Paul Giamatti has said he thinks the reason so many serious actors want to be in superhero films is because it offers them a bit of light relief and a chance to overact.
The Parkland star will play baddie Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and said he loved having the chance to ham up his acting.
He said: "In the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, when they made c****y superhero series, it was all the worst actors in the world, and now it's all the great, revered British actors, it's hilarious. It's all flip-flopped, it's really funny to me.
"I guess those things are kind of operatics, you need big old hammy actors sometimes. I personally like doing stuff like that, I liked comic books when I was a little kid and just thought it would be a lot of fun, which is probably why the great British actors are doing it, too."
Paul, 46, explained a bit more about his character, Rhino: " In the comic books of old, he had a suit on that made him look like a rhino and it made him super strong. If there was a bank vault, he could butt through it with his head but he wasn't very smart.
"It's updated now, I have a particular type of suit but I don't think I'm supposed to talk about it. He's a Russian mobster because he's a Russian guy in the comic books."
Asked what his Russian accent was like, Paul admitted: "It's pretty hammy, I loved doing it. It seemed to me like an opportunity to be as over the top hammy as possible. It's really fun."
:: Paul Giamatti's latest film Parkland is in cinemas now.