Alfred Molina has admitted he was worried about how Spider-Man: No Way Home bosses would deal with his ‘chins’ and ‘wrinkles’ in the movie as he returned as character Doc Ock after 17 years, having first played the part in 2004’s Spider-Man 2.
The actor, 68, reprised his role as as the villainous Otto Octavius in the third instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man films, which was released in December.
He has opened up about how he might look on the silver screen in an unseen bonus interview available on the 4K ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD home entertainment version.
Concerns: Alfred Molina, 68, worried about how Spider-Man: No Way Home bosses would deal with his ‘chins’ and ‘wrinkles’ in the movie as he returned as character Doc Ock after 17 years
When asked about making his comeback, Alfred joked: ‘Oh, for me it was just about the money and that’s it.
‘No, oddly enough, William (Dafoe) and I were joking the other day about 20 years since his first Green Goblin, 17 years since my first time as Doc Ock and these are the longest options that a studio has ever exercised on actors.
‘When the idea was first suggested, my first thought was, “Hang on, I’m 17 years older, I’ve got chins, I’ve got wrinkles, what are they going to do,” and then, of course, I suddenly realised, “Wait a minute, they’ve got the technology, this isn’t going to be a problem.”‘
It was announced in 2020 that Alfred would be making his return to the Marvel franchise as Doctor Octopus in the new Spider-Man film.
Screen star: He first played the part in Spider-Man 2 in 2004 and returned as villainous Otto Octavius in the third instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man films
Comeback: Meanwhile, Willem Dafoe, 66, also reprised his role as Norman Osborn, also known as the Green Goblin, for Spider-Man: No Way Home
First gracing the big screen as the character in Spider-Man 2 alongside Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, Alfred has become synonymous with the role.
Alfred previously spoke fondly of his time as Doc Ock when asked if he would ever return to the franchise.
He told Collider: ‘That was the most fun I think I’ve ever had on a movie of that kind.’
‘Those big, big sort of features where you spend like six months hanging off a wire, you know. It was the first movie of that kind that I’d ever been involved in. I had a wonderful time.’
The OG: The 65-year-old actor portrayed the super villain opposite Tobey Maguire in the original Spider-Man film from 2002
He continued to say that he absolutely ‘loved it’, while adding, ‘I’d go back and do it again in a heartbeat.’
Meanwhile, Willem Dafoe, 66, also returned to his role as Norman Osborn, also known as the Green Goblin, for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The actor portrayed the super villain in the original Spider-Man film from 2002.
On his return, he said in the new bonus interview.: ‘When I heard it, I thought, “Well, that’s pretty nutty” but I thought, “OK, they can figure out a way to bring be back,” but it was really the pitch, and it sounded like a lot of fun and a good solution.
Sony hero: Spider-Man: No Way Home became Sony’s top-grossing domestic movie ever after earning £689million at the world box office last year
‘I like the idea that I was returning to something but there’s a spin on it and that appealed to me.’
Spider-Man: No Way Home became Sony’s top-grossing domestic movie ever after earning £689million at the world box office last year.
The film starsTom Holland, 25, in the title role also features Zendaya, 25, as the superhero’s love interest Michelle ‘MJ’ Jones-Watson as well as previous Spider-Man stars Tobey Maguire, 46, and Andrew Garfield, 38.
Bonuses with the home entertainment release include 80 minutes of bloopers and behind-the-scenes moments.
For more information visit https://www.sonypictures.co.uk/movies/spider-man-no-way-home/.
Cast: The film stars Tom Holland, 25, in the title role also features Zendaya, 25, as the superhero’s love interest