One of my friends called me yesterday to tell me he's in an episode of Mr. Sunshine- which I don't watch but will admit that I still think Matthew Perry is a cutie I wouldn't shoot down....don't judge me. I know, get to the point Jo.
OK so my friend is a big fan of the comic book movies coming out and I asked him about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and his thoughts on it. The first thing he said is "Nic Cage is a badass, I love him". me too. The second thing he said is "I hope they don't fuck up Blackout". meee too baby.
Turns out, it's a BIG DEAL that Johnny Whitworth is playing Blackout. And according to my friend, some general concerns in the ultra-critical comic book world are will directors Neveldine and Taylor keep Blackout true to his original nemesis character and allow us to fully experience this dark demonic villian with the in-depth, significant role we're expecting, or will they morph Blackout into kind of an unexplored novelty act that will leave fans disappointed. Whatevs. It's Johnny Whitworth cast as Blackout so I'm not worried and you shouldn't be either.
We all knew a while back that Johnny was playing Blackout and was in Romania/Turkey to film for 4 months or so- but the cool thing is that while he was doing press for Limitless, his role in Ghost Rider 2 was rediscovered and one of his comments in particular was quickly picked up all over by entertainment outlets and social networking sites (that would be Twitter and Facebook, k).
“I play the villain who, at the beginning, up until like page 70, is human…I’m not a very nice guy. I’m bad. I get turned into, for those who read ‘Ghost Rider’, the character Blackout. I get turned into him by the devil to complete my job. That gives me the fortitude to fight Ghost Rider and the supernatural abilities to compete on some level with that guy.”Like I said it's a big deal and Johnny Whitworth is considered to be an excellent choice for the role of Blackout.
But whatever his role is and despite the so-called concerns of the direction and layout of the movie, he'll kill it because he knows how to kill it consistently with whatever he has to work with. And while most people have plenty of that Neveldine-Taylor faith, there will always be a drove of dorks waiting on a colossal massacre of the original instead of being open and amped for the 2012 interpretation of Ghost Rider 2. I can't wait.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance currently has a February 2012 release date.