EXCLUSIVE: Dominic Pace Campaigning to Portray Lex Luthor!

In an exclusive CBM interview, hopeful actor Dominic Pace discusses portraying Lex Luthor,and how he would approach the role, what he thinks of Director Zack Snyder and who he thinks should play Superman!

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By MrDCUniverse - 12/21/2010
How do you think Lex Luthor should be portrayed in a modern Superman movie?
I think audiences are over the 'caricature/overly done' Superhero films. It seems quite obvious with the success of Dark Knight, that audiences, as well as Directors/Screenwriters/Actors are much more interested in a 'fleshed out/ 3 dimensional' Superhero/Villain, which tells a deeper story. I think Heath Ledger's Joker defined this new level, as well as set the standard for actors portraying these legendary characters.

I'm always intrigued by the subtleties that actors bring to a villain. What is the deeper reason they are what they have become? I feel that in life, we are able to relate to these villains sometimes more than the hero... and when the screenwriter, director, and actor play out the back story of the villain, the audience is filled with a much richer experience.

Even though my Facebook Campaign pictures a Lex in "Level 10" emotions, if I were to portray the role, I'd love to focus on the more subtle aspects of the villain, which, to me resonates much more stronger than some "overly acted" maniac. There's no doubt, that if Snyder and Nolan create the role, they would find that subtlety to give the highest resonance to the story and the new direction of the Superman franchise.


What sort of influences would you draw from in your portrayal of Lex?
I'm going to be perfectly honest with you. I have studied acting since I was 16. My road has been long and painful. Even though I have never quit the business for one day, the 'process' for a 'no name' actor can be quite painful at times.. To a point that, for someone like myself, you would think I was a Masochist to continually throw myself into the fire of rejection, and being just a number at some of these cattle calls.

There are many so-called Industry Professionals that are not actors... They can sit back and tell me and my peers to just 'enjoy' the process. To be patient, wait your turn, and continue to do good work.. If you do this, everything will be Rosy and Shiny, and William Morris will come knocking on your door one day with a big contract.

I have not taken the rejection, nor the politics of the business lightly... but ironically, I feel that over the years, it has helped work to such an extent, that when given the right, villainous role, all of the anger, rage, bitterness, years of going through the motions at various restaurants/putting up with spoiled customers, will come out.

When I've slipped a line or flubbed an audition, I do not 'let it go.' I am a perfectionist in many ways.. On a personal level, I did not grow up with a father. When I was 10, I was bullied pretty badly and always kept that rage within me throughout my life and work. Acting has always been an 'out,' and a safe way to let all of that anger and frustration play out.


Most fans are sick of seeing Lex Luthor as the villain, but what do you think Lex's role should be in the reboot?
I've read many of the fan posts.. and it seems obvious why Nolan may want to head in a different direction.. i.e. (Not your normal, popcorn, 1 dimensional, ooh/ahh CGI) reasons. For the record, I have a tremendous amount of respect for the fans that feel this way. I think a happy, interesting medium would be to have hints of the origin of Superman... Perhaps a subtle, ominous, presence of Lex, with less screen time than a major role. I'm confident that Nolan will take the reboot to a deeper level with Superman.. similar to Dark Knight with his training and origin. I think Lex should certainly exist, but only to the extent that creates Nolan's vision, and not for the gratuitous "this is the villain" reason which leaves no substance. I think Nolan has bigger plans and I'm confident he will not disappoint.

As well as Lex Luthor being the villain, who would you like to see as well facing off against Superman in 2012?
Huge Terrance Stamp fan for what he did with Zod, along with the rest of his brilliant career. Zod would also be one of those characters to where Snyder and Nolan can do their magic.. bringing out the 3 dimensions of a villain that is rich for the audience.

What would it mean for you to work with a director like Zack Snyder?
Like the rest of the world, the artistic style of 300 was 'mind blowing.' It would be a deep honor.

Which actor would you like to face off against as Superman?
Being 6'3" myself, I would love to see another tall lead. I like Joe Mangiello. I love what he's done on True Blood.

Also, for the record, even though I have publicly announced my love for the role.. I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for every A-lister mentioned for Lex should the role be written. FromBilly Zane to Ralph Fiennes. I don't want my pitch to be 'well I'm better than them.' But I am confident in my own ability, as well as my own take on the role, if given the opportunity.


With Superman having Lois Lane as his prominant female interactive character, would you like Lex to have a similar character like Mercy Graves for example or the opposite direction and have somebody like Miss Tessmacher from the 1978 movie?
Part of me actually wants this new version to be a different take on the comic book and/or previous films... There's something much more powerful with Lex solo... I'd almost like to see him as a distant, maniacal, hermit with zero comic relief, or secretary to lighten the intensity.

MrDCU: I'd like to make a massive thanks to Dominic for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer these questions that will doubt put out a good feeling about him as Lex Luthor! Truly great answers that couldn't have had any more heart and passion into them. All the best to Dominic about going for the role. If you wish to follow Dominic's progress then copy the link to his campaign on Facebook! If you wish to learn more about Dominic's history as an actor then check out his IMDB Page by copying the link!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dominic-Pace-for-the-role-of-Lex-Luthor-in-Superman-Man-of-Steel/104288372971884

