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Mark Strong as Sinestro
Strong choice for Green Lantern film villain
A Sgt Pembry Preview
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

While his name sounds like it could have top billing in a dodgy porn, theatre-trained Brit Mark Strong is cementing his status as the modern-day Rutger Hauer. Meaning he plays a great villain, and regularly.

But, Strong has told Associated Press he would love the opportunity to strap on the shining armour and be a knight in one of director Guy Ritchie's proposed projects based around King Arthur.

Strong has worked with Madonna's former better half on three films, Revolver (2005), RocknRolla (2008) and Sherlock Holmes (2009), and might be up for a fourth.

"Maybe, a bit of Arthurian legend and sword swinging and all that, I'm not sure if that's happening or not but I love working with Guy he makes such a comfortable set that I'd be there anytime. I could be a knight in shining armour," Strong said.

Born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia - his mother changed his name by deed poll when he was a boy - Strong is certainly now the actor of choice when it comes to portraying bad guys though.

Think the deranged Pinbacker in Danny Boyle's under-rated Sunshine (2007), the conniving Septimus in Stardust (2008) and gangster Archy in Guy Ritchie's brilliant RocknRolla (2008).

Then came Sherlock Holmes (2009) in which he played the sleuth's mysterious foe Lord Blackwood and now Kick-Ass (2010) which has him as the evil drug lord Frank D'Amico.

It's not ending there for the 46-year-old with him about to be seen as the dastardly Sir Godfrey in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood (2010) opposite Russell Crowe's chubby hero, before he enters the big league of super-villainy as Sinestro in Green Lantern (2011).

He stressed to Associated Press, Sinestro would be somewhat of a good guy in Martin Campbell's upcoming blockbuster starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan.

"It's the origins story in which Sinestro is actually Hal's mentor,'' Strong said.

Of course, you don't have to be a reader of the DC comics to realise the character might go a little bad. Like General Grievous or Darth Plagueis in the Star Wars universe, the name's kind of a give-away.

As Strong mentions, Sinestro is assigned to be Jordan's mentor when he joins the Green Lantern Corps, before being punished by the intergalactic police force for his questionable conduct when it comes to dishing out punishment. He's the type of guy who would fit in well as a guard as Abbu Ghraib.

Before that though Strong will star in another highly-anticipated adaptation of a comic book, John Carter of Mars, and will again be the main adversary, this time the shape-shifting Matai Shang.

Typecast? Yeah, but so what!

So what other villains can you see Mark Strong playing in the future?

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