Lee Pace, who plays Ronan the Accuser in Marvel's upcoming film about a talking raccoon, Guardians of the Galaxy, had some interesting comments about his character in a Yahoo! Movies interview:
I’ve never played a character like Ronan before. I like a bombastic villain, and that’s what I had a good time doing. It was the most fun playing this character… I was stronger than I’ve ever been, doing all this training, and the character is just a beast. He’s just so evil. At first when I started working on him, I was thinking, “We’ve seen so many great performances of villains by very talented actors in superhero movies. I’ve got to find something relatable about this guy.” But the more I played him, the more fun I had with just being evil. [Laughs] Evil, evil, evil. He’s an alien – there’s no kind of human rules. There’s nothing to relate to, actually. It just became, like, the more dark I could conceive of him, the more I understood him.
Asked to elaborate, because "evil, evil, evil" is apparently not descriptive enough, Lee compared the character to deceased Al Qaeda leader and perpertrator of the 9-11 terrorist attack Osama Bin Laden:
He’s like Osama bin Laden – he’s like a religious fanatic. It’s so cool.
Wow. I've always kind of viewed Ronan as a somewhat gray-area type of character, especially in recent history. Osama Bin Laden, not so much. But the internet thanks Pace for phrasing it like that, because its made for some great headlines.
Guardians of the Galaxy, starring Lee Pace as Osama Bin Laden IN SPAAAAAAACE wil be in theaters on August 1.