Fans of “Spider-Man” were speechless when they saw JK Simmons reprise his role as J. Jonah Jameson in the post-credits scene of “Spider-Man: Away From Home”.
For those who don’t remember, the Oscar-winning actor played the editor of The Daily Clarim and one of the antagonists of Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) in all three feature films directed by Sam Raimi.
And it looks like Simmons himself was as stunned as audiences when asked to star in the sequel with Tom Holland.
As he appeared on the red carpet for “Spider-Man: No Return Home,” Simmons recalled the moment he received the phone call from Sony and revealed to Variety that he was shocked.
“It was a total shock. How we made the Sam Raimi trilogy, it was awesome, it was awesome, it was wonderful, but then they just moved on. I thought it was a great opportunity, but I had already said goodbye. And here I am… Sam is back in the Marvel Universe with “Doctor Strange in the Madness Multiverse”. It’s all beautiful.
JK Simmons says he was in ‘total shock’ when asked to return to the #SpiderMan universe: “We did the Sam Raimi trilogy. It was brilliant. It was great. It was great. wonderful. And then they moved on and thought it was awesome. Buh-bye. https://t.co/2D6DAM71lU pic.twitter.com/E5mYvnzlgw
– Variety (@Variety) December 14, 2021
By the way, the Raimi-led franchise would earn a fourth volume – but after disagreements between the director and Sony Pictures, plans were scrapped and the studio decided to reboot the hero’s stories, hiring a new actor and a new creative and technical team. .
After the project was canceled, Simmons was quite disappointed.
In a recent conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Simmons revealed he was devastated not to return for another iteration.
“When [a Sony] decided to move on, it was… It breaks my heart, I won’t lie. I thought, “Well, that was fun” and I was honored to have this opportunity, ”he said.
JK Simmons admits he found the end of Sam Raimi’s #SpiderMan movies “heartbreaking”.
He says he is “delighted” to reprise the role of J. Jonah Jameson in #SpiderManNoWayHome and shares new details about the character pic.twitter.com/k0elrV22LV
– The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 7, 2021
So, can’t you wait to see him again in “Spider-Man: Away from Home”?
The sequel is set to hit national theaters on December 16.
Check out the trailer:
Directed again by Jon Watts, the cast also includes Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Alfred Molina, Martin Starr and Jacob Batalon.
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