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First look video of Rhino character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2?

05.01.2013

So far, we've seen plenty of Jamie Foxx as Electro in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, but nothing of Paul Giamatti as The Rhino. Today we have our first look at Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich / The Rhino...sort of. It's actually a stunt double wearing a mask he stole from the set of DRIVE, or so it evokes. The mask is obviously made to represent Giamatti and his appearance certainly suggests the thuggish, Russian brute that is Sytsevich in the comics. In the below video, the folks at sevenwebheads give a CSI level breakdown of the set photos that's pretty convincing.

Who is this guy?:

Seems legit, eh? The villain choices for this film are a little strange to me, but director Marc Webb seems to have something up his sleeve, which gives me the sense that he's doing some AVENGERS level world-building that may or may not lead to a full on Sinister Six in the third film. Sound crazy? Possibly. But stacking a number of villains in your movie (Electro, Rhino, Harry and Norman Osborn, shadowy figure from the end of the first film) means either you're in over your head or you've got something big planned. For now, it's fun to speculate, and I'm certainly interested to see where this franchise goes, even if it sinks.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Chris Cooper, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, and B.J. Novak, swings into theaters on May 2, 2014.  

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Extra Tidbit: It'll never happen, but I'd love to see Kraven's Last Hunt put onscreen. That could potentially be mind-blowing.

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8:56AM on 05/02/2013
Rhino will NOT be drinking any FUCKING MERLOT!
Rhino will NOT be drinking any FUCKING MERLOT!
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1:58AM on 05/02/2013
I swear to god...that guy is wearing a mask.
I swear to god...that guy is wearing a mask.
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10:02PM on 05/01/2013

Puttin' my hands up

Whatever vision Webb has for this one, I'm sure as shit not seeing now. It's REALLY hard to withhold judgment based on these photos/leaks, just 'cause they look so different than what I would've imagined. Yes, we're not seeing these behind Webb's lens now (aside from Twitter shots), but I hope the first trailer clears up and contextualizes some of this.

But from Max Dillon's Urkel look to Russian DJ Giamatti.. I don't know. I'll of course see this no matter what (out of genuine
Whatever vision Webb has for this one, I'm sure as shit not seeing now. It's REALLY hard to withhold judgment based on these photos/leaks, just 'cause they look so different than what I would've imagined. Yes, we're not seeing these behind Webb's lens now (aside from Twitter shots), but I hope the first trailer clears up and contextualizes some of this.

But from Max Dillon's Urkel look to Russian DJ Giamatti.. I don't know. I'll of course see this no matter what (out of genuine excitement or morbid curiosity, it's yet to be determined) but it is tough to stay neutral on this..
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9:05PM on 05/01/2013

Extra tidbit:

Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Kraven.
Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Kraven.
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8:14PM on 05/01/2013
anyone else immediately think of Drive?
anyone else immediately think of Drive?
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6:01PM on 05/01/2013
Not that I give a shit, because I though the first one very meh, but wasn't there talk they were gonna call this sequel The Spectacular Spider-Man? A way better title than just slapping a lazy fucking 2 behind the original one.
Not that I give a shit, because I though the first one very meh, but wasn't there talk they were gonna call this sequel The Spectacular Spider-Man? A way better title than just slapping a lazy fucking 2 behind the original one.
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9:08AM on 05/02/2013
They can't call it Spectacular because that is what the next remake will be called. Then after that it will be Ultimate. Even thought they already fucked up and are using the Ultimate storyline for the Amazing series...
They can't call it Spectacular because that is what the next remake will be called. Then after that it will be Ultimate. Even thought they already fucked up and are using the Ultimate storyline for the Amazing series...
5:54PM on 05/01/2013
Out of all the other villains they could choose: Shocker, Mysterio, Vulture, that water guy, just about anyone would seem more interesting to me than Rhino.
Out of all the other villains they could choose: Shocker, Mysterio, Vulture, that water guy, just about anyone would seem more interesting to me than Rhino.
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6:24PM on 05/01/2013
Hydro Man*.... btw.. .I would love to see Hydro Man done on the big screen.
Hydro Man*.... btw.. .I would love to see Hydro Man done on the big screen.
5:16PM on 05/01/2013
Looks like Johnny Knoxville in his old man mask. This movie is going to suck balls. Big rhino balls. Also, the Adidas track suit is a nice old man touch. Hopefully he wears matching nurse's shoes and black socks.
Looks like Johnny Knoxville in his old man mask. This movie is going to suck balls. Big rhino balls. Also, the Adidas track suit is a nice old man touch. Hopefully he wears matching nurse's shoes and black socks.
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2:03PM on 05/01/2013
I dig it. I always liked The Rhino. He was one of my favorite second-tier villains as a kid. It's cool they made him part of the Vor V Zakona. Gives it some depth. I honestly don't see how you turn Giamatti into a junior-Hulk without his whole part being basically CGI, but whatever. I too am kind of intrigued by the choices Webb is making. Could be amazing or a complete shitburger. We shall see.
I dig it. I always liked The Rhino. He was one of my favorite second-tier villains as a kid. It's cool they made him part of the Vor V Zakona. Gives it some depth. I honestly don't see how you turn Giamatti into a junior-Hulk without his whole part being basically CGI, but whatever. I too am kind of intrigued by the choices Webb is making. Could be amazing or a complete shitburger. We shall see.
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1:29PM on 05/01/2013

