Rhys Ifans talks The Amazing Spider-Man's Lizard

“I had this cardboard head and big claws”

When it comes to playing Dr. Curt Connors – AKA the Lizard – in The Amazing Spider-Man, Rhys Ifans didn't want anyone taking away his ability to create the character. 
"The majority of the time I'm me, I'm a human, not a Lizard. That's hard enough. I did have the CGI suit for certain scenes,” he told Cinema Blend. 
“The Lizard is nine-feet tall. There was one day that I went on set and they had a double, a big, big guy, playing me, as the Lizard. I looked at it and I went: 'No.' Following that Marc [Webb] let me know all the physicality you'll see in the Lizard is my own." 
Once he had the director's word that the Lizard would be all him, he was amazed at what the technology could do to help that: "I had a green suit on, and then this cardboard head and these big claws. It was the most fucking insane...” 
A cardboard head! It doesn't sound that high-tech but Ifans isn't finished yet. 
“Each and every time you see the Lizard, the technology is so advanced now that when the Lizard's eyes move, they're my eyes. If I frown or show any emotion, they're my emotions."
The Amazing Spider-Man opens July 2012.

The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers have hogged the headlines this summer. Can The Amazing Spider-Man still make it big in a superhero-heavy world? 


    • Hadouken76

      Sep 13th 2011, 23:16

      How pointless. They could of saved a lot of time and aggro (from fans) by making this Spiderman 4 and have Dylan Baker FINALLY become The Lizard,. With Peter fighting his favourite teacher/ mentor the emotional baggage would have a lot more poignant than this throwaway 'origins story'.

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    • StevePotter

      Sep 14th 2011, 0:59

      Sorry, Rhys, but I'm still sitting out for this one. Cool bit about the technology, though.

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    • FBALee

      Sep 14th 2011, 5:21

      @Hadouken76- Amen. I am so bitter over this.

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    • robertsturge2

      Sep 14th 2011, 13:19

      I really can't wait for this film now. Sam Raimi couldn't have done a worse job with the original trilogy from what I've seen Marc Webb actually did his research instead of looking at the front cover and making the rest of the story up from there.

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    • StevePotter

      Sep 14th 2011, 20:50

      Robertsturge just made me do a facepalm.

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