6 Actors Who Could Play Sinestro (Mania.com)

By:Chad Derdowksi
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009


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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