AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: Jamie Foxx Says L.A. Gangster Inspired His Electro

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: Jamie Foxx Says L.A. Gangster Inspired His Electro

Eric Vespe of Ain't It Cool News (AICN) sat down with Jamie Foxx ("Any Given Sunday") to discuss his role as Electro/Max Dillon in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Check it out!

The summer of 2014 is looking like a great year for movies, then again we said the same thing about 2013 and that didn't turn out so well. But anyways, one of the first films to kick-off the summer of 2014 will be Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. A lot of the success or failure of the film will rest on Jamie Foxx's performance as Max Dillon and his super-villain alter ego, Electro. The In Living Color actor chatted with Eric "Quint" Vespe at this year's Comic-Con to discuss that role. Going into detail about the mental anguish that will be inflicted upon the character. Also, how a Los Angeles gangster influenced his performance, as well as using intimidation to get under the skin of Andrew Garfield.

Jamie Foxx: Here's the thing. When they talked about this, I said “Look, I know Electro.” If we go on Electro's history, he's born in Endicott, New York. His father's an accountant. He should have followed in his father's footsteps, but his father leaves. Right off the bat you set Max up as a person that's been hurt. The father's not there. His mom is sort of crazy protective. He even tried to get married. Now, that's not in our movie, but to see a person in their 40s still trying to catch fire... I know guys like that. They're still trying to figure out what their life is about. There are guys who I could pattern this character off of so even before he turns into Electro he can be compelling.

When we got together, Marc (Webb) and I, I said how about it's his birthday and nobody remembers it, including his mom? So, when he goes in and says, “Mom, it's a special day today... is there something you want to tell me?” She goes, “Yeah, like I tell you every day, you're a dummy. Anything else?” Immediately the crowd is going to go, “Awwww.”

I said if we can have him betrayed by three things: love, family and his job then we can have an opportunity to have an old school villain. “Everyone's turned on me so I'm gonna get mine.” That's why I jumped at the chance of this. It wasn't just about “alright, let's go be in a superhero film!” because if you don't know a lot about it you'll end up one-dimensional. We wanted to sit down and actually develop him.

Something that happened to me... I was in LA. I was young, up and coming... the In Living Color days, but I really wasn't famous then. These guys were messing with me and I asked this gangster dude to help me out with it. When I did I was indebted to him. Every club I'd go to, it'd be “Hey, you gonna get me in the club with you?” I'd say, “I can only get in one...” “I got nine.” So, I'd have to pay to get them in.

So that energy that he had, I took it to Electro. When Spider-Man says to me as Max, “Hey, we're friends, we're partners” he remembers that as Electro. “You don't remember me? You said me and you were going to do this together. I'm Electro now, we can do this...”

Quint: So for him, it's another betrayal.

Jamie Foxx: When he betrays me, I take the same sensibility of that gangster that was chasing me in LA and I want him to be the guy that is chasing Spider-Man. Every time I was on the set and someone would ask me what I was doing that day, I said, “I'm chillin'. I'm chasin' spiders. I'll hit you back.”

I wanted to up the ante with the heat on him because I think the way Andrew (Garfield) had now taken control of that role... I wanted him to be uncomfortable. Even when I'd see him out, I'd go “Yo, you know somebody's after you, right?” He'd go (in a soft and, I gotta say, slightly effeminate British accent) “What? What-what-what do you mean somebody's after me?” I said, “Yeah, you've got a formidable opponent, somebody that wants to take your shine. Somebody who wants to take that Spider-Man sign and melt it so it says 'Electro.'”

That's what's cool about it, that's what's cool about being in this movie. And my daughter who is crazy about Spider-Man, she always dresses up like Spider-Man, she's sitting on the set with her costume on... It was all just a big fun experience, but we were down to the business of making characters multi-dimensional.


TASM2 - Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be directed by Marc Webb from a script written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt. The film will star Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Sally Field as Aunt May, Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, Paul Giamatti as Rhino, Jamie Foxx is Electro and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn. The Amazing Spider-Man sequel will swing into theaters May 2, 2014.
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TheYoungMan - 7/25/2013, 9:48 PM
"I said how about it's his birthday and nobody remembers it, including his mom? So, when he goes in and says, 'Mom, it's a special day today... is there something you want to tell me?' She goes, 'Yeah, like I tell you every day, you're a dummy. Anything else?'"

Banner - 7/25/2013, 10:06 PM
a lot of geeks hated the Amazing Spiderman movie and now that they had a glimpse of Electro they're finally changing their tune.

