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Netflix's Sandman actor Boyd Holbrook had to get comfortable with confidence to play the Corinthian

Boyd Holbrook cites his character's confidence as "something that I had to get comfortable with"

Boyd Holbrook as the Corinthian in Sandman, wearing a white blazer and sunglasses
Image credit: Netflix

The debut of Netflix's adaptation of the classic comic Sandman is just around the corner, and we at Popverse were lucky enough to be able to sit down and chat with some of the cast of the new show.

Boyd Holbrook as the Corinthian
Image credit: Netflix

Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) plays the Corinthian, a nightmare created by Dream (played by Tom Sturridge), who then goes rogue. When describing his character, Holbrook said that the Corinthian isn't the sort of villain who would overpower you to get what he wants necessarily, but takes a more nuanced approach towards his victims.

"We tried to make this a character who had been around for so many— hundreds of years, there's a definite sophistication that came along with that. A character that you would invite into your homes, mistakenly, and that’s how he would lure his victims."

While the Corinthian is a nightmare, he's an alluring nightmare, which Holbrook had to get used to in his performance.

"I wouldn't say I'm a terribly confident person walking around, but that was something that I had to get comfortable with—just being so confident and alluring. That was something different to get used to."

Holbrook also discussed some cool special effects reveals regarding his character's trademark teeth-filled eye sockets—but we'll just have to wait for the show to come out to see how it all comes together.

Sandman will be available to stream on Netflix on August 5, 2022.

To check out who else Popverse talked to this year at San Diego Comic Con, check out our Popverse's SDCC coverage roundup.

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Tiffany Babb is Popverse's deputy editor and resident Sondheim enthusiast. Tiffany likes stories that understand genre conventions (whether they play into them or against them), and she cries very easily at the movies— but rarely at the moments that are meant to be tearjerkers.

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