‘The Amazing Spider-Man’: Rhys Ifans talks complexity of The Lizard

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There are many joins of the “Spider-Man” franchise, but one of the primary ones is that the lines between good and evil are very rarely often clearly defined. Unlike some villains from other comic-book universes, many of the principal villains here (see Dr. Octopus) are people who at one point have good intentions, but falter along the way and end up fighting for the wrong side.

In the newest “Spider-Man” movie, we can also expect the same exact thing from none other that Rhys Ifans’ character of Dr. Curt Conners, otherwise known as The Lizard. Speaking in an interview, Ifans explains a bit about how this character is going to work in this new feature film, which stars Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger himself:

“Curt Connors is by no stretch an evil villain. He’s not like the Batman villains, like the Joker, who are the embodiment of evil. Curtis Connors is a great man who makes a bad decision.  That’s the whole magic of the Spider-Man idea. These people are the embodiment of our flaws and our desires that lead to tragedy. Curt Connors is a man with one arm and he wants to grow his arm back. He has access to a science that can enable that. But he has to make a moral decision, an ethical decision, to achieve that. In a story both he and Peter Parker are presented with these amazing abilities, and it’s about this gift that life gives us. More than any other super-hero, Spider-Man presents us with something very local in its ethics. It’s not messianic. It’s far more tangible. He is, again, a working-class hero.”

The movie is set to debut in theaters on July 3, 2012, and at that point we will have the proper opportunity to truly tell what Ifans brings to the table with his characterization of the villain. (He should be able to top “Spider-Man 3” without even blinking.)

Do you think Ifans will do a fantastic job as Curt Connors?

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