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Sacha Baron Cohen will be bros with Mark Strong in Grimsby

Apr. 24, 2014by:
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Mark Strong, he of the deep, intimidating voice and villainous disposition, is trying something a little lighter with his next feature, GRIMSBY, which sees him playing the brother of Sacha Baron Cohen.

In the comedy, co-written by Cohen and directed by Louis Leterrier (NOW YOU SEE ME), Strong will portray

a British Black Ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, an English soccer hooligan.

Naturally, Cohen is the soccer hooligan, and we can expect to watch him get into all manner of fisticuffs and shenanigans while Strong looks on disapprovingly. Will they push aside their differences in the end in order to defeat a common threat? Nah, that's crazy talk.

Strong has been playing bad guys with aplomb for years, earning our disdain in films like ROBIN HOOD, SHERLOCK HOLMES, KICK-ASS, JOHN CARTER and GREEN LANTERN, as well as AMC's one-and-done cop drama "Low Winter Sun". It'll be nice to see him ease up on the mean for a while.

Working Title Films and Big Talk Productions are producing the caper, which Sony plans on releasing on July 31, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: Which Mark Strong baddie is your favorite?
Source: Variety

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10:56PM on 04/25/2014
Mark Strong from RockNRolla was his best performance. I will not spoil what he is in that movie (hero vs baddie) for others who have yet to see it.
Mark Strong from RockNRolla was his best performance. I will not spoil what he is in that movie (hero vs baddie) for others who have yet to see it.
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2:48AM on 04/25/2014
I thought his performance in the first Kick Ass was spot on. Perfect mix of humor and bad guy. Just remember him all cocked up approving a bazooka, genius. That being sad, Strong is off course one of those actors who gets stuck being typecast. Cohen was all right in Hugo, but is immediately linked to Borat ( and the much more irritating Bruno. They could both benefit by shaking it up a bit. I'm interested to see how he and Cohan will team up. consider me intrigued..
I thought his performance in the first Kick Ass was spot on. Perfect mix of humor and bad guy. Just remember him all cocked up approving a bazooka, genius. That being sad, Strong is off course one of those actors who gets stuck being typecast. Cohen was all right in Hugo, but is immediately linked to Borat ( and the much more irritating Bruno. They could both benefit by shaking it up a bit. I'm interested to see how he and Cohan will team up. consider me intrigued..
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11:42PM on 04/24/2014

Mark Strong has some decent comedy chops

he was surprisingly funny in KICK-ASS.

As for my favourite Mark Strong role, there are a few. He first caught my notice when he blew Leonardo DiCaprio out of the water in BODY OF LIES, but he was also stunning as Septimus in STARDUST. He did a great job in TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY.
he was surprisingly funny in KICK-ASS.

As for my favourite Mark Strong role, there are a few. He first caught my notice when he blew Leonardo DiCaprio out of the water in BODY OF LIES, but he was also stunning as Septimus in STARDUST. He did a great job in TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY.
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10:23PM on 04/24/2014
This was the role intended for Jason Statham right? While I was prepared to see Sacha Baron Cohen and Statham as a comedy duo, this might work even better with Mark Strong. Still, Statham is really funny and should do more comedies.
This was the role intended for Jason Statham right? While I was prepared to see Sacha Baron Cohen and Statham as a comedy duo, this might work even better with Mark Strong. Still, Statham is really funny and should do more comedies.
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9:52PM on 04/24/2014
I really liked Low Winter sun and I think he'll be good with Cohen. My favorite role of his would have to be Archy from Rocknrolla.
I really liked Low Winter sun and I think he'll be good with Cohen. My favorite role of his would have to be Archy from Rocknrolla.
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8:50PM on 04/24/2014
This guy is consistently badass and almost makes me want to drink Miller Fortune. His role in Body of Lies knocked me on my ass. Great and solid actor.
This guy is consistently badass and almost makes me want to drink Miller Fortune. His role in Body of Lies knocked me on my ass. Great and solid actor.
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8:20PM on 04/24/2014
Strong is one of the best most consistent, underrated actors out there working. He always delivers and owns his role, whether it be hero or villain.

I know Green Lantern didn't live to most fans expectations and probably won't be getting a sequel with the same principal cast, but I do hope they keep Strong as Sinestro. Ideally I would love for DC to bring back Reynolds (fingers crossed) and Strong for their respected roles.

And Low Winter Sun was a really good show. Sucks that it got
Strong is one of the best most consistent, underrated actors out there working. He always delivers and owns his role, whether it be hero or villain.

I know Green Lantern didn't live to most fans expectations and probably won't be getting a sequel with the same principal cast, but I do hope they keep Strong as Sinestro. Ideally I would love for DC to bring back Reynolds (fingers crossed) and Strong for their respected roles.

And Low Winter Sun was a really good show. Sucks that it got canceled after only one season.
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10:41PM on 04/24/2014
I thought Mark Strong as Sinestro was the best part of Green Lantern, I really wanted to see him as a full-fledged villain in a sequel.
I thought Mark Strong as Sinestro was the best part of Green Lantern, I really wanted to see him as a full-fledged villain in a sequel.
2:39AM on 04/25/2014
Hopefully we still do.
Hopefully we still do.
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