‘Daredevil’ Actor Admits Physical Changes For Role “Just Not Healthy Anymore”

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When Netflix’s Daredevil series ended on October 19, 2018, after three seasons, many Marvel fans were disappointed. Over the course of the series, Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page, Elden Henson’s Foggy Nelson, and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk/Kingpin had become fan favorites.

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Now, Marvel Cinematic Universe fans’ dreams are coming true as both Cox and D’Onofrio have officially made their MCU debuts — in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) and the Disney+ Original Hawkeye series, respectively.

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62-year-old D’Onofrio recently spoke out about making his return as the popular villain, noting that the physical changes he has to undergo to play Marvel Comics favorite, Fisk, are “just not healthy anymore,” so some CGI effects were used to alter his appearance for the Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld-led series.

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He shared, “I can’t put on that much weight anymore because of my age, it’s too hard to take off and it’s just not healthy anymore,” then went on to say:

“In a couple of shots, there were [camera perspective tricks]. But we tried a couple of different looks and the one we came down to was some extra shoulders, and extra chest, and extra girth around the middle. But I did [put on weight], I always go up about somewhere between 15 and 20 pounds when I play Fisk. Because he needs that round face… I have to put on additional weight to get some weight [in my face], to fill out my cheeks a little bit more, and then the rest [is costuming and effects].”

Vincent D'Onofrio as Kingpin in the Marvel Netflix Daredevil Series
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While neither Marvel President Kevin Feige nor any other executives have confirmed where D’Onofrio’s Fisk will show up again in the MCU, it is presumed that the character will make his return in Hawkeye spinoff, Echo, which will star Alaqua Cox reprising her role as Maya Lopez/Echo.

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In the Marvel Comics universe, Kingpin and Echo have a close relationship, as he helped to raise her from childhood.

More on Hawkeye

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The official description of Hawkeye reads:

Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye” stars Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, who teams up with another well-known archer from the Marvel comics, Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. The cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. “Hawkeye” is helmed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie. “Hawkeye” debuts on Disney+ Nov. 24, 2021.

More on Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Joining Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), the official description of Spider-Man: No Way Home reads:

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

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Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Zendaya (MJ) are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Willem Dafoe (Green Goblin), and Alfred Molina (Doctor Octopus) in the film.

No Way Home is currently breaking box office in the United States and around the world.

Are you looking forward to seeing Daredevil characters make their mark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

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