Chris Evans sports fun facial hair and a morbid sense of humor as real-life hit man Robert Prongay in The Iceman, out this week on DVD and Blu-ray, and in our exclusive clip he explains the obvious reasons why his character's nickname was changed from "Mister Softee" to "Mr. Freezy" for the big-screen adaptation.
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"He was an ice cream man; he actually drove around by day and would sell little kids ice cream cones and have bodies in the freezer at the same time," says Evans with a hint or morbid bemusement. "I think we changed it to 'Freezy' in this [movie] because we might not have been able to get the rights for 'Softee.' But, you know, same difference."
The title character of The Iceman is actually Richard Kuklinski (played by Man of Steel villain Michael Shannon), a taciturn individual who appeared to be a devoted husband and father living the American dream, but in reality was a ruthless killer-for-hire who knocked off more than 100 men for the mob before his arrest in 1986. Kuklinski earned his nickname by freezing corpses in an industrial freezer to throw off the body's time of death, an idea he got from Prongay, who also taught Kuklinski how to employ different methods of cyanide to knock off his victims.
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Sporting lots more handlebar mustaches, the supporting cast of Iceman includes David Schwimmer, Robert Davi, Stephen Dorff, James Franco and mobster mainstay Ray Liotta, plus Winona Ryder as Kuklinski's oblivious, loyal wife. The Iceman was directed by Ariel Vromen (Danika, Rx).