Elektra's Visnjic an SF Fan
July 2004

Goran Visnjic, who co-stars in the upcoming comic-book movie Elektra, told SCI FI Wire that he's been a fan of science fiction since he was a kid and that he still watches SF on TV—including one particular SCI FI Channel show. "I was a big sci-fi fan since I was a kid," Visnjic (TV's ER) said during a break in filming on the movie's set outside Vancouver, B.C. "I first grew up with, like, mythology, then just a lot of sci-fi, and Stargate SG-1 is one of my favorite TV shows."

In Elektra, which is based on the Marvel Comics series spun off of Daredevil, Visnjic plays Mark, the father of an unusual girl who is targeted by ninja assassins, including the title Elektra, played by Jennifer Garner. "In Mark's case, ... what makes it interesting for an actor to play is that he's, like, protecting his daughter," Visnjic said. "That's my main objective, and Mark's only duty in the film, you know, is protecting his daughter." Mark is an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances. While shooting a fight scene in a wooded park outside Vancouver recently, Visnjic rehearsed with a knife for a scene in which he helps Elektra fend off attacking ninjas.

It's Mark's role in part to help Elektra, a cold-blooded killer, redeem herself, Visnjic added. "Trying to put Elektra on our side to help us out, because she's the only one literally who can save you," he said. "When an international mafia, with ... villains with supernatural capabilities, comes after you, you want to have somebody like Elektra on your side. Mark is one of the characters who is helping storytelling. ... And he's one of the things ... to help Elektra on her journey, ... making it really complicated, because he is one of the reasons why she is turning from a professional serial killer ... into a good person again." Elektra is currently in production, with an eye to a February 2005 release.