'Ninjago' star Justin Theroux on why he likes playing bad guys

Justin Theroux is becoming known for nailing the evil guy roles.

ByANGELA WILLIAMS
September 27, 2017, 11:31 AM

— -- Justin Theroux is getting a rep for playing Hollywood's bad dudes. He was cast as the bad DJ in "Zoolander" and the murderous husband in "Girl on a Train."

Now he's trying to conquer an entire city, but with a few twists. He's small. He's plastic. He's an evil Lego.

Theroux is the voice of Garmadon in the all new "Ninjago" movie.

PHOTO: Justin Theroux as Garmadon in "The Lego Ninjago Movie."
Justin Theroux as Garmadon in "The Lego Ninjago Movie."
Warner Bros. Pictures

"I love playing villains. A lot of times they’re more interesting than the dashing lead," Theroux said in a recent appearance on "Popcorn With Peter Travers."

He added, "Villains don't see themselves as villains. They see themselves as damaged or wronged. And this is a good villain actually. Usually a good villain has some sort of an origin story."

PHOTO: Justin Theroux appears on "Popcorn with Peter Travers" at ABC News studios, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York City.
Justin Theroux appears on "Popcorn with Peter Travers" at ABC News studios, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York City.
Emilie Richardson/ABC News

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In this story, Garmadon is the father of the green ninja, who is also his nemesis.

"He's an evil guy whose sole mission is to conquer Ninjago. But he's constantly thwarted by the ninjas," Theroux, 46, told Travers.

PHOTO: Justin Theroux appears on "Popcorn with Peter Travers" at ABC News studios, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York City.
Justin Theroux appears on "Popcorn with Peter Travers" at ABC News studios, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York City.
Emilie Richardson/ABC News

He went on, "He’s this wonderful combination of completely stupid and completely confident which is a wonderful combination for comedy."

While the whole evil guy thing is working for Justin, he originally had other ideas for his career.

"I thought I was going to be a painter for a lot of the first part of my career," Theroux said. "I did a lot of paintings of murals. I was a double major visual art drama. I still keep a sketch book."

Be sure to watch the full interview with Peter Travers and Justin Theroux in the video above.

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