Willem Dafoe, who starred as the Green Goblin in the Spider-Man trilogy that starred Tobey Maguire, is not a fan of the re-boot versions of his former franchise.
“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,’” the actor told Total Film. “I thought, ‘This is sort of a cynical approach to making money!’”
He didn’t have a problem with Chris Cooper playing his pre-re-boot part of Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” saying: “You know, in the theatre, people play the same role all the time.”
The actor had much kinder words for the Sam Raimi version of the franchise.
“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,” Dafoe says.
“It really was. The way Sam Raimi approached it, it was pure in its intentions … 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!”
Dafoe has yet to watch the re-boots, nor does he appear to have any plans to do so.
“The older I get, I don’t have the time to do everything that I want to do.”
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