No Way Home Stars Praise Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin Performance

New interviews with Jamie Foxx, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland are full of praise for co-star Willem Dafoe’s acting in Spider-Man: No Way Home.


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Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in Spider-Man

Three of the stars of Spider-Man: No Way Home had high praise for Willem Dafoe’s performance as Green Goblin in a new featurette.

The short behind-the-scenes clip, posted to the official Spiderman movie Twitter, highlights interviews from Dafoe’s co-stars Jamie Foxx, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland describing how much of a pleasure it was to watch the legendary actor return to the role of Norman Osborn. “It’s one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever had in my life,” gushes Holland. “When he becomes the Goblin he is terrifying. And in the rehearsal he starts doing the laugh and he’s saying all this different stuff about how much he hates Peter Parker. And we’re doing this fight scene and I just became a five-year -old kid again watching him in the theater.”


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Dafoe’s return to the Goblin character in No Way Home was kept secret leading up to the release of the film, so now that all of the film’s big secrets are out, stars finally get to talk about the movie without fear of spoiling anything. Still, Dafoe said that he enjoyed keeping quiet about his involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s third Spiderman film. “It was kinda fun laying low on this for a while, actually,” Dafoe explained. “And letting people speculate about where this Spiderman series was going. So now that people are going to see it, it’s exciting.”


Dafoe had previously made cameos in the second and third of the Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire Spiderman movies, purpose No Way Home gave the actor the first chance since the first movie to come back as the full character rather than just a memory. “I really didn’t want to do a cameo,” Dafoe said regarding his appearance in the most recent Spiderman film. “I wanted to make sure there was something substantial enough to do that wasn’t just a tip of the hat.”

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“And the other thing was, I said I really want there to be action — I want to take part in action scenes,” he added. “Because that’s really fun for me. It’s the only way to root the character. Otherwise, it just becomes a series of memes.”


Fans may have noticed a change-up in the Green Goblin’s look in the recent movie. Dafoe explained that the mask from the 2002 Spiderman was ditched in favor of a hood and green goggles like in the comic because of fans’ criticisms. “We heard it enough that it was probably a consideration, to change it up a little bit,” he said. “I don’t think about that because I don’t think about emoting with my face. My face follows my heart. It’s just an expression of what you’re feeling.”

Spider-Man: No Way Home is now available on digital download, Blu-ray and DVD.



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