Hey, everyone, look! Words! From Rhys Ifans! About The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man!
Ifans stars as Dr. Curt Connors, better known as Spidey villain The Lizard, in Marc Webb's upcoming Sony franchise reboot. Before New York's friendly neighborhood superhero makes his return, however, Ifans has another movie to promote, Roland Emmerich's Shakespeare drama -- as in drama about William Shakespeare, not Shakespearean drama -- Anonymous.
Ifans chatted with Cinema Blend earlier this week about the upcoming movie, but the talk eventually turned to Spider-Man. Ifans shared a little bit of info about wearing his motion-capture suit for the nine-foot-tall CG creation that is his Connors character's monstrous alter-ego:
The majority of the time I'm me, I'm a human, not a Lizard. That's hard enough. I did have the CGi suit for certain scenes. The Lizard is 9 feet tall. There was one day that I went on set and they had a double, a big big guy, playing me, as the Lizard. I looked at it and I went "No." Following that, Marc [Webb, the director] let me know all the physicality, all the physicality you'll see in the Lizard is my own.
I had a green suit on, and then this cardboard head, and these big claws. It was the most fucking insane… Each and every time you see the Lizard, the technology is so advanced now that when the Lizard's eyes move, they're my eyes. If I frown or show any emotion, they're my emotions. That's how spectacularly advanced technology is.
The Amazing Spider-Man, which opens July 3, 2012, also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, Denis Leary, Chris Zylka, Campbell Scott, C. Thomas Howell, Julianne Nicholson and Annie Parisse.