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THE MOVIE: Daredevil

THE STARS:
Ben Affleck • Jennifer Garner
• Colin Farrell • Michael Clarke Duncan
DIRECTOR: Mark Steven Johnson

Heroes and villains THE CONCEPT:
Movie version of the Marvel Comics character who by day is a blind lawyer named Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck), and at night turns into Daredevil, a masked vigilante who uses his other four senses and superhuman sharpness to ensure justice is done.

U.S. RELEASE: February 14 2003, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

BEN AFFLECK:
“It was interesting playing a blind guy. The interesting thing about this is, although he’s blind with his eyes, it is not the way in which we think of people who are technically blind. He has this superpower in terms of advanced hearing that allows him to create this three-dimensional map using a kind of sonar of his surroundings. A lot of times, as Matt Murdock, it’s an act that he plays pretending to be more helpless than he really is.”

JENNIFER GARNER (Elektra):
“The year of Alias [her TV series] was my boot camp for Daredevil, and I did the movie because I wanted to learn what I could learn and take it back to Alias. I went into Daredevil prepared to take on the next challenge, which was learning to fight with weapons, fighting every single day, learning to do the extensive wire work that we did in this movie.”

COLIN FARRELL (Bullseye) on fighting with Garner:
: “She’s really tough, man. She’s a fit bird. We would do a take or two and I’d be in the corner wheezing, and Jennifer would be like, ‘Can we go again straightway?’ I’d be going, ‘She’s gonna kill me!’”

JENNIFER GARNER:
[laughing] “I’ve never seen anyone more determined to kill me in his whole life. Colin was so into our fight scene; it’s a good thing he smokes as much as he does, otherwise I don’t know if I’d be sitting here with you right now.”

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON on casting Michael Clarke Duncan in the role of Kingpin:
“At first I was planning on casting a white guy, because I wanted everyone to look exactly like the comic book. But I kept thinking, ‘Michael Clarke Duncan is perfect for me.’ I looked at the shaved head, the deep voice and his strength and presence, he was perfect – but he was black. And I thought, ‘This is stupid, I’m being so much more true to the spirit of the character to cast Michael.’”

MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN (Kingpin):
“Daredevil didn’t grow up in a nice neighborhood, like most superheroes. He grew up in a type of ghetto. I can relate to that because that’s where I come from. I knew the things he went through every day. I could look out my window or walk down the street and see the same thing that Daredevil or Kingpin does.”

JENNIFER GARNER on a possible spin-off Elektra movie:
“Elektra’s story is epic. There is no ending to her story. There’s talk of a spin-off, but I don’t know any more than you do. I’m open for it. I would miss the big red devil if I had to do one on my own but, as long as my stunt double is up for it, I’m up for it. Maybe I’m ignorant or naïve as to how serious they are about it. I’m up for doing a Daredevil sequel, but I’m going back to Alias, so I’m happy.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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