Fra Fee on Why His Kazi in ‘Hawkeye’ Strays from the Comic Version

Through 4 episodes of Hawkeye, Fra Fee’s Kazi hasn’t really resembled his comic book counterpart.

When it was announced that Fra Fee would be bringing Kazi Kazimierczak to the screen in Hawkeye, fans on the iconic Matt Fraction and David Aja run on the comic of the same name were thrilled at the idea of seeing the character terrorize Clint and Kate. In the comics, Kazi certainly displayed all the characteristics of a psychopath but, so far in the show, we’ve seen a much more subdued take on the character. Fee talked to about the differences between the character we’ve seen so far on the show and the one from the comics and whether or not we might ever see him unleash the true evil he displayed in the great run.

I was fully aware of the origins of this character. And I think it was a really intriguing character in the comics. And there was a lot that I was able to take from his persona in the comic books. What I love about Kazi, he’s got this really intense, sort of brooding, everything’s simmering at the surface sense of himself. And I believe that’s because he’s harboring a lot of stuff. There’s a lot of issues and there’s a lot of painful things that have happened. And also deep rooted passions that make for this very intriguing character that doesn’t necessarily wear on his sleeve, unlike his counterparts in the mafia that are big, brash versions of themselves. He’s not, he’s got a quiet intensity. Whether or not it is to be seen that he takes on this persona that is traditionally viewed in the comics, we’re not sure. But like you said, I think that the comic book figure is inherently evil.

It’s always interesting to hear how deeply involved actors become entangled in the characters they play. Fee has clearly put a great deal of thought into how who Kazi WAS defines who he IS.

What I love about Marvel Studios and how they’ve tackle tackled villainous characters is that we have a much more fully fledged out version of themselves. There’s a sense of history, there’s always a reason to be, there’s always a reason why these characters act the way that they do. And so to be able to actually figure out why Kazi is who he is, how he’s got to the place that he has found himself, that’s really, really exciting rather than just playing an evil dude. Whether you need to know the why, and I think we’re able to do that here.

Through four episodes, Fee’s relationship with Maya seems to be vital to who is at the moment, a relationship he discussed here with our own Charles Villanueva. It would be interesting to see what might become of Kazi should his relationship with Maya fall apart. As Fee said, the reasons the characters become who they are is a part of fleshing out the characters for these adaptations, so maybe, in this adaptation, we’re just in the middle of Kazi’s Clown persona’s origin story.


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