Willem Dafoe famously starred within the first of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies because the billionaire scientist Norman Osborne, who later within the movie changed into the nefarious Green Goblin. When he was requested to return to the position for the latest Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man: No Way Home, he made it clear that he had some circumstances.
The first is that he needed his position be an actual half. According to an older interview on Mulderville, he didn’t simply need a “power cameo”—he needed to be there, on set, doing motion. “One of the first things I said… basically when they pitched it to me, before there was even a script, was, ‘Listen, I don’t want to just pop in there as a cameo or just fill in in close-ups. I want to do the action because that’s fun for me’.”
In a brand new interview with Inverse, when requested if he would return to the position, Dafoe says, “If everything was right, sure.” Dafoe then explains that the Norman Osborne/Green Goblin character is “a great role. I liked the fact that it’s a double role both times. Twenty years ago, and fairly recently, both times [were] very different experiences, but I had a good time on both.”
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