Jamie Foxx fires back at haters over his Electro casting in Spidey 2

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Jan 2, 2014, 2:31 PM EST (Updated)

Upset about Jamie Foxx’s casting as Electro, or any other upcoming geek casting moves (see: Ben Affleck as Batman)? Well, Foxx has a few choice words for you.

In a recent interview with the print edition of Empire Magazine, Foxx chatted about the immediate feedback actors receive these days when they sign on for a major sci-fi or comic-book movie. Though most fans haven’t flipped out over Foxx’s casting in 2014's Amazing Spider-Man 2, the Academy Award-winning actor said he does get a little pissed when folks decide something is terrible before they actually see it.

Here’s an excerpt:

"It used to be people would wait until they saw the film to decide their opinion. Now it's, 'Ben Affleck is Batman?! How [frick]ing dare you!' What's that all about? These blogs don't like anything. Christian Bale. Heath Ledger. They weren't happy — until they saw them. So you have to not give too much to it.”

Foxx makes some solid points, and looking back, there were more than a few Batman fans who couldn’t figure out how pretty-boy Heath Ledger won his (now iconic) role as the Joker. Hey, that one turned out all right, so fingers crossed Foxx (and Affleck, for that matter) can pull it off.

In addition to firing back at the haters, Foxx also teased a bit about his take on the supercharged baddie and how they developed his look and tone. Turns out he could have been a lot bluer, and Foxx is apparently taking Electro’s badass-ness very, very seriously:

“We tried a few different versions of the look. There were some that involved a lot more blue, but this one just looked the best. And it cut the make-up down from four hours to about one-and-a-half, which is good for me. I like this suit. The suit works. It's badass. I could wear this to the clubs…

I didn't want Electro to be funny at all. There were lines I thought he shouldn't say. This is a man who's angry. He's mad at the gods. He's just using Spider-Man and these people as an excuse to act out and be evil. The voice is from me watching Clint Eastwood and Alec Baldwin. The great whisperers.”

You’ve got to love that Foxx has seemingly bought in completely on making Electro a baddie that we’ll remember. Plus, fans got more than enough wannabe humor in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 abomination, so here’s hoping director Marc Webb was listening when Foxx brought up his concerns.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2, 2014. What do you think of the immediate reaction, and sometimes vitriol, that can spew when casting decisions break?


(Via Comic Book Movie)