Tom Holland recalls the spooky race with Willem Dafoe’s Goblin on Spider-Man: No Way Home Set
Willem Dafoe’s welcome return as Green Goblin has been touted as one of the nicer aspects of Spider-Man: No Way Home. The sequel fully embraces its trick of bringing in characters from previous Spider-Man movie universes, and that includes several characters from Sam Raimi’s original film trilogy. Dafoe previously played Green Goblin in the very first Spider-Man movie, and he was featured extensively in the marketing leading up to that new movie’s release alongside Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx.
After the film’s release, Tom Holland and Zendaya opened up about what it was like to work with the stars of the returning franchise. As far as Dafoe was concerned, Zendaya was shocked at how the actor was so nice to everyone behind the scenes to be so convincingly perverse during the transition to character. In fact, as Marvel feasted on, she says Dafoe ended up scaring everyone on set.
“Very scared of everyone, to be honest… The coolest thing is everyone is so adorable, and then they just play these really evil characters. Are you? ’ And then, [imitates the voice of the Green Goblin,] like whoa. ”
For his part, Holland was impressed with the number of different ways Dafoe was able to deliver each line. Holland says he’s never seen an actor give a director “so many options” like he saw Dafoe do on the set of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
“I’ve never worked with an actor who was able to give a director so many options. He has that one speech in the movie where he talks about Peter’s kind of existential crisis. He must have done the scene 30 times and they were all different. ”
Perhaps one of the reasons that Willem Dafoe’s return to the role resonated so well is that he took it very seriously. One of his conditions before signing was that he could do his own stunts, as the veteran actor insisted on being physical for the role. He’s just one of many major characters to appear in this new movie, but for many fans he has certainly stood out.
Jon Watts is directing Spider-Man: No Way Home from a screenplay by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. The synopsis reads: “With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is unmasked and is no longer able to separate his normal life as Peter Parker from the high stakes of being a superhero. When Peter asks Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for help, the stakes get even more dangerous, forcing him to find out what it really means to be Spider-Man. ”
Tom Holland stars as Peter Parker along with other returning stars from the Spider-Man series including Zendaya, Jacob Batalon and Marisa Tomei. The film was an incredible success smashing records left and right, garnering universal praise even with several months of immense hype. Marvel and Sony want to keep this train moving with reports of another trilogy in place with the return of Tom Holland. For now, you can see Spider-Man: No Way Home in theaters.