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[Movies] BJ Novak Hints At His Character In The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.06.2013

In an interview with The Huffington Post about Saving Mr. Banks, BJ Novak spoke about his character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Here are highlights:

On his role in the film: "No. I'm in a couple of scenes. Yeah, I was never told whether or not I could say. I can say that I work at Oscorp. And I am someone from the comic books, someone from the original. So, yeah, I'm somebody. I wouldn't say I'm pivotal, but I'm not an extra, either."

On seeing Tom Hanks play Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks: "It was incredible. I really believe that Tom Hanks and Walt Disney have some overlap to their souls. They are both these larger than life American figures who, at the same time, feel completely "everyday." The first time I met Tom Hanks, I had this incredibly weird feeling. As soon as he said, "Hi, B.J.," I felt, I knew I knew Tom Hanks. Like, all of these years, I knew he was seeing me, too. And I think that's how people felt about Walt Disney. We were filming and it was the week before the Academy Awards and people were talking about what their plans were and, you know, in the makeup trailer I asked Tom, "Oh, where are you going to watch them?" And he's like, "I'm going to watch them at home, invite a couple of people over," something like that. And then later I thought, For all I know he's presenting Best Picture. How did I think he'd just be another guy in jeans? But he didn't think that question was weird. And this year he might well win one."

On not having to answer questions about The Office anymore: "Oh, wow. Yeah. That's completely true. Once I did a long interview about charity -- I was promoting a charity that I was helping out -- and the last question was "Who do you want to replace Steve Carell?" And I said, "Maybe Danny McBride" and the entire story was just about "B.J. Novak wants Danny McBride on 'The Office'" -- [laughs] they didn't even mention the charity. What is it like not having that come up next? I guess it's a little wistful to think of it that way. I loved "The Office," but, maybe, also I'm a little free to not always be going back to school in the fall -- to realize that summer vacation is actually going to be the rest of your life."


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