Love him or hate him, Zack Snyder is without a doubt one of the biggest names in modern filmmaking. He has a trademark style that pulls in countless influences, and while his films may be polarizing, his films are most definitely his.
This makes it all the more surprising that actor JK Simmons, who plays Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming Justice League film, had absolutely no idea who Snyder was going into the film, as he revealed to ET.
“I don’t know anything about show business. My agent called and said, ‘Zack Snyder wants to meet with you,’ and I was like, ‘Awesome. Who’s that?’ And he was like, ‘He’s like one of the biggest directors.’ Not even like, ‘This is what it’s about,’ just, ‘Go meet.'”
“So we went and met and hit it off, ’cause he’s a great guy, and we were several minutes into the meeting when I kind of saw this quizzical look and he goes, ‘You have no idea why you’re here, do you?’ He said, ‘Commissioner Gordon. I want you to play Commissioner Gordon.'”
Clearly, that meeting turned out pretty well. Simmons also revealed that he was immediately intimidated by the prospect of playing Commissioner Gordon, in no small part thanks to the great actors who have played him in the past.
From the sound of it, Simmons is optimistic that we’ll be seeing more of him in future films, saying:
“There have been so many incarnations of him, obviously in print and also on screen,” Simmons said, “and I think one of the aspects that I found the most interesting about him as I did my research, with my comic book nerd friends mostly, was that [he is] a tough guy. There have been so many incarnations of him, obviously in print and also on screen, and I think one of the aspects that I found the most interesting about him as I did my research, with my comic book nerd friends mostly, was that [he is] a tough guy.”
It’s a part he’s perfectly fit to play, and while we don’t expect to see too much of him in Justice League, we hope to see shades of what makes the character great in the few minutes we do see.
Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
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