If you have any doubts about J.K. Simmons being a powerhouse, watch Whiplash. Are you rushing or dragging?! The film is playing on one of the premium networks constantly. I can't remember which one, but it's one of my many guilty pleasures. Every time it's on I can't help but be impressed by what an authoritative figure J.K. Simmons can become.
A different type of character, sure, so maybe Simmons can at least thank Spidy for the on-set experience of a big-budget comicbook adaptation. And, speaking of sets, the actor had a lot to say about the first day he showed up to Zack Snyder's Justice League set.
Simmons Shows Up to Justice League Set
While talking with Collider, Simmons attempts to explain what it was like to arrive to a Zack Snyder set.
“Yeah well there’s not a lot of ‘small’ on those kinds of sets. When you’re working with Zack Snyder ‘small’ is not the word that comes to mind, or any of those DC Universe kinds of projects. I mean there are two schools of thought about that for actors. It is kind of nice, in a way – especially when you’re playing a supporting part – to start out just kind of doing a little ‘Oh and then you’re gonna walk down this hall, say hi to this guy, and that’s your day’s work.’ Kinda get your feet wet. Or whether it’s better to just dive into the deep end and get some of the heavy stuff out of the way. It was fun, I mean that whole universe is something I’m really excited to be a part of for a while down the road hopefully.”
As expected, the actor hopes that DC and Warner Bros keep the character around for future franchise installments. The good news is that he's already been cast for Affleck's The Batman.
Commissioner Gordon From the Comicbook Pages
Zack Snyder's attention to detail in regards to bringing comicbook panels to life is evident. Case in point: Watchmen. But we only recently discovered just how extensive this attention was. Sticking to habit, Snyder worked with J.K. Simmons to ensure the look of Commissioner Gordon was on point.
“And that’s what I wanted very much to do. As we sort of went back and forth with Zack and I and the wardrobe and hair and makeup and all those people, saying how we wanted the look to be, I think we all ended up being very much on the same page.”
Same page indeed. If you can't wait until 2017 to see J.K. Simmons in theaters, you can next catch him opposite Ben Affleck of all people in The Accountant. To listen to the rest of the interview, head on over to Collider.