Rhys Ifans calls for Spider-Man overhaul

Rhys Ifans claims the Spider-Man franchise needs a “kick up the a**e”.

The Welsh actor played Dr. Curt Connors aka The Lizard in 2012 movie The Amazing Spider-Man and has some strong opinions about the superhero series. He refused to comment on the planned Spider-Man reboot, but did insist any future films will need to offer audiences something fresh.

“I have absolutely no opinion on it,” Rhys said in an interview with Total Film magazine. “No opinion. I hope that when they reboot, there will be more emphasis on the ‘boot’ than the ‘re’, because it needs a kick up the a**e.”

Rhys appeared to suggest he was less with enthralled with the final cut of The Amazing Spider-Man. While the star was initially thrilled to be playing The Lizard, he later realised the movie would never be all that he wanted it to be.

“Anthropologically, it was fascinating,” he explained. “If I was an anthropologist, it would have been very valuable… As an actor, it was a lesson.

“I remember looking into The Lizard and there was one of the comics where Dr. Curt Connors goes home… He takes his work home with him and he eats his kids.

“I remember thinking at the time, ‘That’s the film I want to be in.’ Not necessarily Dr. Curt Connors eating his kids, but in terms of exploration, in terms of what this film could be about, that was the film. And of course, it could never be that. Whatever you’re told and promised at the beginning of something, when it comes to franchises like that, it’s never ever going to be what ends up on screen.”

Andrew Garfield has hung up the Spider-Man suit, with Tom Holland taking over the character in the upcoming, as yet untitled, movie. Rhys has had a busy time of late, finishing work on his new films Snowden and Alice Through the Looking Glass and is currently shooting the drama Dominion. While Rhys may not have any interest in reprising his role as The Lizard, there is one box office blockbuster franchise he does have his eye on.

“I don’t know, I don’t know…” Rhys insisted when asked about appearing in a 007 film. “We’ll see. My God, I’d love to be in a Bond movie.”

– Cover Media