Actor Colin Farrell has undergone a complete transformation for his role as the criminal Penguin in the upcoming sequel to "The Batman". The 46-year-old actor was recently spotted on set in New York with co-star Cristin Milioti, who plays Sofia Malcone, daughter of drug lord Carmine Falcone.
Exploring the Depths of the Penguin's Character
Farrell spoke about his excitement for the role, saying, "Having the chance to thoroughly explore the inner life of that character on HBO Max is an absolute thrill." He also expressed his disappointment with the limited exploration of the character in the film, saying, "The only thing I had an idea was that I wasn't nearly getting to explore the character as much as I wanted to." "Dylan and I are so excited to work with Lauren in continuing Oz’s story as he grabs violently for power in Gotham," Farrell added.
A Thrilling Tale of Power and Control
The series, directed by Matt Reeves, is set to have eight episodes and will be released on the Max service (formerly HBO Max). It will pick up where "The Batman" film left off, with Farrell saying, "The Penguin starts about a week after the film The Batman ends." Farrell expressed his admiration for the writing of the series, saying, "I read the first script for the first episode, and it opens up with my feet splashing through the water in Falcone’s office.
Even just that alone, I read it, I was like, ‘Oh, jeez.’ It’s lovely. It’s so well-written”. The start date of the series is still unknown, but filming is expected to last until the middle of this year.
A Run-in with a Miniature Donkey
When asked about a recent incident involving a donkey, Farrell jokingly replied, "What's it like being kicked by a donkey? Not as much fun as it sounds." He went on to explain that he had to take a fortnight off from exercise after being kicked by the young animal, saying, "It was only a two-year-old.
It was only a baby donkey, it was a miniature donkey. It wasn't a big a*s. It could've been a lot worse." Details about the rest of the cast are still limited, with Deadline magazine reporting last month that Clancy Brown had been cast as Salvatore Maroni. Farrell previously stated that he had no prior knowledge of the director's plans to create a series about the Penguin.