Cameo

im half expecting the Rhino to only be in the opening scene. Have it be just another day in the life of Spiderman kind of opening. The same thing we see in the beginning of The Dark Knight and Star Trek Into Darkness.
im half expecting the Rhino to only be in the opening scene. Have it be just another day in the life of Spiderman kind of opening. The same thing we see in the beginning of The Dark Knight and Star Trek Into Darkness.
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4:49PM on 05/01/2013
They'd cast an A-Lister for that?
They'd cast an A-Lister for that?
12:40PM on 05/01/2013

Rhino from classic PS1 games..

It would be funny if the Rhino here is as stupid as he is in the comics and video games. He makes cameo appearances and is normally easy to take out because of how dumb he is (make him ram into a wall and get his horn stuck). I mean they can't do much with the character as he is D list and considered a joke.
It would be funny if the Rhino here is as stupid as he is in the comics and video games. He makes cameo appearances and is normally easy to take out because of how dumb he is (make him ram into a wall and get his horn stuck). I mean they can't do much with the character as he is D list and considered a joke.
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12:33PM on 05/01/2013
I wish the Rhino looked a little... rhino-ish. Hopefully there is a transformation in the film.
I wish the Rhino looked a little... rhino-ish. Hopefully there is a transformation in the film.
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12:40PM on 05/01/2013
you are fucking stupid.
you are fucking stupid.
12:56PM on 05/01/2013
There is, Rhino was reported to be all CGI, however a few adjustments will be made to the character to give him his own identity in the film. Rhino will now be 3 foot 4, and barely 50 pounds, Paul Giamitti's face will be placed on a body double (Tony Cox) who will be performing all of Rhino's action scenes.
There is, Rhino was reported to be all CGI, however a few adjustments will be made to the character to give him his own identity in the film. Rhino will now be 3 foot 4, and barely 50 pounds, Paul Giamitti's face will be placed on a body double (Tony Cox) who will be performing all of Rhino's action scenes.
12:26PM on 05/01/2013

I hope they do rhino right

When I heard that Paul Giamatti was cast as rhino I couldn't see it, I've always pictured Vin Diesel. I hope it's more than just a nickname or a rubber suit. What would be cool but very unlikely given the relationship of Sony and Disney is if the rhino was a mechanical suit made thru collaboration of Oscorp and stark industries
When I heard that Paul Giamatti was cast as rhino I couldn't see it, I've always pictured Vin Diesel. I hope it's more than just a nickname or a rubber suit. What would be cool but very unlikely given the relationship of Sony and Disney is if the rhino was a mechanical suit made thru collaboration of Oscorp and stark industries
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12:21PM on 05/01/2013
These films have to be building up to the Sinister Six since they have numerous villains in this film and the fact that they kept Dr. Connors/The Lizard alive at the end of Amazing Spider Man. And if this were the case, it would be great for this franchise to finally differentiate itself somehow from the original trilogy.

