Willem Dafoe Would Return to the Spider-Verse Again
March 18, 2023 at 19:00
Willem Dafoe famously starred in the first of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films as the billionaire scientist Norman Osborne, who later in the film turned into the nefarious Green Goblin. When he was asked to return to the role for the newest Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: No Way Home, he made it clear that he had some conditions.
The first is that he wanted his role be a real part. According to an older interview on Mulderville, he didn’t just want a “power cameo”—he wanted to be there, on set, doing action. “One of the first things I said... basically when they pitched it to me, before there was even a script, was, ‘Listen, I don’t want to just pop in there as a cameo or just fill in in close-ups. I want to do the action because that’s fun for me’.”
In a new interview with Inverse, when asked if he would return to the role, Dafoe says, “If everything was right, sure.” Dafoe then explains that the Norman Osborne/Green Goblin character is “a great role. I liked the fact that it’s a double role both times. Twenty years ago, and fairly recently, both times [were] very different experiences, but I had a good time on both.”
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