Wilson Fisk is a well-known figure in the Marvel Universe. Created in 1967 by Stan Lee and John Romita Sr, Kingpin has gone from being a Spidey villain to spearheading crime in different comic book series.
He has been adapted for live-action three times in the forms of Michael Clark Duncan, John Rhys Davies and Vincent D’Onofrio. D’Onofrio reprises the character currently on Daredevil streaming on Netflix.
Wilson Fisk has spent time in almost all the countries of the world, but still, he calls New York his home. This is why he finds himself at odds with costumed heroes. He is a beloved character, who has an extensive history. So today we will discuss 7 crazy details about Kingpin’s body.
7. Inspired by Sydney Greenstreet
Stan Lee and John Romita found inspiration in Sydney Greenstreet for the character. Kingpin debuted 13 years after Greenstreet lost his life to diabetes. The Spider-Man Chronicle series made it clear to fans that comic book writers remembered Greenstreet’s performances.
Greenstreet reprised a lot of solo roles, including a corrupt club owner in Casablanca.
6. Young Fisk was a Disney Star
Before Wilson Fisk became the fiery villain, he was a child. The first season of Daredevil gave fans a glimpse into his childhood. While he wasn’t shown a Disney star in the series, he was played by one.
Cole Jensen, who is a Disney Channel star reprised the role of young Wilson Fisk.
5. Lost his memory
It’s common for comic book characters to go through a memory loss. While sometimes they forget because of an injury, other times the bad guy removes all memories for a reason.
For Fisk, it was the latter. This happened during the One More Day storyline in the Spider-Man comics. Give it a read, if you haven’t yet!
4. Lead Pipe did some real damage
The Daredevil film starring Ben Affleck and Michael Clark Duncan had fight sequences which got too real.
Although Affleck’s stunt double did spend a lot of time rehearsing the scene with Duncan, Affleck used a real lead pipe while rehearsing with Duncan. During the scene, Affleck used the real pipe instead of the plastic one which resulted in an injury to Duncan’s eye.
3. He can go toe to toe with Captain America
Howard Hughes was a leader of Hydra in the Captain America comic book series. But as it turned out, Fisk once abducted Hughes and hid in his penthouse. But, he was soon discovered by Captain America.
This led to exchanging blows and surprisingly Wilson Fisk proved to be an even match for the super soldier.
2. Loves a good bear hug!
No, Kingpin doesn’t like embracing people at all. The bear hug is his signature move during a fight. Wilson has travelled all around the world and knows many fighting styles. One of them happens to be sumo wrestling. He prefers using this move in the comics.
This move sees him wrapping someone too hard in order to immobilise them and then throw them.
1. Stays in Shape with the Soul Cycle
Vincent D’Onofrio is a brilliant actor, known for undergoing transformations to suit himself for a role. He once gained 70 pounds for a role during his early days in acting. For Kingpin, he had to put on some extra weight but in between seasons of the show, he did end up losing a bit.
During an interview with Men’s Journal, he revealed that eating healthy is never a problem for him as most of his family is a vegan. Whenever he wants to lose weight, he turns to cardio workouts. However, that’s not the case with the role of Kingpin. For that, he takes soul cycle classes with his life.