Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How Vincent D'Onofrio Became the Best New Villain on TV

Vincent D'Onofrio had a ritual he went through every time he needed to get into the mindset of Wilson Fisk, the all-powerful, ultra-evil mobster he plays on Netflix's hit series Daredevil. The 55-year-old actor would go someplace quiet, pull out his smartphone and stare at paintings of the character from Marvel's latter-day Daredevil comics. "The way they drew him . . . it wasn't just that he was this imposing, kind of massive guy," says D'Onofrio. "He looked broken. That was the key."

It's that combination of vulnerability and violence that has made Fisk the bruised heart of the show and the best new villain on TV. "Vincent's the sweetest guy," says Charlie Cox, who plays Daredevil, "but there were days on set where it would be just chilling to watch him."

D'Onofrio remembered the brooding, bald Fisk, a.k.a. "the Kingpin," from Spider-Man comics he read as a kid. In the Seventies and Eighties, he worked as a bouncer in New York clubs. "I saw a lot of things I would not necessarily talk about in an interview," D'Onofrio says, chuckling. "It was pretty crazy. There was a lot of violence. Some of it was really tough to be around . . . . You had to watch your ass."
But while he made his name playing characters like Pvt. Pyle, the soldier who loses his shit in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, and villains in movies like Men in Black and The Cell, D'Onofrio was determined to avoid turning the hulking gangster into a cartoonish heavy. "I mean, who wouldn't want to play a Marvel villain?" he asks. "But from the very beginning, neither myself nor [showrunner] Steven S. DeKnight ever thought of Wilson as a thuggish brute. The idea was always that he was just an emotionally complicated man who, even if he was capable of doing horrendous things, had his reasons. I didn't want to make him a bad guy." D'Onofrio pauses. "I still haven't gotten used to folks calling him a 'villain,' actually. I think I'm going to have to come to terms with people saying that."

Fisk is a 180-degree turn from D'Onofrio's best-known television role, playing Detective Robert Goren on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. "I still have older women who come up to me screaming, 'Law & Order!'  " he says. "But then I was taking my son to school the other day and he told me, 'My friend wants to meet Wilson.' The kid was a big Daredevil fan, so I went into the cafeteria — and I've never seen anyone so excited. It's a whole new audience."
by David Lear,  5.26.15

Artist David Mack:  New issue of Rolling Stone Magazine has some of my art in the Vincent D'Onofrio article on his role as Wilson Fisk in Marvel's Daredevil TV show.  Some images from the Wilson Fisk origin story I wrote in Daredevil here 

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1 comment:

Regina Caschetto said...

Dear Chris-
Thanks. I was looking for this article. I'm watching "Daredevil" a second time. Vincent was "perfect." Voice, eyes, facial expressions, body language, walk, hands, etc., everything down absolutely perfect.

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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