Following the passing of Michael Clarke Duncan, Dennis Haysbert has been recruited to play Manute in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The actor recently sat down for an interview with ComingSoon.net to reveal his thoughts on the matter.
“I haven’t finished working out to the capacity that I need to, but he’s going to be different,” said Haysbert. “This is playing as a prequel, so it should work out.”
Manute is quite the hulking presence in the original Sin City, able to rearrange bone structures at will with his bare hands. To put it quite simply, Michael Clarke Duncan was meant for the role. Dennis Haysbert, however, is quite sure the role is in good hands (ha ha).
“It’s going to be my character,” he said, “but I’ve spoken extensively with Frank Miller and Robert [Rodriguez] about what they want with the character and yes, it has to have some feel of what Michael did but I have to make it my own.
The Allstate spokesman also went on to talk about what it’s like to work with both Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller as dual directors. Haysbert describes the experience as kind of a one-two punch.
“Robert sets up the camera and he does a lot of the hands-on directing,” he said, “but Frank is very astute and very good at watching from a distance and just coming in and popping in a few things in your ear that really solidifies it.”
The overall process of working on a comic book film seems to please Dennis Haysbert. The actor appreciates the clearly outlined goals from Frank Miller, who’s specialty is comic book writing.
“Because he comes from that comic-book approach and everything is storyboarded, you have a clear idea as to what you want to do and what he wants. It’s a very cool process,” he said.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will also star Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, and Jessica Alba. The film still has a ways to go before it hits theaters in October 2013. We’ll be sure to update you as more information is released.