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Green Lantern – Mark Strong talks Sinestro

Posted by LiveFor on April 7, 2010

Mark Strong just keeps going from strength to strength. Yep he is mainly playing the bad guys in films such as Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass, John Carter of Mars and future Green Lantern films. However, for the moment his character of Sinestro in the latter film will be one of the good guys, as set up in the comic. Here is what he had to say to USA Weekend.

“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,” Strong says. “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.”
Will they keep Sinestro’s pencil moustache?

“That widow’s peak and thin mustache was for some reason originally based on David Niven, and Hal Jordan was based on Errol Flynn,” says Strong, who recently got fitted for special Sinestro contact lenses. “In the ’30s and ’40s, they shared an apartment together in Hollywood when they were making movies and they were great friends. Obviously at the time, whoever was doing the original comics must have looked at them as guys doing very well in the film industry, and based those characters on them. So I would like to do justice to the Sinestro that was conceived for the comic books.”

The fact he mentions David Niven is just fantastic. Who doesn’t like Niven – A Matter of Life and Death is one of my faves.

Really looking forward to see what Strong does with the role.

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