Superhero (and –villain) talk may be everywhere all of the time for sites like Cinematical, where genre material is as important as the quote-unquote more serious stuff, but it's rare to get real insights about playing these characters directly from the actors who portray them. But Mark Strong is not only one of the most articulate and thoughtful actors working today, he's one of the most generous: After interviewing him several years ago during the release of Body of Lies and RockNRolla, Strong was gracious enough to encourage us to reach out anytime we wanted to talk about the moviemaking process. And in the midst of screenings and interviews at last month's South by Southwest Film Festival, Strong checked in with some observations and insights about a couple of his high-profile projects, Green Lantern and John Carter of Mars.

Look for a longer interview on Cinematical next week in conjunction with Strong's role as the villain in Kick-Ass. But in addition to the answers he provided below about the two eagerly-anticipated fantasy films, Strong opined about the value, for him at least, in discussing his work with interviewers and journalists. "It's really rewarding to be able to talk about what it is that I'm trying to do," Strong said via telephone. "I'm having a ball at the moment, I have to say. On John Carter of Mars, I'm playing the leader of a group of people called the Therns, who are godlike race, and then going on to play Sinestro, never having played an alien in my life, that two have come along at once is quite interesting. I'm spending most of this year going in and out of space."

"It's fascinating, but once again, even though these guys are powerful, dark characters, it's all a different environment," he continued. "The fact actually that Syriana and Oliver Twist came out at around the same time, and then Body of Lies and RockNRolla were around the same time, and it's fascinating to me now that Robin Hood and Kick-Ass are going to be around at the same time, I think that's what you want as an actor because it allows people to see you doing very different things back to back."