Matthew Fox’s upcoming role of Racer X in the high-speed summer blockbuster “Speed Racer,” took the actor to a dark place — and a tight one.
“He is a mass vigilante. He’s wearing leather, a very tight leather driving suit that turns into sort of a helmet visor,” Fox told Access Hollywood.
The actor said prepping for the role kept him awake at night, but not because he was working out to fill out his tight leather racing suit.
“There are a lot of ways to play a character who’s shrouded in a leather suit,” Fox said. “It could go bad.”
Fox told Access that in order to pull off the outlandish costume, he went to his own dark places.
“I had just complete faith in Larry and Andy Wachowski and Kim Baret, who designed the suit, and everybody was contributing to what (the costume) would look like within the context of the world that they were building,” he said.
The key to Racer X was literally finding the character’s voice, according to Fox.
“I worked really hard on the voice of a guy. I wanted to bring sort of a stylized thing to it,” he added.
But don’t expect Fox to slip into his trademark Racer X voice on command.
“I can’t do it if I don’t have the suit. The suit is what does it. Drop the helmet on, suddenly the voice is there,” the actor said.
“Speed Racer” zooms into theaters on May 9.