Mark Strong On Sinestro's 'Green Lantern' Brawls And Fall: 'Initially He's A Heroic Figure'

Back in January, "Green Lantern" director Martin Campbell revealed that Mark Strong was up for the role of Sinestro opposite Ryan Reynolds' Hal Jordan. Perhaps best known for his more recent villainous roles in "Sherlock Holmes" and "Kick-Ass," Strong's hiring was met with general approval from fans of the original comic.

While Sinestro's visual appearance was recently shown to be true to his appearance within the comics, MTV News recently posed the question to Strong as to whether his character would allow his power ring to do most of the work for him or if Sinestro would have a physical part in the action as well.


"Half and half," replied Strong. "You very rightly point out that when we have a scrap together, Sinestro tests Hal initially. And a lot of that, because he's an accomplished Green Lantern, is done through the power of his thought. But there's some physical stuff, too."

Originally created by John Broome and Gil Kane back in 1961, Sinestro was initially Hal Jordan's mentor within the Green Lantern corps before being expelled for going too far with his powers. Early reports indicated that the "Green Lantern" movie will stay true to that story as well, by depicting Sinestro as an ally initially before depicting his transformation into one of Hal's greatest enemies in subsequent films.

"I've read somewhere recently they've already started writing the second one," said Strong. "And I think it does deal with the fall of Sinestro."

Previously, Strong has described Sinestro as "a military guy but [he] isn’t immediately bad. [He's] the kind of person [that] lends himself to becoming bad over the course of the comics being written, but initially he’s quite a heroic figure.”

What do you think about Strong's take on Sinestro's physicality within the first movie? Should Sinestro rely entirely on the ring? Repeat the Lantern oath and let us know what you're thinking in the comment section or on Twitter!

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