'Guardians of the Galaxy' Actor Compares Marvel Villain to Osama bin Laden

Lee Pace elaborated about his Marvel character, Ronan the Accuser, during a recent interview.
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If you're wondering what kind of villain Ronan, one of the bad guys in this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, will turn out to be, the actor behind the face paint and grimace -- Halt and Catch Fire's Lee Pace -- can tell you: He's just plain 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," Pace told Yahoo! Movies, jokingly describing his character as simply "super, super evil."

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What flavor of evil, you may be wondering? Well, one that's not completely unknown, it turns out. "He's like Osama bin Laden -- he's like a religious fanatic," the former Pushing Daisies actor said. He did caution against reading too much into the character, however. "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."

In comic book continuity, Ronan is part of the law enforcement agency of the alien race known as the Kree, and as such has led countless invasion forces on behalf of his race against alien planets and races. Whether or not this means that the Kree -- who have been mentioned in passing in an episode of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD -- will appear in Guardians remains unclear.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1.