MARVEL MAN

Su­per­hero hot­tie Finn Jones moves from Iron Fist “it boy” to The De­fend­ers A-team.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY SCOTT HUVER

“HYPE IS GREAT, BE­CAUSE IT MEANS PEO­PLE ARE IN­TER­ESTED— THERE’S A BUZZ. BUT IT ALSO MEANS A LOT OF JUDGE­MENT!” —finn jones

For some ac­tors, go­ing from star­ring in your own binge-wor­thy Net­flix series to join­ing an en­sem­ble show might not seem like a step for­ward. But for Finn Jones, it was a breath of fresh air.

The 29-year-old star of Iron Fist, Marvel Comics’ su­per­hero mar­tial arts master Danny Rand, was al­ways slated to join the head­lin­ers of the comic book mega­lith’s other pop­u­lar series to form The De­fend­ers, a street-level Avengers-style team. And Jones was thrilled to unite with his com­rades-in-arms, on-screen and off.

“We’ve all led our own in­di­vid­ual Marvel shows, we all know what it takes, and we all know the suc­cesses and the frus­tra­tions,” says Jones. “Only we un­der­stand each other be­cause only we have gone through this.”

Equally ap­peal­ing to the Brit-born ac­tor was his unique place in the story as the green­est mem­ber of the team, as well as the most knowl­edge­able about the oth­er­worldly threat the he­roes face. “Danny is the youngest of the four, and be­cause he’s the youngest, he has this reck­less, youth­ful en­ergy about him that just wants to get shit done, and wants to get it done now,” he laughs.

Jones, who also spent sev­eral sea­sons play­ing Game of Thrones’ outed no­ble­man Lo­ras Tyrell, ad­mits there’s a push/ pull to star­ring in high­pro­file shows. “Hype is a great thing, be­cause it means peo­ple are in­ter­ested in your work—there’s a buzz,” he says. “But it also means there’s a lot of judge­ment—all those peo­ple cri­tiquing ev­ery minute de­tail of your per­for­mance! That can get in the way of cre­ativ­ity at times.”

De­spite a few pub­lic skir­mishes over Iron Fist’s cul­tural con­texts and crit­i­cal re­views, Jones says his jour­ney has been well worth any costs. “The joy comes from, hon­estly, the de­vel­op­ment of char­ac­ter, and I don’t just mean [what] I’m cre­at­ing with Danny, but also my own char­ac­ter,” he says. “It’s the joy of the real-life strug­gle, which is ul­ti­mately what I find to be the most re­ward­ing thing. You can’t put a price on it.”

Steel-ing scenes! Iron Fist star Finn Jones is back as Danny in The De­fend­ers this month. “Danny has this reck­less en­ergy that just wants to get shit done now!” says Jones of his lat­est iconic comics role.

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