Ciaran Hinds has been in the acting business for many years. But it is only in the wake of his role as Mance Rayder in HBO's hit series Game of Thrones that he is earning some credit. The 64-year old Irishman has toiled away on a number of projects over the past couple of decades. And, since his breakout performance, he has been given a huge payday courtesy of the upcoming DC installment Justice League.
Hinds earned his first break in his profession way back in 1981, and unbeknown to him at the time, would feature alongside some of the biggest names in the industry today. Playing the part of King Lot in the adventure classic Excalibur, Hinds would be pitted next to Sir Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren.
But it would be his version of the supervillain Steppenwolf where the Independent were keen to delve as the publication spoke with Hinds this week.
Steppenwolf Can Relate To World Weary Batman
The Justice League trailer that dropped last month offered plenty of various narratives to digest. From the emergence of Cyborg to the relationship between Batman and Wonder Woman, plus the involvement of Aquaman and the Flash. Everywhere you looked there was a new player in the game.
But aside from Superman, it would be the supervillain Steppenwolf who has been kept hidden away from the teasers so far. Hinds gave a short rundown as to his motives for the movie.
"He's old, tired, still trying to get out of his own enslavement to Darkseid, (but) he has to keep on this line to try and take over worlds," he outlined.
So how did Zack Snyder cast Hinds for the part? Would it be his run in Game of Thrones, or was the filmmaker a fan from the early days?
“They were great fans of Excalibur, Zack and his team. Maybe that’s how I got the role (in Justice League)! Who knows? There’s a bit when they’re walking in Gotham City and suddenly on a marquee of a cinema you see Excalibur playing.”
Small Details Go Long Way For DC's CGI Villain
Although the set has been jam-packed with A-list stars for the ensemble, Hinds' actual involvement will be hard to quantify. With only a small amount of detail on his face that can be tangible on screen, the actor would apparently not get to rub shoulders too often with the likes of Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons or J.K. Simmons.
“Basically they’re going to construct something, digitally, and then they will use my eyes and mouth.”
A job is a job after all. Justice League opens November 17.