Colin Farrell Describes The Penguin's Makeup "Absolute Liberation" as an Actor

After many delays due to the pandemic, Matt Reeves' The Batman finally premieres in theaters today. Alongside the ensembled cast and the new Bat vigilante, Robert Pattinson, joins Golden Globe Best Actor nominee, Colin Farrell as The Penguin.

To portray the iconic villain, Cablepot AKA The Penguin for The Batman, Farrell went through a drastic makeup transformation that seems to be unrecognizable at all, with scarred and a pock-marked face. The actor revealed that his look for the film even terrified his son.

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In a new episode for Hot Ones Youtube channel, Farrell was the exclusive guest and revealed how it is extra challenging for him to play as The Penguin while wearing a mask, and how his unrecognizable look in the film has shaped his performance.

Farrell explained, "For me, it was absolute liberation, I thought that it would be very limiting. I really did, I thought I'd be just oppressed by this – and it was totally the opposite. When the piece moves as well as the piece that was designed for the Penguin moved, my eyebrows moved to my cheeks and my smile, it was f*cking insane. I didn't have any fear that Colin could be seen through."

"The first day we tried the whole thing out, we took it for a drive – a spin, metaphorically speaking," the actor continued. "We did it in Burbank. It took about six or eight hours. It was a team of 10 or 15 people. And it was really fun. I went into Starbucks and ordered myself a very un-Oswald drink, an oat milk latte with two stevia sweeteners. I got a couple of stares but only because it's such an imposing look. [Designer] Mike Marino did so much of the work for me on this, so much of the heavy lifting."

While Farrell remains a side character for The Batman, director Matt Reeves confirmed that a spinoff centered on The Penguin is already in the works and will serve as a sequel to the film. In an interview with SFX Magazine, producer Dylan Clark also teases about the upcoming spinoff and its comparison to Scarface.

"We're doing one with Colin [Farrell, as Oswald Cobblepot], seeing Oz rise to power, almost like a 'Scarface' story," Clark shared. "It's exciting to do something like that just as a standalone, but it speaks to the character and our movie, so that you'll go back to the movie [and say], 'Oh, I see that backstory there, that line refers to this'."

Catch Colin Farrell as The Penguin in The Batman, now showing in theaters.

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