Which shows are similar to Marvel's Daredevil
Daredevil - lead actor Charlie Cox in an interview
The first series of the collaboration between Marvel and Netflix has been available for a few weeks with Daredevil. In the first season, Charlie Cox has to take on Vincent D'Onofrios Wilson Fisk as the eponymous superhero, with Steven S. DeKnight as showrunner. In the interview, the two talk about the tone of the new Daredevil version, the approach to the characters and the specifics of a Netflix series. Today you can read Charlie Cox's answers, previously known on TV as Owen Sleater from Boardwalk Empire and last seen in cinemas in The Discovery of Infinity. Tomorrow it will be showrunner Steven S. DeKnight's turn. For those of you who haven't seen Daredevil: be careful, the interview contains SPOILER.
moviepilot: What was the first thing that interested you in this version of the character on the show?
Charlie Cox: I didn't grow up watching Daredevil comics so I didn't really know much about him. I was allowed to read the first two episodes of the series early on, and I thought they were spectacularly written, and quite new to Marvel, too. The character didn't feel like a superhero to me, much more human, someone we could empathize with much more easily and who was very flawed and very vulnerable, and I thought that was an interesting approach to being a superhero.
moviepilot: How important was the first season's focus on Matt Murdock's inner struggles, his conscience and his uncertainty about how to go about it and how far to go?
Charlie Cox: That was very clear. Steven DeKinght understood that you also need to have an underlying story in a television series that has a lot of action sequences in order for it to be exciting and engaging. Then every hit, every hit means something, instead of just having violence for the sake of violence. It was a very clever way of imagining someone who is struggling with this notion of violence, who doesn't really know whether it's right or wrong. And at the same time, when he goes out, he can't seem to resist, can't stop.
moviepilot: I was surprised that both Matt Murdock and Daredevil speak very quietly and sometimes don't even raise their voices when he's just beaten up a bad guy. How much of that and his generally reserved demeanor was in the script, and how much did you contribute to it?
Charlie Cox: I'm not sure how to answer that question because I thought it came out from the script. But Steven recently told me that he never originally imagined it to be like that. If you grew up like Matt Murdock, with this sensory overload, and your senses are functioning to an heightened degree that we can't even grasp, then I was like: He wouldn't want people to get excited, he wouldn't want people to get emotional. So he would try to maintain an inner calm.
moviepilot: Which was harder: preparing to play a blind man or learning all these martial arts stuff?
Charlie Cox: For me, blindness was more difficult. The martial arts stuff, that aspect of filmmaking, has always been really fun for me and I always want to be involved in it as much as I can. Obviously there were a lot of things I couldn't do. Some I couldn't do because I'm not good enough, others for insurance reasons. So I had a wonderful stunt double who did all of these things. Blindness was difficult because it was multifaceted, it required many different aspects. There's Matt Murdock when he's with other people, and there's Matt Murdock when he's alone or with people who know about him. And the way he acts is very different. On the one hand, he maintains the illusion that he is a normal blind person, on the other hand, he acts better than a sighted person. And because of that, it's just important to make sure that they match up. It's also difficult because as an actor you rely on your eyes so much, and not having that was tough and sometimes frustrating.
moviepilot: How important are Matt Murdock's friends and colleagues to him, Foggy, Karen and Claire, and how do they complement his skills?
Charlie Cox: Very important, and part of the season one journey is the idea of Matt Murdock realizing that he can depend on other people. One of the great things about meeting Claire Temple for Matt is that it's the first time he's able to talk to someone about who he really is. With regard to Foggy and Karen, I think he underestimates their usefulness and determination. He may think that if something needs to be done, he has to do it himself. And maybe not only he has to do it, but Daredevil. One of the promises he may make to himself when he begins his vigilante justice is that he will never involve anyone else. And that's a promise he can't keep. This is not possible. He has to learn to surrender to it.
moviepilot: I think it comes across very well, that the chemistry between you and the other actors is really right, was that clear to you from the start, or did you have to work on it?
Charlie Cox: It's a strange phenomenon. The only credit that can ever be given for this goes to the casting directors and producers who select the cast. It's something you can't play. It's either there or not. Often times you can be with an actor and it can feel like the chemistry is right and then you don't see it on the screen and vice versa. I don't think there is a rule for that.
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