The Batman: Colin Farrell Says He Is The Penguin In Only ‘Five or Six Scenes’ | IGN

Colin Farrell, who is set to play The Penguin in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, has revealed that his character is only in “five or six scenes” of the film.

As reported by Collider, Farrell made an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast and shared his experience working on The Batman which will star Robert Pattinson as The Dark Knight himself.

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Alongside revealing that The Batman will have a “unique take on the Dark Knight mythology,” he also jokingly said that the movie could be more successful since it has less of him in it.

“I’m only in it for five or six scenes, so I can’t wait to see the film because it won’t be ruined by my presence. Really, it’s a freebie to me. I’ll get a little bit uncomfortable for the f-ing nine minutes I have, and then the rest of it, I cannot wait to see how he [Reeves] brought this world to life,” Farrell said.

Farrell’s reveal as The Batman was one of the most talked about points as he is barely recognizable in the role. The actor discussed how makeup artist Mike Marino and the crew chose to use a fat suit to circumvent health issues, as Farrell was still dealing with the fallout of his weight changes from The North Water.

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“Mike Marino is a genius. He’s an absolute and veritable genius. And that word gets thrown out a lot, but he is a drawing, sculpting, shaping genius,” Farrell said. “And he created this visage for the Penguin. I mean he and Matt talked about what physically the character stature would be, and I had been quite big for The North Water and I didn’t want to naturally go big again cause I had a few little health things as a result of The North Water and I was just like, f-ck, this acting thing ain’t this important.

“I know the top actors that go up and down, and God bless them, I wish them good health. But for me, I think The North Water is the last time I’ll go up that much. So, we decided on a fat suit.”

Farrell concluded by continuing to praising Marino, saying his work, and not Farrell’s acting, is what will truly make this character special.

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“Look, I only had, as I said, five or six scenes, or seven scenes, and I wasn’t quite… I was up here early stages, looking at what I felt, what I could do, what I could bring to it,” Farrell said. “I was a bit lost. And then, when I saw what Mike did, the whole character made sense to me. I swear to God, I saw what he did, and I just went ‘Ok,’ and I got really excited about it. All that to say that if anyone ever thinks what I do at The Batman is a decent performance, I’ll gladly take 49% of the credits.”

The Batman is set to be released in theaters on March 4, 2022.

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