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Thursday 2 October 2014

Dafoe slams new Spider-Man movies

Willem Dafoe felt the latest Spider-Man movies were too similar to the older ones

Willem Dafoe has slammed the latest Spider-Man films, suggesting they are a "cynical approach to making money".

The Aviator actor played Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, in all three of Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man films and thinks Hollywood told the same story all over again with last year's The Amazing Spider-Man, which was directed by Marc Webb and starred Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger.

Willem, who said he hadn't seen the full movie, told 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.' I thought, 'This is sort of a cynical approach to making money!'."

He went on: "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.

"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!"

Willem, 58, also admitted it was unlikely he would see any of the new Spidey films.

"The older I get, I don't have the time to do everything that I want to do," said the star.

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