Willem Dafoe still hasn't seen The Amazing Spider-Man, but that won't stop him from labeling it a "cynical" money grab.
Dafoe, who played Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin in director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, is making the rounds to promote his work on the new video game Beyond: Two Souls, and was asked what he thought of the Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield-led reboot now heading into its second film, which will feature a new Norman Osborn, played by Oscar winner Chris Cooper. Dafoe has said previously that he was "shocked" to learn another Spider-Man origin film was in the works, and he was shocked again when promotional materials for the film started to appear. Apparently all it took was seeing the trailer to get him a little upset about the way the film told its new Spidey origin story.
“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,’” Dafoe said. “I thought, ‘This is sort of a cynical approach to making money!’”
Webb's version of Spidey's beginning did take a few liberties with the classic Spider-Man origin, but it was also the second time we saw the beginning of Peter Parker's story on the big screen in just a decade, which bugged at least a few moviegoers, and apparently Dafoe too. He's sticking by his work with Raimi, particularly 2002's Spider-Man.
“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 said.
“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."
As for what he thinks about Cooper taking up the role of Osborn for the rebooted continuity, Dafoe noted that it's actually very common for multiple actors to play the same role over time.
“You know, in the theatre, people play the same role all the time. I don’t know anything about it, really."
What do you think? Is it fair for Dafoe to knock the film without even seeing it?