"I loved Spider-Man comics so much. I never expected to get this job. You
know when someone says, 'It's a dream job.' I didn't even dare to have the
"I think this is probably my most challenging role, because there's the
aspect of how do I communicate and keep the audience with this character while
he's masked and you can't see his expressions? I had to communicate through
body language and some dialogue, and set it up in a way where they feel
strongly enough and are invested enough that they follow him through this
"In approaching my character, I think I concentrated first on Norman
Osborn. That was the only way to approach it, because the Green Goblin grows
out of Norman and is really an aspect of him. He's one part of Norman that has
been left unchecked - the dark side."
"Spider-Man is the most relatable superhero, because he's got more
humanistic qualities than any other superhero - he's a really normal guy, and I
think that's what makes him so special; he's charming and a little dorky."
"I decided to keep the shots of the Twin Towers in the movie - the only
shot I removed was a scene where a helicopter was strung between them; I wanted
that one out because I didn't want any moment with the Twin Towers to be used
as a victorious moment for Spider-Man. But I wanted to preserve the memory of
them in the background of all the other shots: I didn't want to have the
terrorists win and erase them from our lives."
"I worked out for five months, six days a week, anywhere from an hour and
a half to four hours a day, to prepare for the role. I did a combination of
gymnastics, martial arts, yoga, weightlifting, high-end cardio stuff like
cycling and running and I had a very specific diet I was on. I can't even tell
in the film when it's me and it's not me."
WILLEM DAFOE on doing almost all his
"I really felt it was necessary to do all the physical stuff. The only
stuff I wouldn't do was the stunts that were too dangerous, that they basically
wouldn't let me do. Because I was working with a mask, the physicality was so
important, and I didn't want anyone else doing my role. No matter how good
these stunt guys are, they're stunt guys and not actors."
KIRSTEN DUNST on her stunts:
"I was flying and dropping - I definitely got put through a lot of stuff.
When you watch the movie, you'll think I'm complaining about nothing. But we
spent a month on the bridge scene at the end of the film. I did so many
different ways of falling, but when they cut it all together it was like a
split second. You don't really know how much hard work goes into a movie like
"The costume was comfortable, but I went through a long process of body
casts, computer scans and twenty-something fittings. Sometimes they would have
to sew me into it because the zippers would break all the time. If I had to use
the restroom, it would be a little bit of a process."
"There are places for us to go and grow in the next movie, because the
story is about these human beings and their relationships."