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Vincent D’Onofrio Praises Daredevil Writers For Great Kingpin Dialogue

Exclusive: Daredevil star, Vincent D’Onofrio, opens up to Screen Rant and praises the writing of the now-canceled Netflix Marvel series.

Daredevil actor, Vincent D’Onofrio, has some great things to say about the series writers and what they created. The actor portrayed Wilson Fisk a.k.a Kingpin in all three seasons of the now-canceled Netflix show. Currently, he can be seen as Jerry Falwell in The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

Vincent D’Onofrio made his debut as Wilson Fisk in Daredevil when the series premiered in 2015. Initially shrouded in mystery and shadows, the villain slowly but surely emerged from obscurity as the series progressed. Once he emerged, D’Onofrio played Fisk as a beast of a man – capable of brutality and eloquence in equal measure. D’Onofrio portrayed Fisk for two more seasons after his debut, and by the end of season 3, Fisk had fully embraced his role as New York’s Kingpin of crime before being carted off to jail and teasing a possible season 4 that never happened.


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Even with a bit of time and distance between himself and his role as Wilson Fisk in Daredevil, Vincent D’Onofrio still has some strong feelings about the quality of the series. In a recent exclusive interview with Screen Rant, the actor noted that the strength of the writing on the Netflix series helped elevate his role and that much of the quality of his performance stemmed from the scripts. Read what D’Onofrio said below:

It’s the writing first, and then it’s also who’s involved in it – who’s producing it, who’s directing it, what other actors are going to be involved in it. But first, it’s the writing.

When you’re a young actor, you think it’s all about your performance and that’s what you focus on. But then you soon realize, as the years go by, that you have no performance unless the writing is great. And so you start to lean into knowing who the best writers are, knowing good writing, and knowing how to analyze a script. And what’s a good script or what’s not a good script always comes back to the writing.

For instance, with Wilson Fisk, there’s no performance of mine that I did that wasn’t written first. It was just great [work] by all the writers that did each season. They were all great in their own way. I never touched those scripts. I never altered dialogue; I never asked to alter dialogue. It was all there, all the time – and that’s rare. Especially in the first and third season, I would look forward to cracking open the script and reading it.

D’Onofrio portrayed Wilson Fisk in all three seasons of Daredevil, but as he explained in his remarks, the first and third seasons were where he really got a chance to dig into the scripts. Season 1 was a Kingpin origin arguably as much as it was a Daredevil origin, and season 3 offered a continuous showdown between Kingpin and Daredevil as the series adapted the Born Again story arc. With that said, even season 2 allowed him to get some great moments by showing multiple scenes with him living in prison.

Now, it’s just a matter of wondering if fans will ever get a chance to see D’Onofrio play Wilson Fisk again. The actor has made no secret of the fact that he would love to return to the Fisk role in the years since Daredevil went off the air. With that said, there is currently no word as to whether or not he will return.

However, there are numerous potential avenues to bring Fisk back in some capacity. The New York-based Marvel projects like the upcoming Hawkeye and Spider-Man: No Way Home are just ground-level enough to make him a viable bad guy, and it’s difficult to argue against the notion that fans would love to see the actor return to the role. Of course, while it’s currently unclear if Wilson Fisk will ever return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, audiences can check out the latest addition to the canon when Eternals debuts in theaters on November 5.

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