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Vincent D'Onofrio talks playing Kingpin in Netflix's Daredevil series

Aug. 21, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

Production is underway on Netflix's Daredevil series starring Charlie Cox as "The Man Without Fear," and in an interview with Screen Crush, Vincent D'Onofrio talked a bit about the upcoming show, as well as his experience (so far) playing Kingpin.

On working with Marvel:

The thing about Marvel is that they’re not – they’re into real acting. They’re looking for artists that are willing to take chances and are willing to create characters, even if that character has been around for years and years in comic books, they still are depending on us to create something and take it somewhere else. Robert Downey [Jr.] is the perfect example of that. Who knew that Iron Man was going to be who Robert made him?...And Jon Favreau. I would have never guessed Iron Man was going to be that kind of Tony Stark. Not in a million years, and, you know, that’s because of Jon and especially Robert. So, everybody is following suit with that. Personally, I felt Downey kind of led the way in that, and he’s kind of said to the studios and to the public, “It can work. These Marvel things can work."

But I gotta tell you, I couldn’t be working for nicer people. I really am. I’m just having a great time. The whole — the way that we’re shooting it, our Daredevil, everybody that’s in the show, is just going so well. Tonight we have a big fight scene that’s happening. It’s the first time you see my character do something physical.

On if he'll be appearing in the MCU, or other Marvel TV series:

Well, I think they have some kind of plan. I’m not really allowed to discuss what the plan is, but they have a plan. I think the beginning of the plan is series stuff with Netflix, and then they have a bigger plan to branch out, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you specifically what that is.

On what to expect from his take on Kingpin:

I think – it’s not just me, by the way, it’s the writer. It’s Steven DeKnight, it’s Jeph Loeb at Marvel, it’s the scripts, and it’s me. I think it’s gonna be the … I hope — I should say – I hope it’s gonna be the new way to look at Wilson Fisk. I think that there will be no other Wilson Fisk but this one after we’re all done with it. That’s what we’re hoping for.

Vincent D'Onofrio wouldn't reveal which other characters will be appearing in Daredevil ("I can’t talk about anything"), but does say, "They’re gonna go super cool — like, super, super cool."

As a huge Daredevil fan, I'm extremely excited for Netflix's new show. I'm hoping it will end up being a little darker compared to the Marvel movies and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but at this point I'm just happy there's a new project involving the character.

Daredevil also stars Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson and Deborah Ann Woll, and all 13 episodes of the series will be released on Netflix in May 2015.

Source: Screen Crush

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9:20PM on 08/21/2014
Jeph Loeb is involved? Cool. As a comics writer Loeb kind of passed his prime but the best episodes of Heroes were written by him. I'm hoping that his involvement will bring a positive impact on the series.
Jeph Loeb is involved? Cool. As a comics writer Loeb kind of passed his prime but the best episodes of Heroes were written by him. I'm hoping that his involvement will bring a positive impact on the series.
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11:09AM on 08/21/2014
He seems genuinely enthusiastic
He seems genuinely enthusiastic
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10:32AM on 08/21/2014
Daredevil's always been a favorite of mine since I was a kid (I once climbed to the roof of my elementary school because I knew someone threw a Daredevil action figure up there and I wanted it). I can't wait to binge watch this series.
Daredevil's always been a favorite of mine since I was a kid (I once climbed to the roof of my elementary school because I knew someone threw a Daredevil action figure up there and I wanted it). I can't wait to binge watch this series.
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9:24PM on 08/21/2014
So did you get the action figure? I hope this story end on a positive note.
So did you get the action figure? I hope this story end on a positive note.
9:28AM on 08/26/2014
Yeah, I got it. But by the time I did it was faded from being in the sun for however long. So Daredevil was a nice shade of pink, but whatever, I got me a Daredevil figure.
Yeah, I got it. But by the time I did it was faded from being in the sun for however long. So Daredevil was a nice shade of pink, but whatever, I got me a Daredevil figure.
10:10AM on 08/21/2014

Perfect choice!

He will bring a lot to the role. I really hope we get him in Avengers 3, as a man trying to turn people against meta-humans (possibly starting a civil war...).

Do we know if the Netflix series take place in the same universe? I mean, Daredevil can't exist in NYC without knowing about the events of Avengers 1...
He will bring a lot to the role. I really hope we get him in Avengers 3, as a man trying to turn people against meta-humans (possibly starting a civil war...).

Do we know if the Netflix series take place in the same universe? I mean, Daredevil can't exist in NYC without knowing about the events of Avengers 1...
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12:54PM on 08/21/2014
It does take place within the MCU. The 4 series (daredevil, Luke cage, Jessica Jones, iron fist) will come together in a Defenders series! Then they might incorporate them into the films. But doing it on Netflix allows then to go darker which is better for something like Daredevil
It does take place within the MCU. The 4 series (daredevil, Luke cage, Jessica Jones, iron fist) will come together in a Defenders series! Then they might incorporate them into the films. But doing it on Netflix allows then to go darker which is better for something like Daredevil
7:47AM on 08/22/2014
Yes, Kevin Fiege already confirmed it
Yes, Kevin Fiege already confirmed it
9:48AM on 08/21/2014
He sounds very enthusiastic and passionate about the role and this series. I like that. I hope we'll get to see some cast photos soon.
He sounds very enthusiastic and passionate about the role and this series. I like that. I hope we'll get to see some cast photos soon.
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9:42AM on 08/21/2014
This is casting that just feels very right.
This is casting that just feels very right.
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9:36AM on 08/21/2014
I wonder how big this will be for Netflix. I'll be ditching Love Film (by post) for them when these shows begin and I'm not a fan of online movie subscription services like this due to the lack of subtitles. Perhaps I'm getting old but it's surprising just how much dialogue one misses without the presence of subtitles.
I wonder how big this will be for Netflix. I'll be ditching Love Film (by post) for them when these shows begin and I'm not a fan of online movie subscription services like this due to the lack of subtitles. Perhaps I'm getting old but it's surprising just how much dialogue one misses without the presence of subtitles.
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10:14AM on 08/21/2014
Netflix has subtitles. I can't say for sure that every single title has them but most of them do.
Netflix has subtitles. I can't say for sure that every single title has them but most of them do.
10:14AM on 08/21/2014
Netflix has subtitles.

Edit: afwdg99 beat me to it. Barely.
Netflix has subtitles.

Edit: afwdg99 beat me to it. Barely.
9:23AM on 08/21/2014
I'm a huge Daredevil fan and am glad to see one of the more underrated characters in the MCU coming back in a big, vital way. This show has lots of potential with the loaded talented it has and D'Onofrio is going to make for a great Kingpin. I mean the hero is only as good and as exciting as his villain, so I have no worries that this new Daredevil won't have an awesome dynamic between him and Kingpin.
I'm a huge Daredevil fan and am glad to see one of the more underrated characters in the MCU coming back in a big, vital way. This show has lots of potential with the loaded talented it has and D'Onofrio is going to make for a great Kingpin. I mean the hero is only as good and as exciting as his villain, so I have no worries that this new Daredevil won't have an awesome dynamic between him and Kingpin.
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9:50AM on 08/21/2014
Back in the day, I was super excited to see Daredevil in Spider-Man: The Animated Series back in 1994 or 1995, I think. I mean, we all saw Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, Fantastic Four at that point but when the show introduced Daredevil as a guest star I totally freaked out.
Back in the day, I was super excited to see Daredevil in Spider-Man: The Animated Series back in 1994 or 1995, I think. I mean, we all saw Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, Fantastic Four at that point but when the show introduced Daredevil as a guest star I totally freaked out.
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