Marvel and Netflix‘s Daredevil promotion has been kind of like guerrilla warfare. We get some pictures out of nowhere, then things go silent. We get a teaser trailer, then things go silent. Then last week we got a full-on trailer, and save for a few casting announcements the following day, things have been rather silent. While the tactics may be unfamiliar to some considering how much Marvel promotes their films and other TV shows, everything has looked rather impressive so there’s no real complaints to be found. Today we get another hit-and-run in the form of a new interview with Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk himself, Vincent D’Onofrio. The prolific actor of stage, screen, and theater shares a few details on just how deep the 13-episode series will dive into the character’s motivations. Spoiler alert: It’s going to be really deep.
While that trailer last week showed off a lot of footage and hinted and where things may be going in the series, D’Onofrio tells Uproxx that we ain’t seen nothing yet. He told the site “…I watch these trailers and they make me so proud of all the work that we did. But, at the same time, there’s so much that you guys don’t know what you’re going to get. There’s so much in our show. And there’s so much they’re not giving away. I mean, it gets so intense and so emotional. It’s really quite something. It goes to places you would never think it goes because of what Jeph Loeb and Steven DeKnight wanted to do. It really does.”
The intense and emotional exploration of the series’ two main characters, Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Wilson Fisk, seems to be something that really drew the former Law & Order: Criminal Intent actor to the project. In a new interview with the fine folks at Collider today, he talks more about the tone and feel of Daredevil:
The series just came out so good. It’s like a 13-hour film. Emotionally, it goes places that I don’t think anybody is going to expect. Unlike the movies, except for maybe what [Robert] Downey does with Iron Man because there’s a lot of emotional stuff with that, this gets truly deep. Everybody’s motivation comes from the core of who they are. There’s not one false moment in the whole thing. They all have very deeply thought-out, emotional lives that drive these people. It’s pretty cool. I’m very proud of it. It was unexpected, and I didn’t know I was going to have the time I had on it, but I ended up having one of the best experiences I’ve had, so far.D’Onofrio then went on to talk about how he landed the role and his original hesitation at taking the part until he spoke with showrunner/writer/director Steven DeKnight and Marvel‘s Jeph Loeb. The actor knew Daredevil would be different, but he wanted to speak to the two top men to make sure it was the good kind of different:
There were discussions. I wasn’t sure about it. I knew who Wilson Fisk was, but I only knew what the Marvel movies were like. The thing about Daredevil is that there are no superpowers. We needed to have a discussion, so Jeph Loeb and I talked about it. That first phone call with Jeph Loeb, and then the second one with Jeph and Steven DeKnight, is when I was convinced that it would be okay to do. And then, I read the first couple of scripts. Wait until you see the series. Whether you’re into that kind of thing or not, it is definitely a Netflix series. It’s Marvel and Netflix coming together with this great new take on things.
When pressed for information on whether or not he’d turn up in the other Netflix shows, or maybe even a Marvel movie, D’Onofrio admitted they are firmly connected (as you can tell by the Iron Man and Thor references in the trailer) but he’s not sure what the future holds for Fisk. He says Marvel hasn’t told him anything, but he knows to keep everything secret until right before it happens. He’d love to come back, but he has to wait and see just like us.
It’s interesting to think just how emotional and just how deep into the characters this series will go. After April 10th, Daredevil will have 13-hours of screentime. That’s more than any of the characters in the Marvel movies, though it’s far behind Coulson (Clark Gregg) thanks to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We’ll be spending a whole lot of time with Matt Murdock, and Wilson Fisk by extension, and it looks like we’ll get to know them really well.
via screengonzo.co, 3.15.15
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