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Rhys Ifans talks about playing villain The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man

09.12.2011

Unless you squeezed into Hall H at this past summer's Comic Con, you haven't seen the savage reptilian form of Dr. Curt Connors, the one-armed professor of Peter Parker and the scaly nemesis of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.

While we await some glimpse in the next official trailer or image (or the inevitable online leak), Rhys Ifans recently discussed how he handled the task of transformation into The Lizard, and how much of the unleashed beast we'll see.

"The majority of the time I'm me, I'm a human, not a Lizard," he tells Cinema Blend. "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."

Director Marc Webb's 3D reboot swings into theaters on July 3, 2012 with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen and Sally Field.

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Source: Cinema Blend

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8:02PM on 09/13/2011

The trailer put me off

Even if I thought rebooting spiderman was a good idea, which i can think of numerous reasons that it isn't, did you really need a first person cgi sequence that looked unbelievably fake. I mean, look how well that turned out for Doom. At least in Doom they actually had a good reason to go first person.
Even if I thought rebooting spiderman was a good idea, which i can think of numerous reasons that it isn't, did you really need a first person cgi sequence that looked unbelievably fake. I mean, look how well that turned out for Doom. At least in Doom they actually had a good reason to go first person.
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12:26PM on 09/13/2011
at SOME point I hope people stop whining and bitching about the fact that this movie is being made and just judge it on its own merit.

Who am I kidding though.
at SOME point I hope people stop whining and bitching about the fact that this movie is being made and just judge it on its own merit.

Who am I kidding though.
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11:41AM on 09/13/2011

Keeping an open mind

Spidey 3 did not "suck balls" as some say. Sure, it could have been edited down by 20 or so minutes (the whole Spidey/Saturday Night Fever bit was awkward to say the least) but the film suffers from comparison to its' predecessors (2 of the best superhero movies ever). I really enjoyed Thomas Haden Church's performance and seeing an evil Topher Grace was even a bit of a kick. To say it was a great movie is wrong, but to say it is total crap is equally so.

As for the Spidey reboot. I was
Spidey 3 did not "suck balls" as some say. Sure, it could have been edited down by 20 or so minutes (the whole Spidey/Saturday Night Fever bit was awkward to say the least) but the film suffers from comparison to its' predecessors (2 of the best superhero movies ever). I really enjoyed Thomas Haden Church's performance and seeing an evil Topher Grace was even a bit of a kick. To say it was a great movie is wrong, but to say it is total crap is equally so.

As for the Spidey reboot. I was initially totally turned off by the idea. One less than stellar sequel did not require a reboot/washing away of all the good that Maguire and Raimi did with the series. I am trying to keep an open mind though, and I like the idea of Ifans as the Lizard. Time will tell.
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9:50AM on 09/13/2011
Yes, clearly the best way to make people forget how much 'Spider-Man 3' sucked is to restart the entire series from scratch so that people will spend the entire run-up to the new movie stating "they had to reboot it because 'Spider-Man 3' was so bad.""
And then, when the reviews come out for the new movie, they'll all mention the fact that it doesn't follow on from the "terrible" 'Spider-Man 3', it's a brand new start for the character.
Can you say "D'oh!"?
Yes, clearly the best way to make people forget how much 'Spider-Man 3' sucked is to restart the entire series from scratch so that people will spend the entire run-up to the new movie stating "they had to reboot it because 'Spider-Man 3' was so bad.""
And then, when the reviews come out for the new movie, they'll all mention the fact that it doesn't follow on from the "terrible" 'Spider-Man 3', it's a brand new start for the character.
Can you say "D'oh!"?
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7:52AM on 09/13/2011
To those asking why SM 4 couldn't be made with Dylan Baker as the Lizard...I guess the third one sucked so bad...even Sony wanted to forget it was ever made...and reboot the whole thing. They should just make a Spider-Man TV series and cast Baker as a reoccurring Dr Connors (later to become the Lizard...in season 2 or something).
To those asking why SM 4 couldn't be made with Dylan Baker as the Lizard...I guess the third one sucked so bad...even Sony wanted to forget it was ever made...and reboot the whole thing. They should just make a Spider-Man TV series and cast Baker as a reoccurring Dr Connors (later to become the Lizard...in season 2 or something).
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2:30AM on 09/13/2011

at everyone whose upset that they didn't make a 4th Spider man

I'm sorry guys, but it's probably because the 3rd one sucked balls.
I'm sorry guys, but it's probably because the 3rd one sucked balls.
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1:48AM on 09/13/2011
I'm happy he's 9ft tall and not like the 6ft tall version in the animated series. He should be big and formidable.
I'm happy he's 9ft tall and not like the 6ft tall version in the animated series. He should be big and formidable.
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1:39AM on 09/13/2011
Favorite Spidey villian :) Sounds badass!
Favorite Spidey villian :) Sounds badass!
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1:38AM on 09/13/2011
It would have been great to have seen Dylan Baker finally become The Lizard in 'Spider Man 4' considering how much foreshadowing they did in the original trilogy. It's a shame that we will never see Raimi and Maguire finish what they had startd so many years ago.

I am going to stay optimistic about this new reboot because I love the character of Spider Man to death and honestly they could have done a worse job of director (Webb) and new Peter Parker/Spider Man (Garfield). Hopefully it's
It would have been great to have seen Dylan Baker finally become The Lizard in 'Spider Man 4' considering how much foreshadowing they did in the original trilogy. It's a shame that we will never see Raimi and Maguire finish what they had startd so many years ago.

I am going to stay optimistic about this new reboot because I love the character of Spider Man to death and honestly they could have done a worse job of director (Webb) and new Peter Parker/Spider Man (Garfield). Hopefully it's good.
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11:28PM on 09/12/2011
Man, you have to feel bad for Dylan Baker. I still don't see why we couldn't have Spider-man 4 with the Lizard so we didn't have to see the origin story again, even if it had to be with a new director and cast. Oh well, hope the new movie is good.
Man, you have to feel bad for Dylan Baker. I still don't see why we couldn't have Spider-man 4 with the Lizard so we didn't have to see the origin story again, even if it had to be with a new director and cast. Oh well, hope the new movie is good.
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