Colin Farrell Compares His Transformation in “The Penguin” to a 'Beautiful Puppet': 'I Got to Animate It'

The actor previously portrayed the supervillian in the 2022 movie 'The Batman'

<p>Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty; Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images</p> Colin Farrell

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Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell doesn’t mind being strung along.

During an interview on Sirius XM's The Jess Cagle Show with Julia Cunningham, the Academy Award-nominated actor praised The Penguin's makeup department’s work for turning him into a “marionette” that he was able to animate.

Farrell, 47, called the makeup on the upcoming Max series an “extraordinary thing" and credited artist Mike Marino as the mastermind behind the Penguin's aesthetic.

“He created the puppet, and I'm the marionette, is the way I think of it. It feels like an on the nose description of what happened,” the actor explained. “He created this beautiful puppet and I got to animate it, and it was of joy.”

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<p>Courtesy of Macall Polay/Max</p> Colin Farrell as The Penguin

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Colin Farrell as The Penguin

Marino’s makeup work has been part of The Batman, Black Swan andThe Dead Don't Die.

Farrell previously spoke about working with Marino and fellow makeup artist Mike Fontaine in a January 2023 interview with Variety. The Banshees of Inisherin star said that there were only a few scenes with the Penguin in the 2022 movie, and he wanted more.

“I just knew there was so much to do with it — age it up, age it down,” he said at the time.

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Though he didn’t go into much more detail about the upcoming show during his SiriusXM appearance, Farrell said he hopes audiences will enjoy the spinoff about Oswald Copplebot.

“A lot of great people put a lot of hard work into it," he stated.

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Farrell first portrayed the Penguin in the 2022 film The Batman. The film's box office success was what prompted a spinoff show featuring the Gotham City villain to be ordered straight to series.

The Penguin premieres in fall 2024 on Max.

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