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Mark Strong fought against Sinestro's ponytail and won

Jun. 15, 2011by:

Hey remember that version of Sinestro that had a ponytail? Yeah, I don't either. But you can still try for it, right? Sorry, you can't pull that shit with Mark Strong.

The actor did enjoy his time in the make-up chair, but when the idea of a goatee and ponytail came into play (is this the 90's?) he had to decline, Early on in the concept stage for the film, they took him into a different direction. He had a goatee and a long ponytail and just a different visage, really, and I was quite adamant that if we were going to do this you better re-create the comic or one of the most popular versions of the comic through the years or you risk a big misstep. The comic book character [created in 1961] was based on David Niven with the pencil mustache and all. Green Lantern was based on Paul Newman and Carol Ferris [played by Blake Lively in the new film] was based on Liz Taylor. So in a way it was a movie cast that became a comic book and now is going to be a film.

Mark Strong gets it and he didn't even read comics, "There are a lot of interesting places this could go, as readers of the comics know. Myself, I wasnt a comic book reader, I was in England. The comics there were Whizzer and Chips and things like that, not really the superhero stuff. Marvel and DC were around but they were really exotic stuff, to me at least, and I didnt have any older brothers or anyone to indoctrinate me into that world. So all of that was a bit of a mystery to me. So it was only recently that I delved into this world and I was amazed at how enthusiastic people are for it. Some people live and breathe this stuff.

Last year on the set of GREEN LANTERN, Strong talked about how much he loved seeing himself physically change whether it was from make-up or a new medium, Ive learned that Im the kind of actor who loves transformation. Wearing someone elses clothes, someone elses hair, somebody elses face, thats very interesting to me and I think its because I come from the theater. When I was in drama school I played 70-year-old characters and it was the accumulation of makeup and costume and wigs that allowed me to do that and find the performance. If you approach that digitally also, its not any different to me. In fact its exciting because its new and offers so much possibility. You can change physiology.

Extra Tidbit: For those of you who haven't check it out yet, Jimmy-O's review of GREEN LANTERN is here.
Source: LA Times

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9:15AM on 06/16/2011
at least they didnt make the green lantern a black guy! o wait...
at least they didnt make the green lantern a black guy! o wait...
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10:44AM on 06/16/2011
There is a black Green Lantern, genius. His name is Jon Stewart.
There is a black Green Lantern, genius. His name is Jon Stewart.
5:44PM on 05/14/2013
i guess nobody got the joke. (this was back when everyone was crazy about idris elba as heimdall i think).
i guess nobody got the joke. (this was back when everyone was crazy about idris elba as heimdall i think).
2:05AM on 06/16/2011
Like JoeChar4321 said. Man is this movie bad or what!!! Not that it's a surprise from what we had been seeing over the last year or so.
Like JoeChar4321 said. Man is this movie bad or what!!! Not that it's a surprise from what we had been seeing over the last year or so.
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1:59AM on 06/16/2011

He has the right idea.

I love when people respect the source material. Good work, Strong. You're the man.
I love when people respect the source material. Good work, Strong. You're the man.
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12:39AM on 06/16/2011
Apparently he should have fought his agent and stayed away from this train wreck altogether.
Apparently he should have fought his agent and stayed away from this train wreck altogether.
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10:28PM on 06/15/2011

rudimentary education....

Smiert fought rudimentary education, and
ignorance won!
Smiert fought rudimentary education, and...highest achieved level of education is 1st grade education woonnn!

its spelled "suits".
extravagant hotel rooms do not run movie studios.
Smiert fought rudimentary education, and
ignorance won!
Smiert fought rudimentary education, and...highest achieved level of education is 1st grade education woonnn!

its spelled "suits".
extravagant hotel rooms do not run movie studios.
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10:39PM on 06/15/2011
I hope your mother dies a long, painful, AIDs related death :)
I hope your mother dies a long, painful, AIDs related death :)
10:51AM on 06/16/2011
I'm embarrassed for both of you.
I'm embarrassed for both of you.
10:26PM on 06/15/2011
Strong's such a G. Even if the movie is the bullshit some are saying it is he'll no doubt steal the show.
Strong's such a G. Even if the movie is the bullshit some are saying it is he'll no doubt steal the show.
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9:53PM on 06/15/2011

This is news because....?

I'll file this under "Who Gives a Shit? I came for a story..."
I'll file this under "Who Gives a Shit? I came for a story..."
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7:54PM on 06/15/2011

Strong fought the suits, and....

Strong won!

Strong fought the suits and...Strong woonnnn!
Strong won!

Strong fought the suits and...Strong woonnnn!
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8:28PM on 06/15/2011
Mark Strong fought a set of rooms, and won?
Mark Strong fought a set of rooms, and won?
6:52PM on 06/15/2011
one of my pet hates are guys with ponytails and they all seem to have the personality of a wet blanket,Now Women with ponytails that's another story.Strong made the right choice
one of my pet hates are guys with ponytails and they all seem to have the personality of a wet blanket,Now Women with ponytails that's another story.Strong made the right choice
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