbits in the following excerpts which shed some more light on both the character and behind-the-scenes effects that were used to bring him to life on the big screen. To read more, simply click on the link below to head on over to the site.

On The Relationship Between Hal, Sinestro And The Other Corps:

Kilowog is his physical trainer and Tomar Re is his spiritual guide, but I think Sinestro doesn’t really put him through his paces in terms of training as such. There is a scene where they meet on what are called the training platforms where Tomar Re and Kilowog are putting him through his paces and Sinestro introduces himself to Hal in a very physical way, is the best way of putting it. And it’s all to do with his feelings about the death of Abin Sur, his personal mentor. And his attitude towards humans becoming members of the Core, and it’s pretty explosive. And at that stage, I’m not even sure he believes Hal is going to survive. So he is not a trainer in a sense, but he’s certainly a hard taskmaster.

On Whether The Large Amount Of Prosthetics Made His Job Harder Or Easier:

I don’t know if it gives me an advantage, but it doesn’t faze me. And I’m sure you’re partly right because if you grow up doing ten or fifteen years of theatre, you know it’s not real, you know you’re in a room, you can see the front row of the audience, you can see the lights, you know the minute you walk off stage there’s a props table where you get your gear. You walk on pretending you’ve just been somewhere else, it’s not real it’s about imagination, and the fact that people can go in a room and switch the lights off and watch another bunch of people pretending to be other people and be transported, in terms of a story, is fascinating to me and having experienced it, being in a blue box pretending to be an alien, it’s the same thing.

On How The Prosthetics Affected His Performance:

It’s not trouble, but you have to rethink the way you use your face. We take for granted the fact that you communicate with people by your eyes, your eyebrows, your brow, how you are using your face. Suddenly when you have a prosthetic, that changes, because what you are doing underneath the prosthetic is not necessarily what’s registering out there. So you have to learn different ways of communicating, which I’ve had to do with the way he tilts his head, the way he catches the light. It’s been fascinating.

On The Faithfulness To The Comic Books:

Think the source material in itself is gold dust, so it’s not difficult to want to be true to it. And I’ve acquainted myself with it because… it’s interesting to know where it comes from.

With an all star cast which includes Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Blake Lively as Carol Ferris and Mark Strong as Sinestro, director Martin Campbell's Green Lantern is set to be released in 3D on June 17, later this year!
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