Willem Dafoe Thought It Was ‘Nutty’ When Asked to Return

  • Willem Dafoe reprises his iconic villain position of the Green Goblin in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
  • At Brazil’s Comic Con Experience, Dafoe recalled his response to studying they wished him again.
  • He thought it was “nutty” since his character famously died in 2002’s “Spider-Man.”

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When Willem Dafoe first heard they wished him again for one more “Spider-Man” film virtually 20 years after his character was killed, he was shocked.

“When I heard it, I assumed, properly that is fairly nutty,” Dafoe stated of being approached to reprise his iconic Spidey villain, Norman Osborn/the Green Goblin, in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” during a virtual panel at Brazil’s annual Comic Con Experience earlier this month

“I acquired speared fairly good within the first movie,” Dafoe stated, recalling the Goblin’s loss of life within the 2002 movie by the hands of his personal glider. “But I assumed, ‘OK. They can work out a means to convey me again.'”


Willem Dafoe at the Spider-Man: No Way Home premiere

Willem Dafoe on the premiere of “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”


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Dafoe stated director Jon Watts pitched the whole sequel concept to him earlier than he even learn a script.

“It gave the impression of numerous enjoyable and resolution after which once we went deeper into it, I appreciated the concept that I used to be returning to one thing that was similar however completely different,” Dafoe stated of how Osborn is introduced again in “No Way Home.” “It’s a return to one thing I did earlier than with that sort of historical past however there is a spin on it and that appealed to me.”

In a separate clip launched by Sony Pictures, Dafoe stated it was an essential to him that his return could be greater than some “energy cameo.” 


If he was going to reprise the position, he wished to do as a lot stunt work as attainable.

Dafoe is 66.

“To do that bodily stuff was essential to me,” Dafoe stated in a pre-taped interview for the studio. “One of the primary issues I stated to Jon and [producer] Amy [Pascal], principally after they pitched it to me, earlier than there was even a script, was, ‘Listen, I do not need to simply pop in there as a cameo or simply fill in in close-ups. I need to do the motion as a result of that is enjoyable for me.” 

Willem Dafoe Spider-Man: No Way Home premiere

Willem Dafoe on the premiere of “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

Eric Charbonneau through Columbia Pictures

Dafoe added, “It’s actually inconceivable to add any integrity or any enjoyable to the character for those who do not take part in these items as a result of all that motion stuff informs your relationship to the characters and the story, and in addition it makes you earn your proper to play the character.”

And he does.

The actor has a bigger position than you might count on in “No Way Home” that is not solely heavy on the dialogue, it is also massive on the motion. Dafoe has a number of motion and battle sequences within the movie. 

Fans who’ve seen the movie are hailing Dafoe’s efficiency with many saying he outdid his 2002 tackle the character, cementing his standing as one of many best, if not the perfect, superhero film villain.

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Osborn is not the one Spidey villain returning in “No Way Home” who beforehand bit the mud. He’s joined by Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Max Dillon/Electro (Jamie Foxx), Dr. Connors/Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and Sandman (Thomas Haden Church).

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” is in theaters now. You can learn our assessment right here.

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