http://imdb.com/name/nm0655124/
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Denn1s - 12/21/2010, 5:22 AM
he seems to care for the part and knows about the character. he has the look, so why not? i am in support of this guy from now on.
MarvelousMarty - 12/21/2010, 5:36 AM
Great interview, I enjoyed that.
Ibz - 12/21/2010, 6:02 AM
damn he knows his shit, he was on target about lex luthor, he should be present not a cameo but not the main villain either but he should be there, luthor is more then con man, he's fricking genius, a guy who thinks he's the hero NOT the villain. something that i believe has never been portrayed on the big screen. Rosenbaums version of lex luthor was perfect, they should take inspiration from him. this guy should at least get an audition. great interview. the guys like anderson davis seems to really care about the role
davidhall - 12/21/2010, 7:23 AM
Wow. Give the guy a shot.. He's had a long tenure in Hollywood as a Bit Player.. Stories like this is what fans like. I'm sure it'll go to a big Movie Star, but Dominic Pace deserves a good, clean shot.
Vafrous - 12/21/2010, 8:42 AM
This guy knows his shit and supports Joe Manganiello, therefore he has my vote...
@MrDC, Nice work man...
davidhall - 12/21/2010, 9:05 AM
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davidhall - 12/21/2010, 9:07 AM
not bad
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LEEE777 - 12/21/2010, 9:44 AM
Wow, cool!
WolvieCBM - 12/21/2010, 10:26 AM
A very big NO to Lex Luthor in the new Superman film. We need some other villain.
MichaelDrey - 12/21/2010, 11:29 AM
I'll tell you what, he may have a better shot than some of the A-listers.. Look at Mark Hamil, Brandon Routh, Carrie Fisher, and Hayden Christiansen.. None of them did anything before that.
If they're going to go in a different direction, an unknown might be more intriguing. Team Dominic
MichaelDrey - 12/21/2010, 11:48 AM
@Superguy... well said. I give this guy credit though. He's going out there and hustling. Most of Hollywood just waits for their agent to call.
ElBeaster - 12/21/2010, 12:07 PM
Lex Luthor is very much like Ozymandias, so I'm a little fearful as to how Snyder will handle this character.
kakinurmawth - 12/21/2010, 12:10 PM
@DCU: good interview man!

I wouldn't mind seeing him as Lex. I would prefer a different villain but if I had to see Lex again on screen I would want to see what this guy could bring to the role.
hoodedjester - 12/21/2010, 12:19 PM
how about leave lex in jail and move onto a real enemy for superman. I don't care who it is other than not Luthor and someone who can punch superman and have him punch him back. I want to see a fight like in Hulk.
davidhall - 12/21/2010, 1:38 PM
They can get him a personal trainer if he needs to lean out a bit. Not a bad vid on his FB fan page

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satanors - 12/21/2010, 1:46 PM
what? No lex? Are you guys out of your mind?
Checkmate - 12/21/2010, 3:39 PM
I'm for him, he seems to know the character and has the look, I just wanna know if he can act.
AlexDeLarge87 - 12/21/2010, 3:40 PM
Lex is going to be there, but he is not the main villain just trust me!

Pace looks like he could pull off the role pretty well! But still i prefer Jason Isaacs or Paul Bettany.
AlexDeLarge87 - 12/21/2010, 3:41 PM
Im pretty sure that Brainiac is going to be the main villain and Lex just side villain.
But if you guys want a great Superman movie then Lex has to be there! Superman is nothing if his archenemy isnt around!
TheGreatone0207 - 12/21/2010, 5:00 PM
He looks the part, but I've never heard of him. Which may not be a bad thing. Personally, I thought Keven Spacey saved Superman Returns and paid great homage to Gene Hackman
nuck82 - 12/21/2010, 5:54 PM
EXCLUSIVE!!!!!! dick hole
Warhorse - 12/21/2010, 8:32 PM
put a skull cap on Liev schreiber and shut up Losers
Warhorse - 12/21/2010, 8:37 PM
put a skull cap on Liev schreiber and shut up Losers
dante1 - 12/21/2010, 8:46 PM
Team Dominic!
Bryanferryfan - 12/22/2010, 1:53 AM
Yeah Luthor should even be silent in the film.... no dialogue just action. Superman should be in a knock out drag out fight .... other heroes from the DCU should be in the new Superman film .... Why not let this dude have the role.... we need new faces. People who deserve breaks and struggle and get rejected should be given the chance to sign the deals and get the applause for a change.
Bryanferryfan - 12/22/2010, 1:54 AM
Hey Dom I hope you get the part!
StrangerX - 12/22/2010, 8:16 AM
Can't wait for the first casting news.
BigChief16 - 12/22/2010, 8:00 PM
Can this dude even act?
sweetre15 - 12/22/2010, 10:27 PM
@BigChief: From what Ive seen of his work he can capture Luthor's essence.....He has alot of TV credits
MichaelDrey - 12/23/2010, 8:21 PM
Definitely deserves an audition
LP4 - 12/26/2010, 9:01 AM
I don't want this mafia/gangster/al-capone look alike to be Lex. I said it on the last article about this guy and I will say it again- NO DOMINIC lol
MichaelDrey - 12/26/2010, 3:38 PM
Look, the guy has a strong look for the role. He's paid his dues, and at least deserves an audition. Bottom line. Acting wise, we know that he's had principal roles in a ton of TV shows. Not an easy feat to do when you're an unknown, with a smaller talent agency than a lot of the Heavy Hitters. Congrats to comicbookmovie.com for recognizing him.
JoshCharmley - 12/28/2010, 4:31 AM
I Like this guys take on Lex but I don't like his look for the role, he is too bulky as someone else mentioned. Plus (In My Humble Opinion) Michael Rosenbaum IS Lex Luthor. No one else will EVER be a more Perfect Actor for the Role. Rosenbaums Luthor was Brilliant!

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