Also, if they have to recast J Jonah, I would suggest John Slattery for the role. Even though no one could ever replace or do a better job than Simmons.
These films have to be building up to the Sinister Six since they have numerous villains in this film and the fact that they kept Dr. Connors/The Lizard alive at the end of Amazing Spider Man. And if this were the case, it would be great for this franchise to finally differentiate itself somehow from the original trilogy.

Also, if they have to recast J Jonah, I would suggest John Slattery for the role. Even though no one could ever replace or do a better job than Simmons.
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11:54AM on 05/01/2013

I'm an idiot

Well, I feel like an idiot today, thank you Marc Webb and Paul GIamatti.
Well, I feel like an idiot today, thank you Marc Webb and Paul GIamatti.
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11:43AM on 05/01/2013
Yeah, that make-up looks like that mask from Drive. Now what we need next is Giamatti in an actual Rhino costume.
Yeah, that make-up looks like that mask from Drive. Now what we need next is Giamatti in an actual Rhino costume.
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11:21AM on 05/01/2013

Well I was wrong.

I was dead wrong. I can't believe he would actually agree to play the Rhino. I'm not really disinterested in this movie, but more........well yea i guess i am pretty disinterested in this. Will see it in the theaters regardless but i can't believe that they wouldn't cast him as JJJ and the fact that he agree'd to play the Rhino. So even if there is a JJJ-(which it's looking like there won't be)-i can't help shake the fact that they dropped the ball on this. Hope everything turns out great and
I was dead wrong. I can't believe he would actually agree to play the Rhino. I'm not really disinterested in this movie, but more........well yea i guess i am pretty disinterested in this. Will see it in the theaters regardless but i can't believe that they wouldn't cast him as JJJ and the fact that he agree'd to play the Rhino. So even if there is a JJJ-(which it's looking like there won't be)-i can't help shake the fact that they dropped the ball on this. Hope everything turns out great and will be a thrilling movie but SMH, what a fucking shame.
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11:26AM on 05/01/2013
As soon as you posted about JJJ you had me convinced lol. would have been neat but no one can do a better job than simmons
As soon as you posted about JJJ you had me convinced lol. would have been neat but no one can do a better job than simmons
11:40AM on 05/01/2013
I agree that no one can top Simmons, whenever i think of JJJ i think of him. But yea still a bummer on this missed opportunity to bring some much needed levity to this film.
I agree that no one can top Simmons, whenever i think of JJJ i think of him. But yea still a bummer on this missed opportunity to bring some much needed levity to this film.
12:04PM on 05/01/2013
No one can ever top Simmons. But if they have to re-cast, then I like John Slaterry (Mad Men) for the role.
No one can ever top Simmons. But if they have to re-cast, then I like John Slaterry (Mad Men) for the role.
12:04PM on 05/01/2013
No one can ever top Simmons. But if they have to re-cast, then I like John Slaterry (Mad Men) for the role.
No one can ever top Simmons. But if they have to re-cast, then I like John Slaterry (Mad Men) for the role.
11:09AM on 05/01/2013
Whu - he's actually playing the Rhino (albeit some really different version, apparently) and not playing JJJ?
Whu - he's actually playing the Rhino (albeit some really different version, apparently) and not playing JJJ?
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11:05AM on 05/01/2013
Rhino is a good secondary villain to have. As long as they don't give him some tragic back story he can just pop in and out of the films like scarecrow in the Batman films.
Rhino is a good secondary villain to have. As long as they don't give him some tragic back story he can just pop in and out of the films like scarecrow in the Batman films.
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11:00AM on 05/01/2013
Before I laugh uncontrollably, is there a new-look Rhino in the comics that looks absolutely nothing like the original? And if so, why's he called The RHINO????
Before I laugh uncontrollably, is there a new-look Rhino in the comics that looks absolutely nothing like the original? And if so, why's he called The RHINO????
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11:09AM on 05/01/2013
I'm sure something happens over the course of the movie to make him the rhino
I'm sure something happens over the course of the movie to make him the rhino
12:32PM on 05/01/2013
I just looked him up online. Answered my question. He's just a dude in some kind of super pollimer suit. Guessing they'll make him look considerably larger when suited up...
I just looked him up online. Answered my question. He's just a dude in some kind of super pollimer suit. Guessing they'll make him look considerably larger when suited up...
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