Willem Dafoe was not impressed by Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man". The actor who plays Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy criticized the reboot project in a new interview with Total Film.
"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,' " the 58-year-old star explained why the movie didn't work for him. "I thought, 'This is sort of a cynical approach to making money!' "
Comparing it to the Raimi series, Dafoe said, "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. 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."
He added, "This real, genuine innocence; it wasn't indicated. Then after that it became more difficult because it's hard to achieve that when it's gotten some kind of attention and a certain level of success!"
"The Amazing Spider-Man" series will continue with a second installment due May 2, 2014. Director Webb and lead actors Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return to their respective posts. Jamie Foxx will play the villainous Electro, and Paul Giamatti will be Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino.
Two years after "The Amazing Spider-Man 2", "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" will be out on June 10, 2016 before "The Amazing Spider-Man 4" follows on May 4, 2018.