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December 19th 2008, 4:00 AM

Gabriel Macht as the title character in the comic book-inspired film ‘The Spirit,’ opening Friday.

Who was that masked man?

The star of “The Spirit,” opening Friday, may not be as recognizable – with or without the mask – as castmates Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendes, but the strong-jawed Gabriel Macht is ready for his closeup.

To get in the head of a character grappling with identity issues even as he wrestled with the bad guys, Macht plastered every inch of his trailer with storyboards and Xeroxes of the 1940s comic strips by Will Eisner that the movie was based on.

“His trailer was full of Spirit-phanelia,” marveled Jackson. “He was dealing with his identity crisis all the time.”

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