Willem Dafoe said he’s open to playing Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin, again “if everything was right.”
Dafoe, who played the Green Goblin in the 2002 film “Spider-Man” and again in the 2021 movie “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” explained his feelings toward his iconic performance as the villain during an interview with Inverse published this week.
“I mean, that’s a great role,” Dafoe said.
“I liked the fact that it’s a double role both times. Twenty years ago, and fairly recently, both times [were] very different experiences, but I had a good time on both.”
Dafoe, who stars in the newly-released film “Inside,” has been open about his love for the role in the past.
He told Vanity Fair in 2019 that he did a screen test for the part in “Spider-Man” from his hotel room in Spain.
“That’s how I got the role, I had to fight for that role,” Dafoe said.
“My friends were like ‘Really? You’re going to make a cartoon movie?’ Some of them snobbed it but I thought ‘No, this’ll be cool, this is interesting.’ Movies from comics were not a normal thing. It felt like something new.”
Dafoe, who was among a number of actors considered for the part including Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich, told GQ in 2019 that his “more interesting role” in “Spider-Man” was his one as a father.
“You could play these scenes where it would switch from comedy to drama in a line,” said Dafoe, who referred to the Thanksgiving dinner scene.
“There’s a couple of scenes that still make me laugh because they’re so double-edged and they go back and forth between being really heavy and really kind of silly. And the movie is filled with that.”