Willem Dafoe agreed to play Green Goblin in Spider-Man: No Way Home, as long as he played a central role in avoiding just being a meme.
Willem Dafoe says he wanted the Green Goblin character to be more than just comic jokes Spider-Man: No Way Home. The third part of the MCUs Spider Man, directed by Jon Watts, follows Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) multiverse adventure. Throughout his journey, he meets earlier Spider Man franchise villains, including Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Green Goblins return. The blockbuster movie is currently set to break several box office records for the MCU, which is leaning close to surpassing 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.
Dafoe made his debut as Norman Osbourne, aka Green Goblin, in the 2002’s Spider Man, directed by Sam Raimi. Dafoe’s portrayal of Norman Osbourne was well received by audiences and critics alike for his astonishing performance in which he became a fan favorite. Dafoe was known for performing a majority of his own stunts in the film. Therefore, Dafoe insisted on returning to repeat his role as Green Goblin on condition that he was able to be part of the action sequences in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
In an interview with New York Times, Dafoe shares the criteria he had to return to play the threatening antagonist in Spider-Man: No Way Home. When the idea was first introduced to Dafoe by producer Amy Pascal and Watts, Dafoe wanted assurance that his role would be more than just a cameo, as he wanted to be included in action scenes to avoid becoming “a series of memes.” Read Dafoe’s full answer below:
“When Amy Pascal [a “Spider-Man” producer] and Jon Watts [the director of “No Way Home”] called me and said we would like to introduce you to this idea, I thought this is crazy. But let’s see what they have to say. I really did not want to make a cameo. I wanted to make sure there was something pretty significant to do that was not just a tip of the hat. And the other thing is that I said I really want there to be action – I want to be in action scenes. Because it’s really fun for me. This is the only way to root the character. Otherwise, it’s just a series of memes. “
Over the years, Dafoe’s interpretation of the eerie Green Goblin has become memorable to many, with fans repeating slogans and creating meme templates from scenes recorded in the original. Spider Man franchise. Since Norman had an alternative malevolent personality, it was important for Dafoe to embody the auditory and visual hallucinations from which his character suffered. Therefore, it is understandable why Dafoe wanted to play an integrated role in the film instead of appearing as a small cameo, knowing that his manic alter ego could appear as a parody if not portrayed correctly.
Nevertheless, Dafoe’s criteria were met in Spider-Man: No Way Home, as he played a central role in the overall story and terrorized the wall-crawling hero. The film’s exceptionally positive reviews prove that Dafoe’s instincts about the character were right, and his dedication to stunts and character building was worth it. Even Jamie Foxx, who plays the villain Electro, admitted that Green Goblin is the most terrifying villain in the film. With Dafoe’s incredible performance, it does not seem likely that his fear of the Green Goblin becoming a meme will come true.
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Source: The New York Times
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