Marvel’s first Netflix original series debuts Friday, April 10, with a binge-worthy full season of “Daredevil,” and the show’s star actors are in full-on promotion mode. Following the release of new trailers “Fear” and “Origins” online, Saturday afternoon Charlie Cox, who plays Matt Murdock himself, and Vincent D’Onofrio, TV’s Wilson Fisk, opened up on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything forum.
Here are some highlights:
No Free Comics: Asked whether the actors were given any comics to read as reference, D’Onofrio said, “Given? No. We had to go out an buy it ourselves! (Charlie gave me a Daredevil graphic novel that I pretended I didn’t have already.)”
On favorite Daredevil Comics:
“I really love the issues when Matt Murdock is defending the White Tiger,” Cox said. “It was so cool to read a comic book with such a compelling courtroom scene. I also have to mention Jeph Loeb’s Daredevil Yellow. So touching.” He also said the run by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev was most useful in establishing the tone of the show.
D’Onofrio said it was interesting to see different creators’ interpretations of Fisk. “From the beginning of Fisk in ‘Spider-Man,’ all the way through to the most recent series with ‘Daredevil,’ he’s become a much more multi-leveled character. And each series, including ‘The Punisher,’ brought changes and expansion to his character.”
On Season One’s exciting scenes: “There’s a lot,” D’Onofrio said. “I think that the end of the 2nd episode with Charlie is amazing. I just saw it the other day and I was blown away by it. After that, I think there are scenes with Fisk and Vanessa (who’s played by Ayelet Zurer) that came out great. And what happens in those scenes I don’t think anyone would expect from a superhero series.”
In a similar vein, D’Onofrio said he would recommend “Daredevil” because “it’s a new way of doing a superhero show. It’s something unlike what you’ve seen before. Because of Steven DeKnight’s writing and, as I said, the platform under this umbrella of Netflix. Netflix allowed us the time and gave us the care to get it right, so you’ll have 13 hours of storytelling. That’s something, when it comes to superheroes, you’ve never experienced before. And I believe that we took the time they gave us and we were inspired by the material. And in my opinion, knocked it out of the park.”
On building character: The actors were asked about what makes their characters interesting, in a few different ways. Describing Fisk in three words, D’Onofrio chose “Child and Monster.” Cox said the most interesting thing about Daredevil is that, “I like to think that Daredevil is labeled the Man Without Fear by the public who see what he does but actually, he is a man who feels fear like the rest of us. I am impressed by someone who is frightened but chooses to act anyway.”
D’Onofrio added, “I think that one of the great changes that Charlie made as an actor was to not divide the two– Matt Murdock and Daredevil. They are one. I believe that was Charlie’s choice, and an actor, and that was very smart. That unlike other superheroes, there’s really no change when the vigilante outfit is on. He is Matt Murdock and Daredevil all the time.”
On “Daredevil” characters appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: D’Onofrio said he’d love to appear in “Captain America: Civil War,” but wouldn’t mind being in “the whole series.” “Also, since Spidey is back at Marvel, there was no other badder nemesis in Spidey than Wilson.”
On standing out from the crowd: Asked what would differentiate “Daredevil” from other superhero shows, D’Onofrio said, “I think because it’s under the umbrella of Netflix, we have an opportunity to do things that other Marvel shows aren’t doing. We can be, for lack of a better term, down and dirty, just simply because of our platform. And there’s been a lot of care taken in this Daredevil series. Everybody wanted to knock it out of the park for the fans.”
When you’re a Jet: Asked who would win in a fight between Cox and Ben Affleck, both as Daredevil “but in the style of West Side Story,” Cox said simply, “He would.”
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