[Movies] Willem Dafoe Says The Amazing Spider-Man Is A Cynical Way To Make Money
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.04.2013
"It's the same story!"
In an interview with Total Film to promote his video game Beyond: Two Souls (on the Playstation 3 on October 11), Willem Dafoe gave his thoughts on The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony's reboot of the franchise.
Dafoe played Norman Osborn, The Green Goblin, in the 2002 Sam Raimi version. While he was killed in that film, he later returned to haunt his son Harry (James Franco) in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.
He said: "I saw a trailer for the first Spider-Man reboot and I thought, ‘This is crazy! It's not shot for shot, but it's the same story.' I thought, ‘This is sort of a cynical approach to making money!' I like Spider-Man, the first one that I was involved in, because although you can argue all sorts of things, from my perspective it was very pure. It really was. The way Sam Raimi approached it, it was pure in its intentions and I think he captured, particularly, Tobey [Maguire] at that particular moment. This real, genuine innocence; it wasn't indicated. Then after that it became more difficult because it's hard to achieve that when it's gotten some kind of attention and a certain level of success!"
When asked if he's seen the reboot, he replied: "Not so much. The older I get, I don't have the time to do everything that I want to do."
Finally, he gave his thoughts on Chris Cooper taking over his role in the Marc Webb-directed sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He added: "You know, in the theater, people play the same role all the time. I don't know anything about it, really."