Mark Strong: ‘It’s a shame John Carter and Green Lantern flopped’

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Actor Mark Strong says he’s disappointed that sci-fi blockbuster John Carter and superhero movie Green Lantern ended up being Box Office duds.

The British star, now well-known in Hollywood for his villainous performances, also claimed he would have been “well up for” reprising his role as Sinestro in a Green Lantern sequel.

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Asked if there are any ‘overlooked classics’ on his CV in an interview with Metro, Strong replied:

John Carter and Green Lantern: I don’t naturally gravitate towards sci-fi movies, but I could see the merit in them and was fascinated by how they were shot and would turn out.

“Neither did particularly well, which is a shame.

“I was disappointed Green Lantern didn’t get a sequel.  I was really looking forward to Sinestro harnessing the power of fear and putting on the yellow suit, I was well up for it – but these things are dictated by economics and they felt it didn’t make enough money.”

John Carter cost a colossal $250 million to make but pulled in just $283 million worldwide, while Green Lantern grossed a similarly dire $220 million on a $200 million budget.

Strong’s latest movie Welcome To The Punch, in which he plays a gangster forced out of hiding, is out at UK cinemas from today. Find showings near you on WOW247

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Mark is the content manager for WOW247 in Leeds. When he isn't waxing lyrical about Ben Wheatley and Caravan Palace, he's writing about cult cinema, obscure horror movies and outlandish games.