Mark Strong Reveals Details on Sherlock Holmes Villain

March 4, 2009

Mark Strong

We're still waiting to see a trailer for Sherlock Holmes, so until that shows up, all that we know about it comes from past news articles or interviews. Last year when I interviewed British actor Mark Strong, he mentioned that he was shooting Sherlock Holmes with Guy Ritchie, but didn't say too much about his character. Total Film (the article has since been removed) got to talk to Strong again recently and not only found out more about his character, known as Lord Blackwood, but also about some of the ending moments in the film, which we are of course not going to mention. So instead, let's find out more about this villain.

In Sherlock Holmes, Lord Blackwood is a occult-dabbling Satanist who ends up fighting Holmes.

"There's a touch of Dracula about him," Strong told Total Film. "He needed to have an element of showmanship about him by virtue of the fact that he's trying to persuade everyone around him that he's so in league with the Devil that he's able to conquer death. I just wanted to make him an equal adversary of Sherlock Holmes."

Considering Mark Strong is one of the finest underrated and unknown actors around, I don't think he'll have any problem making him an equal adversary, especially opposite Robert Downey Jr. Strong also admits that Blackwood is somewhat based on the real life Aleister Crowley, a British occultist who wrote The Book of the Law and became known as "The Wickedest Man In the World." I'm not familiar with that reference, but I am looking forward to Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and I'm a big fan of Mark Strong, so I'm excited anyway. I'm sure he'll be one hell of a dark and creepy Holmesian villain and I can't wait to see him big screen.

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  • Shige
    On that picture he looks exaclty like Andy Garcia
  • Johnis
    Seriously, I kept scanning the article for Andy Garcia's name. He looks like a dead ringer
  • Greedo the Rodian
    I actually thought it was a pic of DeNiro in Godfather 2.
  • Django
    Sounds like a touch of Alan Moore's "FROM HELL" snuck into this. Throw a little Aleister Crowley, maybe a bit of Jack the Ripper ... I like, I like ... Oh, and my h.s. spanish teacher is Andy Garcia's mother's sister. Which makes us? Absolutely nothing.
  • Spider
    This is the same guy who played the character 'Hani' in "Body of Lies". This guy is good!
  • Bobby Simpson
    How could you not know Aleister Crowley? Led Zeppelin anyone? Jimmy Page cited Crowley as a major influence on him.
  • Nikhil Hariharan
    Hell yea, i love Mark Strong, and he was great in "Body of Lies."
  • Ryan
    This guy is amazing. He kicked ass in Syriana, Body of Lies, Sunshine and RocknRolla. Excellent actor.
  • Andrew
    Couldnt agree more, Mark Strong is a bad ass actor, looking forward seeing him in the movie.
  • Captain Subtext
    Good news. I like that guy a lot. Brillant in Body Of Lies.
  • Tim "Cloverfield"
    #10 beat me to it! Great news! This film is going to be brilliant!
  • Fisherr
    Fan of Strong and RDJ, will rock.
  • Carlitosway
    the only difference between Strong and Andy Garcia are the front teeth.




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