Vincent D’Onofrio has had a hand helping to make Daredevil a resounding success for Netflix as Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin, who was the primary villain in its first season and remains a thorn at Matt Murdock’s side.
D’Onofrio talked to Collider promoting the Netflix feature El Camino Christmas when the subject of Daredevil came up when asked about his involvement in season three.
“I can answer part of that question. They’re all very secretive over there. I have a standing agreement with Jeph Loeb. We made a deal, before the first season, that I could come in and out of the show. We made an agreement that we would give each other a head’s up, throughout the years, so they’d know my availability. So, we picked a particular amount of time that he would give me the heads up on, if they needed me to come in. That particular amount of time, I won’t tell you, but that’s the agreement that we have.”
D’Onofrio mentioned about the progression of his character throughout the show.
“It’s hard to top the first season, with Steven DeKnight’s writing, but Erik Oleson (the new showrunner) is a very good writer. I’ve shot some pretty cool scenes, so far. It’s different, but it’s very Fisk. It’s still very emotional. The character is evolving. His whole deal is based on emotion, so we’re taking him down that role further. “
D’Onofrio alludes to what Fisk has been up to in prison biting his tongue so not to reveal anything specific.
“There are new focuses and new goals. That’s all I can say. If it was up to me, I would go on and on and on about it because it’s so interesting, but it’s so important to them, for us to keep our mouths shut. “
He closed by describing how his character evolved from being the primary villain to becoming a recurring character and how it resonates with fans.
“It’s very cool. I love the idea that I get to play him. I wanted to do the right thing, and I want to keep doing it. I remember the first season and how all of the Daredevil and Fisk fans were talking about it. It’s a big deal to them, and that really inspired me. It really brought my enthusiasm up, a lot. Their interest and their enthusiasm helps me do the best I can. I can only say that we’re doing things that are just going to blow the fans away. We’ve already shot some things that are just going to be neat for the fans. There’s some awesome things that are very much in the history of Fisk and Daredevil, that people have been waiting for. We’ve already put some of that stuff in the can, and there’s a lot more to do. I think they’re gonna be very happy.“
Daredevil returns on Netflix in 2018.