Building A Cinematic Hero: TMP Interviews Mark Hildebrandt
With all the Marvel and DC films coming out lately, not to mention the new Superman and Batman films on the horizon, the popularity of superhero movies is at an all time high. Everywhere audience members turn another mainstream actor is gracing the screen in a costume that showcases a massive, ripped physique that mirrors their comic counterpart. Leave it to the studios to ensure that reality will always imitate art.
But with all the muscle and power on the screen, an audience member has to wonder: just how does an actor like Gerard Butler, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, or even Mickey Rourke or Robert Downey Jr. transform themselves into the larger-than-life heroes so many have followed in the pages of best selling comics and graphic novels.
TheMoviePool: Hey, Mark. With the intensity of your upcoming schedule, we’re glad you could take some time to talk with us today.
Mark Hildebrandt: No problem, thank you for having me.
TMP: We wanted to get a sense today of exactly what it takes, realistically, to bring a hero-style character to life for the big screen.
MH: (laughs) It certainly can require a great deal more than what most people would often believe and I’ll definitely fill you in on what all I have learned through the process.
TMP: As an actor, the physical body is the singular tool through which a character is defined and portrayed. However, the time doesn’t often come that a certain role requires such rigorous and intensive demands to effectively portray it for the screen so it can be difficult to know when to start preparing for it. What do you, as an actor, do to consistently ensure a firm foundation of the body, so that when that certain demanding role comes along, you always have a great place to start from in physically preparing?
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