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Captain Marvel: Ben Mendelsohn says his Skrull makeup was like a 'pig's head'

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Nov 23, 2018, 10:49 AM EST

About four months from now, actor Ben Mendelsohn (Ready Player One) will lead a shapeshifting Skrull invasion of our planet in Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel. Re-teaming with co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck for the first time since 2015's Mississippi Grind, he plays Talos, a high-ranking Skrull leader, who has managed to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. itself by taking on the form of a regular human.

Thanks to his unique ability to alter his form at will, Mendelsohn will rock two forms in the movie, his usual face and a pointy-eared, green-skinned mish-mosh of practical prosthetics that he jokingly described as a "pig's head" during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

"The thing I like most about the film, other than reuniting with Anna and Ryan, is that I get to work with just about everyone,” Mendelsohn said. “That’s the beauty of being the antagonist, minus the pig’s head."

Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel, the first Marvel movie to feature a woman as its central protagonist, stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force pilot whose DNA is infused with the powers of the alien race known as the Kree. The film is also the first Marvel project to have a female director (Boden) and female composer (Pinar Toprak).

“Obviously this is a big moment for Marvel, and hopefully a sweeping change for inclusion and diversity in the industry,” Mendelsohn added. “I think we have something really special here, and that all comes from a finely crafted script, it’s absolutely beautiful."

While THR had him, they were also able to probe the Australian native for answers about the studio-mandated Rogue One reshoots that he feels weren't such a big deal.

 "It was just a case, from my point of view, that they were going to be working multiple units. Gareth [Edwards] was writing and then he would come and film some things and Tony [Gilroy] was shooting his material," Mendelsohn said. "To me it’s a collaborative business, and this was just business as usual, and I’m so proud of that one.”

Captain Marvel soars into theaters March 8, 2019. It co-stars Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Clark Gregg, Djimon Hounsou, and Lee Pace.