Lee Pace Says That Doing 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Made Him Evil, And Doing 'Marmaduke' Made Him Desperate

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Lee Pace Says That Doing 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Made Him Evil, And Doing 'Marmaduke' Made Him Desperate

By Vivian Kane | Celebrities Are Better than You | June 7, 2014 | Comments ()


In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Lee Pace talked about how impressionable he is when he’s playing a given role.

I mean, I’ve got a little bit of Ned [from Pushing Daisies] in me* - I’m awkward. You play a character that long and it draws something out in you - but after doing Guardians of the Galaxy I’m now much more evil than I ever thought I would be. Super, super evil.

Yahoo! then says he “[laughs]” but I’m going to assume they mean “[evil laughs.]”

I’ve never played a character like Ronan before. I like a bombastic villain, and that’s what I had a good time doing. It was the most fun playing this character… I was stronger than I’ve ever been, doing all this training, and the character is just a beast. He’s just so evil. At first when I started working on him, I was thinking, “We’ve seen so many great performances of villains by very talented actors in superhero movies. I’ve got to find something relatable about this guy.” But the more I played him, the more fun I had with just being evil. [Laughs] Evil, evil, evil. He’s an alien - there’s no kind of human rules. There’s nothing to relate to, actually. It just became, like, the more dark I could conceive of him, the more I understood him.

Is anyone else concerned that he says this character is so purely evil that there’s NOTHING to relate to, and then IN THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE says he started to relate to him?

The interviewer, in a potential super dick move, then brought up the “question mark” on Pace’s IMDb. Pace admits, “Yeah, the thing that I judged myself the harshest for was a kids’ movie that I did.” But the interviewer keeps pushing until Pace breaks.

Marmaduke! Marmaduke! I did Marmaduke. At the time I gave myself a real hard time for it, but I’m so grateful… whenever kids come up to me, the parents are like, “We watched it everyday for a month.” You don’t get that on Soldiers Girl. A little bit different. [Laughs] But… oh god please don’t take this the wrong way, I have to be grateful for the work that I get. And I am grateful!

He then goes into detail about how Marmaduke was way more evil than Ronan.

What I was really kind of annoyed with myself about was I’d just finished Pushing Daisies and I was really sad that that was over. And I know that I wasn’t responsible for it being over, but I was the lead of that show, and when it falls apart, you do feel a little bit of like, “Aww… I must’ve missed it. Maybe I’m responsible for why people didn’t watch. Maybe if I was in tabloids more, people would be more interested.” These are the kind of things that go through your head.

And so I felt like I was lazily doing a cheap version of Ned. I was doing that “Like me!” dance that a lot of actors do. It’s easy to get caught up in that. “Do you like me? Do you like me like this? What if I do that? What if I wear this?” At the time I was thinking, “I’ve got to take it because I might not be able to do this forever.” You know? But you take it and you learn. I learned a lot on that movie. You always learn something if you pay attention.

I think we can all do a happy dance for this sudden abundance of Lee Pace in our lives. Between Guardians of the Galaxy and Halt and Catch Fire, everyone wins. Lee can calm down, and we get more of this:



Via Yahoo!

*Vivian Kane would like a little Ned in her.
(I said it, I had to, and I’M NOT SORRY!)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • duckandcover

    He seems to have forgotten he was in Twilight, just like everyone else did.



    Somehow, he pulls it off. Damn.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    The guy looks like an anime character brought to life. Damn.

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  • Guest

    But what does 'The Hobbit' make him?

    Gay accordinging to Gandalf....

  • foolsage

    Huh? Thranduil is Legolas' father, so if he's gay he's closeted. I don't know of anything whatsoever in the books or movies that suggests that he's gay though.

  • Guest

    He (Pace) was "outed" by McKellen (if Gandalf is to be believed).


  • foolsage

    Ahhhhh I see what you meant: Ian might have outed Lee. I thought you meant that Gandalf outed Thranduil, which did not happen. Gandalf is definitely to be believed; he's a Maia, or as close as Middle-earth comes to angels or demigods. If he said that Thranduil was gay, then, well, I'd take that seriously. Gandalf however does not have any opinions on this topic; Ian does.

  • foolsage

    Jokes made by actors are different from the established continuity created by writers. :D

  • Billybob

    Have you not read the fanfic? In Middle-Earth men get pregnant, like, all the damn time.

    I think it's necessary to the survival of civilisation, what with there only being four women on the planet.

  • foolsage

    I've not read any Middle-earth fanfic, no. I've read Tolkien extensively and repeatedly. ;)

    When referring to fanfic rather than established continuity, it's good to mention this, else readers like me are left thinking, "What the hell? That's completely wrong."

    There are plenty of women in Middle-earth by the way, and also plenty of poor people and people of lower social classes, but Tolkien preferred writing about wealthy male aristocrats. The exception was Hobbits, for some reason; possibly because according to Tolkien they loved keeping extensive genealogies, so even when they aren't in the stories we know their names. Hell, I could name two dozen Hobbit women readily enough, compared to half a dozen female elves and one (1) female dwarf. Oh, and one Entwife, too.

  • NateMan

    But... Ronan isn't evil. He's a warrior, a judge and executioner, but not evil. Now I'm wondering what the Kree will be like.

  • cox

    The hobbit made him hot, Viv. Hot. Did you see the sleeves game he got there?!

  • nobcarajo100

    God, there's mistakes in every article. What the hell is going on

  • TimeTravelMan

    They're watching Orange is the New Black while writing.

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  • Ryan Ambrose

    Lee Pace as Francis Dolarhyde on Hannibal! #Evil

    That's how magical hashtags that make wonderful things happen out of thin air are supposed to work on the internet, right?

  • Nadiney

    That's how I understand it. PACE FOR DOLARHYDE!

  • Slim

    We just watched the first Halt and Catch Fire and there are some very unPie Maker-like moments. Whoa, Ned...

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