Colin Farrell appears to want to spend a long time playing Oswald Cobblepot, and he may just get his chance.
Speaking with Entertainment Tonight in support of his new movie Thirteen Lives, Farrell revealed that he will probably begin filming the HBO Max Penguin series in 2023. He was asked if he would like to continue beyond that and replied, “Oh my god, you kidding me? It’s so much fun, are you joking [with] me? I’ve been around the block man. That was an easy sport, I mean, it was a joy.”
When asked about the status of the sequel, Farrell said, “Matt’s up to his bollocks, you know, hovering over the keyboard and just planning the story because he’s just so meticulous.” He went to add, “He’s so obsessive about what he does, but he’s all over [HBO Max’s] The Penguin [series] as well. I mean, he’s not gonna direct it but he’s all over the structure of the scripts and who’s gonna direct them. And so, it’s exciting.”
Despite being unrecognizable in his Oswald makeup, Farrell has nothing but glowing things to say about prosthetics designer Michael Marino. “I was hidden beneath Mike Marino’s work. Mike Marino’s such a genius, what he did, what he created. I’ve never had less ownership about a part I played than I have over [“Oz”]. I really can’t. It’s 50-50, maybe 49-51 in his favor.”
Hopefully, we’ll see Farrell under those prosthetics sooner rather than later.