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6 Actors Who Could Play Sinestro

Casting Call: Green Lantern Villain Sinestro

By Chad Derdowksi     October 21, 2009

6 Actors Who Could Play Sinestro
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They say a hero is only as good as his villain, which explains why Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of Sector 2814, is so well loved. His arch-enemy is so dastardly; the guy is actually named Sinestro! There’s a Green Lantern movie in the works and Ryan Reynolds has already been cast as the hotshot ring-slinging test pilot with no fear. With the lead character taken care of, the focus now falls on the villain of the piece: Sinestro. Who will assume the role of this scum of the spaceways? Artist Gil Kane based Sinestro’s appearance on British actor David Niven, but he’s been dead for over two decades, so he’s out. Of course, we all know that Hollywood has no shortage of jerks, but whom among them measures up to the role of the leader of the Sinestro Corps? Here are our Six Suggestions for Sinestro.

6. Cillian Murphy

He’s a pretty boy whose good looks can turn into a twisted and evil sneer at the drop of a dime, something that could suit Sinestro well. Remember, Sinestro was a fellow Green Lantern and Hal Jordan’s mentor. We need a guy who is likable and can be trusted at the beginning of the movie and then reviled as a total sleazebag once his true motivations are revealed. Murphy could definitely handle both sides of that coin. However, Sinestro has never been depicted as being particularly handsome, and Murphy has already played one supervillain in a DC movie; he might not be so keen to take on another.

5. Alexander Skarsgård

He’s been nominated for a Scream Award for “Best Villain” for his work on the HBO series True Blood – is there any higher honor than that? All kidding aside, Skarsgård has the lean and devious look of Sinestro and plays the role of a villain quite well. He even kind of appears to be an alien, which would totally work in his favor should he be cast as the incorrigible Korugarian. The downfall is that at 33, he’s only a year older than the guy playing Green Lantern, so he might not be too convincing in a mentor role. But isn’t that what makeup artists are paid for? Sinestro is all weird looking with red skin anyway: we’re sure the effects folks can add a wrinkle or two.

4. Kevin Dillon

Okay, okay… we’re joking. Mostly. But if we can all stop laughing for a moment, let’s take a minute to remember that Kevin Dillon played one hell of a freaky dude in Platoon. And if you’re looking for someone who physically resembles Sinestro, look no further: Kevin Dillon looks exactly like him. Seriously, look at the guy – the skinny little mustache, the pointy chin. He’s a dead ringer for Sinestro! Or Sinestro’s little brother. At any rate, he deserves a mention.

3. Javier Bardem

Okay, so he doesn’t look like Sinestro at all. But he’s an award winning actor and anyone who has seen No Country For Old Men knows how totally creepy this guy can be when he plays a villain. SUPER CREEPY! This is what you look for when casting a man who has “sinister” in his name. Javier Bardem would bring an immense touch of class and an even bigger touch of evil to this role.

2. Hugo Weaving

Weaving is a pretty good go-to-guy for movie villains, having portrayed several iconic characters in sci-fi films over the past decade or so. Take a look at his portrayal of Elrond in the Lord of the Rings films – a proud and haughty leader who is scornful of mankind’s failures. Now add in a touch of Agent Smith, a being dedicated to maintaining order who looks upon humanity rather unfavorably and throw in a pinch of Megatron, a creature whose sole obsession is subjugating others to his will. You’ve got yourself a pretty decent Sinestro right there. 

1. John Malkovich

Because John Malkovich should play every supervillain. If you’re going to have a guy explaining the mechanics of a magic ring that responds to willpower, you’ve got to make sure you have a pretty damn good actor or else it’s just gonna sound ridiculous. 
His acting ability alone should garner him a spot on more than one supervillain list (Lex Luthor, perhaps?), but there’s more. This charter member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company has an astonishing air of superiority about him, not unlike the villain in question. Sinestro is a genius with arrogance beyond measure. He truly believes he is always doing what’s right, no matter how heinous his tactics may seem. Malkovich has always struck us as a pretty pompous and pretentious dude – just channel that energy into evil purposes and you’ve got yourself a pretty terrifying bad guy, one that is not only evil, but believes he’s the good guy. That’s how a villain whose abilities stem from the power of fear should act. Hey, we’re not saying Malkovich is a bad guy; but we think he could play one pretty well.
That’s six solutions to the Sinestro scenario, Maniacs. Think you’ve got a better option? Sound off on the message boards!

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TheSleeper 10/21/2009 2:01:34 AM

You know what?  That's not a bad list!  All those guys have at least some merit for the role.

Sinestro is usually presented as having a cold and aloof fascist intensity, so I'd go for someone like Cillian Murphy or Hugo Weaving, personally.

Redshirt1 10/21/2009 3:54:59 AM

I also agree that this is a pretty good list.  However, with regards to the cool and aloof personality, I really liked how Sinestro was protrayed in the recent GL animated movie.  Initially he seemed like a pretty cool stand up guy that you wouldn't mind watching your back.  As the movie progresses we see that Sinestro sees himself as the last hope for the universe.  Accoding to his mindset the Guradians have become ineffectual buracrats incapable of steming the tide of chaos.  He sees his methods as simply the necessities of war in which there are innocents that are sometimes sacrificed for the greater good.  Whoever is finally chosen will need to convey this concept that the character doesn't think of himself as a villian but as a saviour. 

Darkknight2280 10/21/2009 4:38:08 AM

Matt Dillon IS SINESTRO!! Nuff Said!..lol

Chopsaki 10/21/2009 5:24:34 AM

I'm liking Hugo Weaving, he could easily pull it off. "Hello Mr. Jordon."

myklspader 10/21/2009 5:25:59 AM

 That list needs to have Dillon taken out since he is a talentless actor and you guys just have him in there due to his hairline. Also Malkovich is too fat for the role at this point unless he has slimmed down again.

Also I think you are missing Christopher Eccleston, he is a great actor and deserves to break through a bit better than being known as Destro from a crap movie version of “G.I. Joe”. 

ChadDerdowski 10/21/2009 6:20:17 AM

Actually, myklspader, that list has Dillon because of his mustache and his hairline.

HighFiveMan23 10/21/2009 6:38:51 AM

People need to stop complaining about actors being to fat or skinny for a role. Actors have thousands of dollars at their disposal for personal trainers, nutritionists, etc. Lets take Christian Bale for example. He went from 110lbs doing The Machinist to 210lbs for Batman Begins in 6 months! Again he went down to about 130lbs for Rescue Dawn to 220lbs for The Dark Knight in another 6 months! Actors have the ability to change the way they look because that is what they are paid to do.

ludite 10/21/2009 7:06:06 AM

I assume Murphy's a no go since he is already the Scarecrow. I think we need a Legion of Doom list. I wish we could make Leonard Nimoy young enough to pull off the role. Spock's eyebrows could out act Dillon's mustache.

nemesis1_57 10/21/2009 7:08:10 AM

What about Hugh Laurie he looks like Sinestro and is a pretty good actor. His older and probably have and awesome villainous laugh

Wiseguy 10/21/2009 7:10:13 AM

Daniel Day Lewis, probably wouldn't consider it but he'd be the top choice

Skarsgard and Murphy are too young to play this role

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