Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Interview: Karl Urban On "Priest"

NZ actor Karl Urban talks to ComingSoon.net about his role as the villain Black Hat in the upcoming comic book adaptation Priest, starring Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q, out in January 2011.

"The fun thing about villains is that they get to do and say those things that we can never do in real life. I love that," says Urban. "The thing about that character was that he was a former priest and his job was to hunt down vampires. He was captured and turned into one and found himself on the other side. I guess it's kind of a do or die situation...There was an emotional complexity about it in terms of the fact that I felt betrayed by Paul Bettany's character for having let me go or letting him let me be captured or not killed me. There's sort of interesting layers that you can sort of infuse and the depth of that rage and anger and longing and lust even of wanting Paul Bettany's character the Priest to come and join me so together as brothers they can exterminate humanity."

When asked about the vampire genre comeback he says "I think it's kind of sexy. It's definitely post-True Blood and Twilight, it's really interesting how that whole genre has taken off. I think there's something taboo about it and that's always very attractive and forbidden and sexual. I think that's a great hook for people. You always want what you can't have."

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