Willem Dafoe was surprised to be offered a chance to return as Green Goblin in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
The 66-year-old star reprized his role as supervillain Norman Osborn/Green Goblin the superhero blockbuster and was stunned to have the chance to return to the Spider-Man universe after his supposed death in the Spider-Man trilogy. Original Man by Sam Raimi.
Willem told the Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast: “It’s always kind of hard when you die in a movie to come back to the sequels.
“I thought I was done. When they first said, ‘Do you want to take over the role?’ I thought, ‘Really? How’s it going?’ I was a little stupid about it.”
The ‘Lighthouse’ star signed up for the film when it was still in its early stages and was impressed by the conviction and passion shown by the film’s bosses.
Willem explained: “I’m used to working on all kinds of films, and sometimes they have such resources that I get jealous. And if people aren’t sincere, and if they aren’t believers, it’s is such a mess and feels so cynical.”
When asked if that was the case with the new Spider-Man movie, he replied, “I can say, and maybe drank the Kool-Aid, but these are people who really believe in what they do and dedicate themselves to it in a very complete way.
“I’m not just talking about really good actors. I’m talking about the effects people, the camera department – they’re all really high level. And then when you have the resources and the opportunity to make a popular movie, that’s it. quite attractive.”
Willem’s return was kept under wraps by movie bosses and he described it as a “fun little game” to ensure the role was kept under wraps.
When asked if he should lie about it, the star replied, “No, no. I’m a bad liar. But it wasn’t necessary. A lot of times I leave and people don’t ask where !”