The Spider-Man Villain That J.K. Simmons’ Friends Thought He Was Perfect For – SlashFilm


Willem Dafoe ended up playing Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in the film, so the villain was handled. But Simmons was destined to play an equally important part in Peter Parker’s life as the man who gave him a job taking pictures of Spider-Man. Simmons, speaking further, explained how he eventually found out he had landed the role:

“A day or two later I was back on the rounds, doing auditions, voiceover auditions. You walk into the waiting room, sign in, there are three or four other guys waiting, and then it’s my turn. They’re walking me through the cubicles back to the little recording booth and some young kid comes sliding into my path on his desk chair and goes, ‘J.K., congratulations!’ I said, ‘Thanks! For what?’ And he goes, ‘Are you kidding? J. Jonah Jameson! They just announced it!’ My agent called me half an hour later and said, ‘Hey…’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, I know!'”

Vulture would eventually come into play in 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” with Oscar-winner Michael Keaton taking on the role (although, if Raimi’s version of “Spider-Man 4” hadn’t been abandoned, Vulture would have factored into that film). Keaton proved to be quite good in the role, so it all worked out in the end.

As for Simmons, he proved to be so essential as Jameson that nobody else has played the role in a movie since 2002. Andrew Garfield’s “Amazing Spider-Man” films never filled the role, and Simmons appeared as a different iteration of the character in the bombshell credits scene attached to “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” before returning more meaningfully in 2019’s “No Way Home.” It’s his role and his alone.

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