June 10, 2014

Vincent D'Onofrio Is Your New Kingpin

Marvel and Netflix's upcoming Daredevil series continues to take shape.  First they changed showrunners, then they found their Matt Murdock in the form of Charlie Cox.  Now we learn that Vincent D'Onofrio, he of the Eggar Suit, will be stepping into the role of Kingpin.  And there was much rejoicing.

D'Onofrio is one of our strangest working actors and his presence as the imposing gangster/tycoon is now guaranteed to be anything but boring.  Michael Clarke Duncan's portrayal of the character was one of the few real bright spots of Ben Affleck's Daredevil but I expect D'Onofio's version will bear little to no resemblance, if for no other reason than the fact that he's not a seven foot tall black man.  Duncan was a somewhat significant departure for the character, who has traditionally been drawn as a tremendously fat and balding white guy.  I really wouldn't put it past old Vinny D. to shave his head for the role.  If they gave him a fat suit, I might die of ecstasy.

If you want a taste of what's (hopefully) to come, check out The Salton Sea starring Val Kilmer.  D'Onofrio plays a drug dealer with no nose named Pooh Bear who lives in the desert and stages recreations of the Kennedy assassination using pigeons.  It's exactly as awesome as it sounds.

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