Rhys Ifans doesn't really see The Lizard in "The Amazing Spider-Man" as a supervillain. Instead, the Dr. Curt Connors a.k.a Lizard depicter thinks that the antagonist actually has good intentions in his mind as a scientist though he turns to be "kingly and godlike" along the way.
Sharing his point of view on Dr. Connors with MTV News, Ifans says, "My reading of it is that Connors wants to be a force of good in the world." He explains that the scientist "is developing a science that will enable himself - like reptiles do - to regrow a limb."
"And, on paper or in a computer model, this science is ready to go. It works," the Welsh actor continues. "What he doesn't reckon on is the kind of psychological effects that a coldblooded reptile would have on the human mind."
Ifans says that Dr. Connors believes everyone should transform their body to be a lizard-like the way he does. However, his idealism soon brings negative effects to others. "What he experiences is almost something spiritual," he says, "There's a hubris to him when he becomes The Lizard."
"He's all powerful. He's strong. He's beautiful. He's confident. He's athletic. He's lithe, ruthless, all the things that Curt Connors isn't," Ifans dishes further. "And when you feel that high, I guess in some ways what a crystal meth addict feels, that all powerful thing. You want the world to feel like you, but it isn't necessarily beneficial to humanity at large. It's an ultimate selfish act. It's kingly and godlike in the wrong way."
In "The Amazing Spider-Man", Dr. Connors is one of the leading scientific minds who aims to engineer a revolutionary regeneration serum to help re-grow limbs and human tissue. His motivation, however, is unclear as to why he elects to be the first human test subject, but what becomes evident is that something goes horribly wrong. The scientist later becomes a monster known as The Lizard.
Ifans was praised by director Marc Webb for his brilliant performance when portraying the supervillain. The filmmaker once told Comic-Con Annual magazine, "Rhys has tow sides to his [The Lizard] personality. He has a wonderful kindness and warmth, and he has this surly rock 'n' roll part of his personality and you really sense both of those in this movie."
"The Amazing Spider-Man" will open wide in the U.S. in less than a week, on July 3 to be exact. Joining Ifans are Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone who play the titular hero and his girlfriend Gwen Stacy respectively.