Vincent D’Onofrio says he “never really thought” he’d play the Kingpin again

By Stephen Ippolito | December 24th, 2021

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last nine days, then you should know by now that Vincent D’Onofrio has returned to play Wilson Fisk (AKA Kingpin) in the Disney+ series Hawkeye. D’Onofrio, of course, played the role on Netflix’s Daredevil show for three seasons (2015-18).

During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, D’Onofrio was asked about returning and whether he’d ever thought it was a possibility.

“I was surprised. I had held out hope that Daredevil would somehow survive even after we stopped, but that ended quickly. But I always kept supporting the fans and their excitement about Daredevil, and also their excitement about my character. But you know, I never really thought it was going to happen, so it was obviously a pleasant surprise that Hawkeye was one of the things that Kevin wanted me to do. It’s amazing.”

Not sure if you caught that at the end, but according to D’Onofrio, Hawkeye was “one of the things” that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige wanted him to do. It’s not clear if that means will be seeing him in more MCU projects going forward or if he meant that he could have debuted in something other than Hawkeye. When asked if Fisk will be back, D’Onofrio said he didn’t know.

Later in the interview, D’Onofrio was asked if he had trouble playing the character again after being away from it for a couple of years.

“It’s a tough character to play in that it’s based on a lot of his pain from his childhood. Once I reconnected to the way I played him [on Daredevil], what the events in his life were, and attached myself to the emotional aspects of the character, then it was fine, I was good to go. I know that we were picking up with the same guy. It’s tough to connect all the dots, but they connected as many as they could and that he had lost a bit of his power because of the Blip. But the idea [was] to bring him into Hawkeye, to have him be that same character that he was in the earlier show, and play him like that.”

Between Hawkeye and who showed up in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it’s been a good couple of weeks for fans of the Netflix Marvel shows. Hopefully, that trend continues in future projects.

As for Hawkeye, all six episodes are available now on Disney+.

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