Marco Grob Finds Humanity in the Super Human
Our world is full of wonder. We know less about the bottom of the ocean floor than we do about the surface of our moon. The human brain is still a mass of mysteries. We’re not even sure how cats purr. But those mysteries pale in comparison to the stories that we tell each other. Stephen King has long been considered the Master of Horror but his magnum opus, The Dark Tower Series, edges further in to fantasy than most other stories that he’s written. It’s finally coming to the big screen in a series of films starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, and who better to give us a first look at this hotly anticipated film than Marco Grob?
Marco was invited by Entertainment Weekly to photograph their revealing cover that shows off these two actors for the first time ever, and it’s a project that Marco leapt at. “Amazing actually,” he says. “I think both of them are within the absolute best actors right now. I was extremely thrilled that we could work with them. That was really amazing. The collaboration was great.” Each of these gentlemen transformed a little bit in front of Marco’s eyes, transforming into a balance of themselves and their characters, and Marco was able to give shape to those interactions, carrying it to a cover shot. We don’t want to reveal any spoilers but both of the characters they play are larger than life, larger than human, so it’s a fine balance to highlight the humanity behind those characters and put them in the context of a magazine cover.
Marco lends his talents time and time again to stories that extend our visions of reality. Whether it’s a series of spots for Netflix’s Daredevil, or the movie posters for Marvel’s The Avengers and Captain America: Civil War, Marco takes larger than life superheroes and villains and creates the visual language for us to contextualize and understand them. But Marco is unique in his ability to speak to us in that way because he finds the realism inside of it. Personally, Marco is passionate about stories that are rooted firmly in reality so when he has a superhero in front of him that’s what he looks for, draws out, and shows us. He gives us the truth behind the mystery, the humanity in the super human. And it helps the rest of us understand them more completely.