GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Lee Pace Says Ronan is a Religious Fanatic, Compares Him to Bin Laden

Ronan actor Lee Pace spoke to Yahoo! Movies and provided some details about his villainous character in Guardians of the Galaxy.

"He’s like Osama bin Laden – he’s like a religious fanatic. It’s so cool. When in my life did I think I’d be playing a character like this? When I got the call about this, I was like, 'What? OK, OK… I’m in.'"

Pace then reveals that he actually auditioned for the role of Star-Lord. (Which is exactly similar to actor Tom Hiddleston auditioning for the role of Thor but then being offer the role of Loki.)

"I’d auditioned for Star-Lord, and then Chris [Pratt] obviously got the part… and then they called my agent and said, 'We have another part for him!' So I quickly put that on tape and Ronan worked out."

But what about Ronan? How evil is he going to be? Pace continues.

"I’ve never played a character like Ronan before. I like a bombastic villain, and that’s what I had a good time doing. It was the most fun playing this character… I was stronger than I’ve ever been, doing all this training, and the character is just a beast. He’s just so evil. At first when I started working on him, I was thinking, 'We’ve seen so many great performances of villains by very talented actors in superhero movies. I’ve got to find something relatable about this guy.' But the more I played him, the more fun I had with just being evil. [Laughs] Evil, evil, evil. He’s an alien – there’s no kind of human rules. There’s nothing to relate to, actually. It just became, like, the more dark I could conceive of him, the more I understood him. "

Guardians of the Galaxy releases in theaters on August 1, 2014.

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