While speaking to the Hollywood Reporter on… well, non-Spidery things… Topher Grace, who played Eddie Brock/Venom in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 defended the director and the film, which is considered to be one of the more inferior Spider-movies.
Via Hollywood Reporter:
I know the movie did well for Sony, but I also know a lot of people weren’t happy with it. I think Sam is so talented. I remember one time I was on ninth unit. (Laughs.) Ninth unit? It’s like he’s running a small country. This summer, there was a movie like that where people are just slamming a big studio movie. I would love to see anyone who’s slamming one of those movies try to fit in Sam Raimi’s position. He was like the president of a small country — by the way, it had the gross national income of a small country, too. I have huge respect for him. I think, on a whole, he did such a fantastic job [on that trilogy].
You may remember that earlier this year Sam Raimi expressed some regrets over how Spider-Man 3 turned out.