Paul Giamatti longed for comic book villain role

Paul Giamatti says he has been "waiting all my life" to play a comic book villain and was ecstatic when he landed the role of The Rhino in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' star Paul Giamatti longed to play a comic book villain.

The actor will play The Rhino - a nemesis to Andrew Garfield's titular hero - in next year's web-slinging sequel and he admits he has always wanted to act in a big budget superhero movie.

He said: "I totally wanted to play a villain in a comic book movie. I've been waiting my whole life to be a villain in a comic book movie. When I was a kid, I didn't even know I wanted to be an actor, but I knew that I wanted to be like The Wolfman, or some bad guy in something. That's what I wanted to do. I wanted to be those guys. For Halloween, that's what I would do. I wanted to be The Mummy. So, it's great. I get to do that. It's awesome!"

Giamatti's role in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' is expected to be minimal as Jamie Foxx will play the film's lead villain - Electro - but the actor revelled in the opportunity of making his dream come true nonetheless.

He added to Collider.com: "I went completely over-the-top with it. I seemed to have carte blanche to just go and ham it. He's an animal. I took it literally. In some ways, he's literally a rhinoceros inside. He's just a big, dumb animal. I'm not a big, huge guy, but I thought that I could be a big, stupid animal. That's what he is, so that's why I thought it would be fun."

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 142 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Marc Webb
  • Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan
  • UK release: 16 April 2014

Peter Parker (Garfield) goes up against new supervillains Electro (Foxx) and Harry Osborn (DeHaan). Garfield and Stone have enormous chemistry, Foxx and DeHaan bring complexity and pathos, and the rebooted franchise continues to capture the original character's wise-cracking energy in a way that the Raimi trilogy didn't.

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