'The Amazing Spiderman' star Rhys Ifans talks about his villainous role as the Lizard(Read article summary)
'The Amazing Spiderman' star Rhys Ifans discusses why Spiderman is more accessible than other superheroes and what sets the Lizard apart
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While itâ€™s true that 2011 was a banner year for superhero films â€“ Green Hornet, Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern, and Captain America â€“ 2012 is destined to be a banner year for major superhero films like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Amazing Spider-Man.
Speaking of the Spider-Man reboot, Rhys Ifans â€“ the man whoâ€™s playing Spider-Manâ€™s kindest rogue, Dr. Connors (A.K.A. The Lizard) â€“ recently spoke in detail about his role in the upcoming film.
â€śThe majority of comic book villains are pure evil, but Curt Connors is an exception. Curt Connors is a good man who initially wants to save the world but he gets hungry and greedy and reckless and he pays the price for that.â€ť
Eh, itâ€™s arguable that most of the Spider-Man villains â€“ and a majority of the best supervillains in general â€“ have a complicated quality to them. Itâ€™s something Sam Raimi picked up from the get-go. Norman Osborne wasnâ€™t good by any means, but he was more insane than he was â€śpure evil.â€ť Likewise, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Venom, and so forth, were all very complicated â€śbad guys.â€ť Though itâ€™s true, of course, that The Lizard was one of the few Spider-Man rogues to be a totally good guy when unaffected by his evil, Lizard-based super powers.
On what makes Spider-Man interesting when compared to other household superhero names like Batman and Superman, Ifans said:
â€śI just love the whole Spider-Man thing because Superman is so kind of godlike, he comes from another planet, Batman is this inaccessible, unapproachable millionaire, and Peter Parker is this schoolboy whoâ€™s bullied and I think thatâ€™s the kind of enduring appeal to that story. We can all relate to his bullying and the kind of flux that puberty induces in a young boy becoming a man.â€ť
On Emma Stoneâ€™s role as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man:
â€śEmma works with me. Emmaâ€™s character Gwen Stacey is a student who works at my laboratory.â€ť
When asked why he wouldnâ€™t disclose more details, Ifans said:
â€śYou donâ€™t want me to turn 9-foot-tall and green and covered in scales and lick your face until you die.â€ť
I think itâ€™s safe to say that everyone wants to see that â€“ on the big screen â€“ when The Amazing Spider-Man comes out. (In July of next year.)
Ben Moore blogs at Screen Rant.