The former Rome star, who portrays the Devil in Nicolas Cage's Marvel sequel, told Digital Spy that he was surprised to be offered a role in the blockbuster.
"It's a genre I don't know," Hinds said. "That was something I didn't think I would ever be involved in. I do Shakespeare! I wear breeches and do Jane Austen! And then this is just mad, so different.
"I don't know how it'll turn out - probably just this mad kind of film that certain people of a certain age will get into."
Asked about his interpretation of Satan, the Northern Irish actor explained: "Playing the Devil in human form - I didn't know what level to play it at. They just said, 'Give us your stuff', but it's not fire and brimstone."
Hinds also teased a scene with Cage which sees the Devil confront Johnny Blaze.
"I did get to meet Nic Cage, which was a thrill. A very nice, very professional man. Very good, very sharp," he commented. "We only had one scene, where he gave me a punch in the jaw and sent me miles away!"
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will open in cinemas on February 17, 2012.
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