Empire interview with Mark Margolis on Noah ~
Proof that anything a mutated neutrino and Roland Emmerich can do, God can do better (and first), Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is currently at the pointy end of production. The whole shebang is coalescing into something seriously intriguing – after all, we’re talking about the director of Pi, Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan tackling the first ever apocalypse – and our spies tell us that even the big guy upstairs is excited to be involved.
Someone else with a tingle of anticipation is Breaking Bad stalwart and old Aronofsky hand Mark Margolis, who plays a fallen angel known as Samyaza in the film. As he explained to Empire, he won’t look anything like Breaking Bad’s wheelchair-bound enforcer. “I play a 12-foot god,” he said, “[and] most of my character will be created through CGI.”
Shooting in Iceland, Margolis took the mantle of leader of a posse of six-armed angels known as the ‘Watchers’. They’re a giant breed of angels who have been at odds with God since the Fall – ‘Samyaza’ is another name for Satan – and likely to be a source of trouble for the Almighty, and Russell Crowe’s Noah too.
“All of my scenes are with Russell [Crowe], who I found to be a very funny guy,” said Margolis. “They used me and my voice, but they had a pole standing up from a backpack I was wearing, so that Russell had a sightline of a person 12 feet high. I hope that some of my facial movements are used in the final thing.”
Reading between the lines, the connection between Noah and Samyaza could hold the heart of the drama. Those CG angels may conjure scary thoughts of Legion but, fear not, Aronofsky is just the man to avert this mighty dread.
Coping with the flood alongside Crowe and Margolis are Jennifer Connelly, Saoirse Ronan, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand and some doves. It’s a mighty ensemble and, until a trailer arrives,should keep you in juicy titbits from the production.