Stan Lee Shares His Thoughts On 'Donald Glover for Spider-Man'!
In the following audio interview the legendary co-creator of Spider-Man says what he thinks about Glover, or any other black actor, playing Peter Parker...
"He's a great actor. I've seen him, and he's terrific," Lee said when asked what he thinks about Donald Glover. "A lot of my Twitter followers have been saying that he ought to have a chance to audition for the role. So I tweeted back by saying, as far as I'm concerned ... anybody should have a chance to audition for the role. I certainly think he should have a chance to audition."
"And I didn't mention this in my tweet, but I'm telling you that I don't ever want to make it sound like I'm trying in any way to influence the Marvel people as to who to cast in any roles. That isn't my job. It isn't in my purview. It's something I should butt out of and I try to butt out of it — just like i don't tell them what to do with the movie."
"Because they really have been doing a pretty damn good job up 'til now!"
As for the fact that the actor is a different race to the comic book Peter Parker, Lee said that it: "shouldn't be a racial issue." However, he was quick to point out that it may not be the best idea to change the appearence of such a well known, established character, "Here's the point: We've already had the Kingpin in 'Daredevil' portrayed by a black man, where he was white in the comics, and we've had Nick Fury portrayed by a black man where he was white in the comics. But not that many people had seen these characters — not that many moviegoers are familiar with them."
"Everybody seems to be familiar with Spider-Man, so I say that it isn't that it's a racial issue — it's just that it might be confusing to people. But that's a matter for the people at Marvel to take into consideration. I certainly don't want to weigh in on it in any way, except to say I think Glover is a fine actor."
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