Alfred Molina has revealed his early hesitation to relive his role as Doc Octopus 17 years after he first played the villain in the Spider-Man series. He was first seen in Spider-Man 2 released in 2004 opposite Tobey Maguire in the title role.
Alfred Molina is playing Doctor Octopus in the third movie in the Spider-Man series, titled Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Alfred Molina says he hesitated about reprising the Sam Raimi movie because he was concerned about the physical demands of the role. He says that he has changed physically since his first role and wasn’t as spry as he used to be.
Alfred Molina says that while it was interesting against playing the same character after 17 years, in the intervening years he had picked up two chins, crow’s feet, a wattle, and a failing lowed back.
Alfred Molina Says He Remembered That He Had Technology To Overcome His Physical Shortcomings
On a lower note, Alfred Molina adds that he then remembered that his tentacles would be doing all the heavy work. those arms would continue to grab, smash, break, and kill. All he had to do is don a mean look on his face.
Alfred Molina says that he also looks quite old now but he has the technology to overcome it.
Alfred says that he ultimately agreed to the film as he was thrilled to be going back to a past project and experiencing it freshly. Technology has jumped ahead at a really fast pace.
Molina says that being a Marvel villain is a treat. He says that the villain was reluctant in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from becoming one. Like they became a villain despite themselves, he says.
Something tragic occurs in their lives, such as a tragedy or an accident. It is the backstory that makes them more alive, says Alfred Molina.
Molina will have some old-timers to keep him company in No Way Home as Doc Ock are Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx as Electro, and Thomas Hayden Church as the Sandman and Rjus Ifans as The Lizard. The movie is directed by Jon Watts and will hit theaters on December 17.