I have been lucky enough to see Matt Reeves’ new The Batman twice (I know, I know… perks of the job). And no matter how many times I dive back in to that criminal underbelly of Reeves’ Gotham, I’ll never fully believe that it’s Colin Farrell hiding beneath makeup and prosthetics to play Oswald “Os” Cobblepot in what he calls "tasty" scenes. It’s a masterful turn that masquerades every aspect of the keen Irish actor, and as he told CinemaBlend, it was that desire to totally disappear that appealed to him the most about playing Penguin in The Batman.
We spoke with Colin Farrell as part of the press days for The Batman, and when we brought up the brilliant craft that went into hiding him for the role, he opened up by saying:
It blows my mind that Colin Farrell agreed to play The Penguin in The Batman without knowing how much his facial appearance was going to be altered. Because for real, look at this. This looks NOTHING like Colin Farrell, no matter how much fans try to convince me that they see it.
But the part that I didn’t expect is how much the makeup and prosthetics allowed the star to risk and stretch, unleashing a version of the Penguin that’s unlike any we’ve seen on screen before. As Farrell continued, he said:
I love the fact that the prosthetics freed Colin Farrell up to explore the seedy underbelly of this criminal character in ways he didn’t think possible. It reflects in his performance, which he claims is influenced by The Godfather. And the look fooled his co-stars, who legitimately didn’t recognize the Phone Booth star when he was on the set of the movie.
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