Simmons returns in "Spider-Man 2," and this time his character's son enters the scene as MJ's love interest.
INTERVIEW WITH JK SIMMONS:
With the first film being such a huge record-breaker, do you feel any pressure?
No. I just show up and goof around. Theres no pressure on me. The pressures on Sam [Raimi] and remarkably Sam doesnt act like hes under pressure.
People are saying this one is even better than the first movie. Whats better this time around?
Well I think theres even more action in this one because we get into the action much sooner. We dont need to meet all these characters, weve already met most of them. Theres tons of actions, and the little chunks that I did get to see during shooting were amazing. And then, you know, the office scenes theres a little more for us to do in this movie and we had a great time.
Can you talk about working with Tobey Maguire?
Tobeys great. Hes been out there flying around and doing all the other stuff, kissing the girl, and then he comes and sits in a chair and gets screamed at for a week or two when were doing the office scenes. Hes great. He really jumps on the moving train that is the office and has a good time. Hes a perfectly nice young fellow.
Do we see your character outside of the office this time?
Yeah, I actually get to go breathe some of that fresh New York air. No, wait a minute Im outside of the office but Im not actually outside.
Youre not outside the building?
Im at two different social events inside other buildings.
Interesting. Youve worked with Sam Raimi prior to working with him on the first Spider-Man movie. Is that connection what drew you to the movies in the first place?
Yeah, we were working together on a movie called The Gift when word got out that he was doing Spider-Man. And all my friends were jumping on me about, Oh, you should be the bad guy in Spider-Man. Go hit up Sam. And then a couple of months later he asked me if Id be interested in the part. I auditioned and everything and then [that was it].
Audiences love this character. Why do they love him so much?
You know, hes like the guy you love to hate or hate to love or whatever. He gets to just scream and say whatever he wants and be the mean boss that wed all secretly like to be.
With the addition of your onscreen son, does that mean we see the character in a father type role?
We actually dont share any scenes, really. But Im acting the part of the proud father but you dont see the two of us interacting.
Youre going to be appearing at a sci-fi convention soon. Does that type of thing the conventions and promotional appearances really help sell this movie?
You know what? I dont know. Seriously, I just show up when they tell me to show up if I can. Try and do my thing and go home and play with my kids. I know as little about show business as anybody here right now, I promise.
Does the fanaticism of the fans amaze you?
No. I think it inspires that. Its a great character and it was so well-realized in the first movie.
Do you have any insight into the third Spider-Man movie?
No, just that its happening and that its going to be out three years from now. Theyll take an extra year to make the third one.
ADDITIONAL "SPIDER-MAN 2" RESOURCES:
Interviews from the "Spider-Man 2" World Premiere - Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst & Sam Raimi / Cliff Robertson / Producer Avi Arad / Writers Miles Millar & Al Gough / Musician Christopher Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional
"Spider-Man 2" Photos, Trailer, News and Credits