Mark Strong Briefly Talks About Being Green Lantern's Sinestro

April 7, 2010
Source: USA Weekend

Sinestro / Mark Strong

We first learned that British actor Mark Strong would be playing Sinestro in Martin Campbell's Green Lantern movie back in January. In the meantime, Strong has been in the UK shooting Andrew Stanton's John Carter of Mars, but is also prepping for his role as the purple-skinned alien since he'll switch projects in July (even though Green Lantern has already started shooting in Louisiana). Strong recently spoke with USA Weekend (via ComingSoon) who asked him about playing Sinestro and how the character fits into the story. Strong had some fascinating things to say, although not too revealing beyond what we already know.

Strong talks about (spoiler) how Sinestro is Hal Jordan's mentor at first but eventually becomes a villain.

"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."

Strong also mentions that the character's comic book look, seen in the photo above, will be retained and that the original creators (John Broome & Gil Kane) were inspired by the looks of old movie stars. "That widow's peak and thin mustache was for some reason originally based on David Niven, and Hal Jordan was based on Errol Flynn," explains Strong. "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.” Considering I think Mark Strong is one of the finest actors working today, I'm absolutely certain he'll do the character justice. Sound good?

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One of the best actors in da biz right now. He truly lives his characters, I have no doubt hell be awesome.

Cody w on Apr 7, 2010


mark was great in rock n rolla/sherlock holmes/even that horrid thinking that mustache will look bad ass

dealers wheel on Apr 7, 2010


@ dealers wheel i wouldn't say stardust was horrid,i thought it was pretty good if the princess bride film didn't exist this would of been the princess bride you know what i'm trying to say. as for mark strong his an excellent actor stardust,body of lies,kick ass & he will probably be the best charactor in the green lantern.

DEADPOOL 72 on Apr 7, 2010


@DEADPOOL 72 "@ dealers wheel i wouldn't say stardust was horrid,i thought it was pretty good" Did you actually read his comment? He thought Stardust was bad & here you come along saying it was good. It's an opinion guys not a fact. Just thought you should know.

Favoritism on Apr 7, 2010


I would love to see him do something that doesn't involve in RocknRolla...I liked him best in there as the benevolent world weary thug....

Linkfx on Apr 7, 2010


... #4? ...why? Seriously what was the point of that comment? I can't wait to see Ryan Reynolds on screen with Mark Strong, it should be an awesome serious leader/naive student mix.

Ravek018 on Apr 7, 2010


he just might be the best part of this movie

harhar on Apr 7, 2010


@ FAVORITISM Did you actually read Dead pool 72's comment? He thought Stardust was good & here you come along saying he wasn't being fair. It's an opinion dude not a fact. Just thought you should know.

Ravek018 on Apr 7, 2010


Just those two pictures makes Strong LOOK perfect for the role.

Nada Nuff on Apr 7, 2010


I am up for any Mark Strong film...although Babylon A.D. was testing my patience. Still after Body of Lies, Rocknrolla, Sherlock Holmes and Kick-Ass, I can't wait to see him in this and Robin Hood. Sensational actor!! @1...nicely put!!

Marc on Apr 7, 2010


Sounds like he's hinting at using david niven as the characterization

talli on Apr 7, 2010


@ FAVORITISM Here is a fact for you.......You're a dumbass! @ Ravek018 couldn't agree more! Exited for this one!

Let it go man.. on Apr 7, 2010


Has my interest, Strong was definetly good in Sherlock holmes.

Chase on Apr 7, 2010


Those of you who love Mark Strong as much as I do should watch the movie Revolver if you havent already. Thats when I first noticed him and he kind of made the movie for me. Pretty sure it was his first major role besides Babylon AD but forget when that came out so.

Cody w on Apr 7, 2010


Cody w Revolver was one of Ritiche's best films, and Stron really embodied Sorter in every sense of the word.

Xerxex on Apr 7, 2010


Mmm, Strong is such a sexy man, and a good actor too.

Sabes on Apr 7, 2010


@12 let it go man let it go man haha yall tripping over 1 comment. strong will deliver once again but theres a great cast which means he has to raise his game...robbins/sarsgaard/reynolds will match him for shure, to make this a true blockbuster

boondock saint on Apr 7, 2010


all greatness! can't wait for this film to be finish and shown... i like the director, i like the lead star and the love interst and the villain! a perfect recipe of a blockbuster movie...

Iggypop on Apr 8, 2010


Nice guy, good actor... BUT, Strong is getting as over-exposed as Sam Worthington.

less is more on Apr 8, 2010


#19 He maybe getting alot of work recently but he is alot better an actor than Worthington.

Anti-Fox on Apr 8, 2010


@20 -- Yes, as I said, a good actor. I was referring more to Strong's ubiquity and that similarity to zero-charisma Worthington.

friiight niiight... 2 on Apr 8, 2010


#21 hey it's all good to me, I'm sure that Strong will be great as Sinestro he was great in Sherlock Holmes.

Anti-Fox on Apr 8, 2010


Very disappointing casting. They could have gone with the blow-you-away factor for Sinestro's casting, easily the most integral casting choice of the entire film. But, instead, they go with the thoroughly safe choice of Mark Strong. Great actor, but this is too obvious to drum up interest.

SlashBeast on Apr 17, 2010

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