The actor and comedian opens up about Daredevil, geeking
out, and the Marvel character he should play!
Posted Jun 14, 2012 2:30 pm
Updated Jun 14, 2012 2:37 pm
By Blake Garris
For a man that needs no introduction, we're going to give
him one anyway.
You probably know him best from his hugely successful
comedy albums, his memorable appearances on late night talk
shows and his roles in projects like "Ratatouille," "Big
Fan," and "The King Of Queens "just to name a few. He's
Patton Oswalt and in between his busy schedule doing stand
up, promoting his albums and acting in numerous TV and film
roles, he took the time and speak with us about comics,
writers, and why he'd like to be Foggy Nelson.
NOTE: This interview took place in fall 2011
Marvel.com: Who is your favorite Marvel character?
Patton Oswalt: I have too many to name. I mean, I've always
liked the idea of Spider-Man. You know, the fact of getting
power gets you responsibility. Like that was the first time
that they really, really embraced that.
John Garrett from ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN is a favorite of mine.
He's pretty awesome. I don't really think the
character matters as it matters so much the writer who is
doing it. Great characters can be done horribly depending
on whose writing them.
Marvel.com: What are you reading right now that you're
Patton Oswalt: Anything that Jonathan Hickman's doing
right now is pretty great; all of Matt Fraction's stuff
with CASANOVA and
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN.
Marvel.com: You love some specific comic shops. Would you
want to name any of those that you like to go to?
Patton Oswalt: Oh God, Austin Books & Comics is pretty
great. Forbidden Planet in New York is terrific. The House
of Secrets in Burbank. Comics Ink down in Culver City is
pretty great. Golden Apple, I know it's an oldie but a
goody; it's great, Golden Apple. Nothing wrong with it.
Secret Headquarters in Silver Lake is great, places like
I mean, sometimes I do a lot of traveling so I'm just
kind of at the mercy of whatever local store I'm in.
Comix Experience in San Francisco is great; Quimby's in
Chicago. So yeah, places like that.
Marvel.com: I was wondering if you ever had any storylines
for Marvel characters that you thought about doing.
Patton Oswalt: Off the top of my head, none have really
come to mind right now. I would want to do something
smaller and self contained like a Daredevil or a Moon
Knight or somebody like that. I'm not too good with
like massively cosmically powered figures. I actually had a
Ghost Rider idea a few years back but something to do with
Ghost Rider now is too close to the idea that I had. So
that didn't quite work.
Marvel.com: What character would you want to play if you
ever got to play a Marvel character?
Patton Oswalt: A Marvel character? Foggy Nelson would be
fun. It's a guy trying to talk sense into an obsessed
blind criminal. I'm not really in shape to play any
Marvel characters. I don't think anyone would buy me
playing any Marvel characters.
Marvel.com: Do you have any specific runs you love from the
past and even today?
Patton Oswalt: ["Born Again" from DAREDEVIL] is brilliant.
ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN is one of the best comics I've ever
Marvel.com: Any illustrators that you like?
Patton Oswalt: I don't really follow art; it's just
the writers. Art has always been kind of indifferent to me.
I know that's kind of a sacrilegious thing to say.
Except for in extreme cases like Guy Davis and [Bill]
Sienkiewicz. And [Jim] Steranko's stuff was always pretty
Marvel.com: Any recent Marvel movies you've seen that
Patton Oswalt: Well the first two X-Men, the first two
Spider-Man [movies] were some of the best super hero movies
ever made. "Punisher: War Zone." The first "Blade" was
amazing. I thought "Captain America: The First Avenger" and
"X-Men: First Class" were both fantastic. They really put
the lie to this whole idea that studios had that "kids
wanna see stuff that takes place today." It's like
"no they want to see good stories, man." That's all
they want to see.
Marvel.com: You had an album come out recently. Anything
you want to say about that?
Patton Oswalt: It's my fourth one and I'm very
happy with it. I had a lot of fun doing it and it feels
good now that I can do theaters and people are coming to
see me, which kind of makes me want to work a little harder
and step up and not give them what they think they're
expecting and take them in different directions. And I hope
that people think that I did that on this new album. So far
the reviews have been really good so it's gratifying to
do something that you really like and had fun doing and
people seem to like it so that to me is always an A plus.
Marvel.com: What other things do you geek out over besides
comics and movies?
Patton Oswalt: It's not like I'm a slave to any
genre; anything that's good. I mean that can be a
restaurant, a film, a landscape, a book. I guess the term
"geeking out" is just you appreciate that something good
exists, you know? I just geek out when the folly is there,
when the essence is there, when the joy and the creating is
there rather than the joy in getting the awards and
accolades. And it's hard to describe, but you know it
when you see it.
Marvel.com: Anything else you want to talk about right now?
Patton Oswalt: Well I'm looking out the window of my
car right now and a leaf just fell off of a tree onto the
street and now the leaf is on the street. You said talk
about anything you want to talk about.
For more information on Patton Oswalt's albums, upcoming
shows, and appearances you can visit his website at www.pattonoswalt.com.
You can also follow him on Twitter @pattonoswalt.