Lizard Actor Sticks Tongue Out at Amazing Spider-Man Movie

51610-spider-man-s-lizard-part-1-animationIt seems actor Rhys Ifans wasn’t a fan of the Amazing Spider-Man movie. He recently was interviewed by Total Film. He was quoted as wanting a more gritty Lizard story. He really wanted to “Shed” the restraints of a typical superhero story. 


“Anthropologically, it was fascinating,” said Rhys Ifans of The Amazing Spider-Man. “If I was an anthropologist, it would have been very valuable… As an actor, it was a lesson.” The actor then said his was not into comics prior to landing the Lizard role, but he was a bit familiar with the supervillain. “As I got into it, I remember looking into The Lizard and there was one of the comics where Dr. Curt Connors goes home, and he’s messing about with his Lizard-ness,” he started. “He takes his work home with him, and he eats his kids.” He continued, “I remember thinking at the time, ‘That’s the film I want to be in.’ Not necessarily Dr. Curt Connors eating his kids, but in terms of exploration, in terms of what this film could be about, that was the film. And of course, it could never be that. Whatever you’re told and promised at the beginning of something, when it comes to franchises like that, it’s never ever going to be what ends up on screen.”

About the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, Rhys Ifans says, “I have absolutely no opinion on it. No opinion.” However, he adds, “I hope that when they reboot, there will be more emphasis on the ‘boot’ than the ‘re’, because it needs a kick up the arse.” Fair enough! What do you think?

(2) Comments

  1. Borvoc

    My personal opinion is that actors who play villains should embrace their roles and not sign up expecting that their character is going to be treated as a protagonist or get a majority of the screen time. A movie has to cover a lot of points in a short amount of time, and too much focus on the villain runs the risk of making things too dark and depressing—especially if we're talking about a family film. If you want to play a complex villain and get a lot of screen time, you may have better luck in on a TV show, where there are more collective hours to be shared among all the characters. I wouldn't mind Kurt Connors as a recurring villain/ally in a Spider-Man ongoing TV show.

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