In the world of Spider-Man it takes a special kind of moxie to be the bad guy. With The Amazing Spider-Man 2, that could not be truer than with the casting of Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as The Rhino.
It was right around Comic-Con that we saw our first footage of anything from the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man and it was all about Electro. Jamie Foxx could not have been better cast and clearly by some of his recent comments, he keenly understands what it means to not only be a bad guy, but a Spider-Man villain. "I think with all of the Spider-Man villains there is a certain empathy to them,” Foxx said.
“The way we crafted Electro -- when he's Max you definitely feel for him because he's been sort of shut out and no one really cares about him. When he does turn into Electro, it's serious venom. He really wants to hurt everybody. When he feels like Spider-Man betrays him, he really wants to hurt him bad."
Giamatti, on the other hand, knew he had to take a slightly different approach to The Rhino than is portrayed in the comics to make it work for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
"In the comic books of old, he had this suit on that made him look like a rhinoceros and it made him super strong. If there was a bank vault he would just run right through it,” Giamatti said recently. “He would butt through it with his head and he was not very smart."
Giamatti’s Aleksei Sytsevich, he feels, very much embodies the classic Russian persona. “He's a Russian mobster. Russians are always good villains,” Giamatti said. Fans of the comics might also notice a slightly different suit than has been used prior.
“I have a particular kind of suit, but I don't think I'm supposed to talk about it. I have an ability to just destroy things. My accent is pretty hammy. I loved doing it. It seemed to me like an opportunity to be as over-the-top hammy as possible. It was really fun."
Fans of Spidey have to wait until May 2, 2014 for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone returning to their roles originated in Marc Webb’s first film.