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Mark Strong talks about playing Sinestro in Green Lantern

Apr. 7, 2010by: Dave Davis
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British actor Mark Strong has all but mastered the art of nuanced villainy (and wigs), but he's doing it big-time and with intergalactic style in GREEN LANTERN.

Strong is playing Sinestro in DC's first major non-Bat/Super comic adaptation. In case you haven't read any of DC's superhero or can't decipher comic character names, Sinestro is an alien and Lantern Corps member who trains Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) in the use of the power ring, but things eventually turn sour.

Talking to USA Today, Strong breaks it down: "For anybody who’s familiar with the Green Lantern and the origin story, the film closely follows the early comics. 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. 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 also says he wants to do justice to the original concept for Sinestro, who was based on actor David Niven (while Hal Jordan was modeled after Errol Flynn), and will be wearing special contact lenses for his extraterrestrial eyes. No word on the magenta skin.

The 3D movie is currently underway, with director Martin Campbell (CASINO ROYALE) and star Ryan Reynolds, along with Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins, Angela Bassett and Blake Lively.

Extra Tidbit: Strong has been in two movies called SUNSHINE: the 1999 Ralph Fiennes historical drama and Danny Boyle's recent sci-fi movie (he was crispy astronaut Pinbacker).
Source: USA Today

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12:16AM on 04/07/2010

Good News!!

He makes a good villan. Just watched Sherlock Holmes again for a second time and after seeing it, all I can say he is that he'll make a great villan in this after seeing being a great villan against Holmes and Watson.
He makes a good villan. Just watched Sherlock Holmes again for a second time and after seeing it, all I can say he is that he'll make a great villan in this after seeing being a great villan against Holmes and Watson.
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12:39AM on 04/07/2010

set hunting

I live in new orleans they are filming this flick here somewhere and i`m gonna find out where. not that i`m gonna be allowed on set or anything heh i wish
I live in new orleans they are filming this flick here somewhere and i`m gonna find out where. not that i`m gonna be allowed on set or anything heh i wish
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1:05AM on 04/07/2010

Enough with the fucking 3D

We don't need it. The movie is more watchable without 3D.

Except that, great news. My older brother (R.I.P.) liked Green Lantern. It's cruel and unfair that he won't be able to see the movie.
We don't need it. The movie is more watchable without 3D.

Except that, great news. My older brother (R.I.P.) liked Green Lantern. It's cruel and unfair that he won't be able to see the movie.
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1:12AM on 04/07/2010

Mark Strong is . . .

. . . becoming this generation's Alan Rickman.
. . . becoming this generation's Alan Rickman.
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1:29AM on 04/07/2010
i would love to see him cast as a hero just one time for a change.In saying that looking forward too Green Lantern in real 3D.
i would love to see him cast as a hero just one time for a change.In saying that looking forward too Green Lantern in real 3D.
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1:31AM on 04/07/2010
Mark Strong is the man
Mark Strong is the man
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7:17AM on 04/07/2010

Best Casting Decision Made On This Film Thus Far

Strong is easily becoming one of my favorite up and coming actors. He's gonna fuckin' kill this shit, its gonna be awesome...
Strong is easily becoming one of my favorite up and coming actors. He's gonna fuckin' kill this shit, its gonna be awesome...
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8:51AM on 04/07/2010
This cast is rounding out to be pretty fantastic thus far... my only reservation is regarding Blake Lively. I'm always hoping to be surprised immensely, so lets see how she holds up. Otherwise I'm still ridiculously stoked about this. I'm loving the pool of talent that comic book films are starting to pull in these days; its pretty fantastic.
This cast is rounding out to be pretty fantastic thus far... my only reservation is regarding Blake Lively. I'm always hoping to be surprised immensely, so lets see how she holds up. Otherwise I'm still ridiculously stoked about this. I'm loving the pool of talent that comic book films are starting to pull in these days; its pretty fantastic.
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