'Papa' of Stranger Things Is Inspired by Japanese Villains, Says Matthew Modine

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Credit: Matthew Modine in Stranger Things Season 4 (Credits: Tina Rowden/Netflix)

After Eleven’s famous line in Stranger Things, "You’re just like Papa," circulated online, the character of Dr. Martin Brenner has gathered enormous attention to anyone who's a fan of the show. Yet, in a recent interview, actor Matthew Modine revealed he wasn’t so keen on accepting the role of the overarching antagonist.

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“I didn’t want to do it. The Duffer Brothers kept saying: “Oh he’s going to be really important.” They never told me he was kidnapping children. I passed, but they kept ringing me up and made it really difficult for me to say no.” revealed Modine to The Guardian.

Matthew Modine as Dr. Brenner
Credit: Netflix
Matthew Modine as Dr. Brenner

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The 63-year-old, whose acting legacy is to be taken seriously, demanded changes to the character of the evil scientist; he spoke candidly about the fact that he wouldn’t want to play an uncompelling character.

He said, “When they described my character, he was unshaven, with work boots and a flannel shirt. And he had a lot of expositional dialogue, which an actor never wants.”

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But the Duffers were not ones to back down, so they let the Full Metal Jacket actor give Dr. Brenner the necessary makeover to showcase his wickedness.

“When I finally said yes, I said, I want to dye my hair white because evil characters in Japanese anime always have white hair and I want to wear a suit like Cary Grant in North by Northwest,” expressed the actor.

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In Seasons 1 and 2, Dr. Brenner made the life of his daughter Eleven miserable. He vacated the lab gown in the third season before making a surprising entrance in Season 4 to help her beloved daughter regain her powers through questionable methods.

In Episode 8 of Season 4, the scientist finally met his satisfying death, giving people the pleasure of knowing that a villain like him is not to be forgiven despite his demise.

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Stranger Things Seasons 1-4 are now streaming on Netflix.

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