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SDCC: Josh Brolin and Jonah Hex
The Oscar-Nominated Actor Talks About His Take on the Cult Comics Character
By Rob Vaux
July 25, 2009
Josh Brolin, the new Jonah Hex
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Actor Josh Brolin arrived at the San Diego Comic Con to discuss the movie adaptation of Jonah Hex, Brolin plays the titular antihero alongside Megan Fox, John Malkovich and Michael Fassbinder. He and fellow Hex filmmakers presented the world premiere of the teaser to thunderous applause in the Comic Con's Hall H, then spoke to reporters about the process of putting the film together.
"I loved the fact that [Hex] was an anti-hero," Brolin said, "and I loved the fact that this wasn't an extremely successful comic book. There were three different manifestations of this comic book, and I love the fact that--like the character himself--it refuses to go away. There's a great survivalist element to this guy. There isn't another comic book character like him… there's no model to base a film of him on. So we were really starting from scratch, and got to create what we wanted to create, with the blessing of [the writers of the comic book]."
Brolin also talked about the lengthy and arduous make-up process used to achieve Hex's signature scars. "We figured at the end--with 46 shooting days--that I had spent five and a half full days in the make-up chair, 24 hours a day. There was a piece of tape on my cheek and another piece behind my left ear. We'd fasten that to my neck. Then I had a prosthetic over that. The I had a mouthpiece which held my mouth back as far as it could go, and then I had another prosthetic over that, and then we painted it all to look natural."
Jonah Hex is scheduled to hit theaters in 2010.