Howlett - 7/25/2013, 10:09 PM
Batman and Robin the Movie should file a lawsuit!

chrispunk28 - 7/25/2013, 10:17 PM
chrispunk28 - 7/25/2013, 10:18 PM
tasm 2 is gonna suck banner!
and you know it!
JDUKE25 - 7/25/2013, 10:21 PM
Well, what a.........wait for it........

Platinum - 7/25/2013, 10:21 PM he's Syndrome from The Incredibles?

“Mom, it's a special day today... is there something you want to tell me?” She goes, “Yeah, like I tell you every day, you're a dummy. Anything else?”

Seems like this this movie will have the subtlety of a Tyler Perry production.
Highflyer - 7/25/2013, 10:28 PM
@KingTrav, remember that Mysterio also tried to be a superhero first.
Banner - 7/25/2013, 10:33 PM

Highflyer - 7/25/2013, 10:36 PM
I like the fact that he'd be trying to make spidey's life hell.
Highflyer - 7/25/2013, 10:37 PM
@chrispunk, I didn't know you could see into the future.
SuperiorMrGod - 7/25/2013, 10:38 PM

No ones changing there tone you [foo foo], read the comments above yours if you need proof.
JULEZ13 - 7/25/2013, 10:40 PM
TASM was awful.

I had slight hopes for this movie (before I watched TASM), then I saw Jaime Foxx get cast as Electro, then I saw how awful he looked in the role.... smh....

Please stop making these god awful movies! Give the rights back to Marvel, they'll know what to do with it.
Highflyer - 7/25/2013, 10:45 PM
@Juelz13 shut up. just shut up.
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/25/2013, 10:50 PM
@julez lol you're bashing the movie becasue of the way an actor looks in the role? Lol that is single handedly the dumbest reason to dislike a film. What is it with you and looks? You didn't want charlie hunnam in as the flash becasue he wasn't good looking enough? Pshh
Dick - 7/25/2013, 10:51 PM
A lot of people say they hated the Amazing Spiderman and it would suck but the fact that you still put stupid comments and your whining to this thread is because you care for this franchise so stfu.
Jollem - 7/25/2013, 10:51 PM
tasm is one of the better marvel movies by far

foxx is gonna crush this

dane, giamatti, etc.

best cbm of 2014
Jollem - 7/25/2013, 10:52 PM
yes, please, tell me exactly how marvel studios would do this better? go ahead, i'll wait...
AmazingFantasy - 7/25/2013, 10:53 PM
Jamie will kick ass
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/25/2013, 10:57 PM
@juelez the day Hollywood starts casting actors based looks is the day we get a ton of mediocre films. And saying give it back to marvel totally contradicts your reasoning to give it back(looks), hemidall from Thor ring a bell?
Jollem - 7/25/2013, 11:00 PM
JULEZ13 - 7/25/2013, 11:02 PM
@highflyer - No. How about you STFU. This is a free website. If you could post your opinion so could I, so BYE.

@Spidey31 - NO, Mr. I can't comprehend what I read! I am bashing this movie based on the first one! This has the same production team in it so yeah, I'm not gonna have very high hopes for this one! You seriously don't think Jaime Foxx looks ridiculous as Electro?? He looks worse than Arnold did as Mr. Freeze!!

@NewGods - Ugh, yeah, I love Spiderman so OF COURSE I'm gonna f*cking care if they make sh*tty after sh*tty movie about him!!

The only GREAT Spiderman movie made was the 1st Raimi movie.

That's my opinion. You don't like it well then too bad. You have your opinion and I have mine.

Yeah, sure Marvel is working with Webb NOW, for this movie! Most of the damage has already been done in the first!
guardstarr15 - 7/25/2013, 11:03 PM
well that is one thing about Jamie Foxx he always like to go that extra mile when he plays a role. in Ray he glued his eye lids shut, for the Soloist he had his teeth filed and on this one although i little creepy it sounds like he is harrassing Andrew Garfield to get into character. lol
tojphantom - 7/25/2013, 11:05 PM
Because having the Electro from the comics inspire his Electro is out of the question.
Berserker187 - 7/25/2013, 11:06 PM
I can't stand this fool. No wonder he got punk in LA. He needed to show respect to the cholos when he got here. Fuvking pussy. [frick] I can't stand this fool.
JULEZ13 - 7/25/2013, 11:06 PM
People on this site are getting way too f*ckin touchy. You say your opinion on something and you get blasted for it. smh

Can't differ opinions these days! God forbid someone doesn't like something you do!!
Highflyer - 7/25/2013, 11:09 PM
@Juelz13, It looks like the fact I was playin went right over ur head. smh
Jollem - 7/25/2013, 11:11 PM
Jollem - 7/25/2013, 11:12 PM
"You say your opinion on something and you get blasted for it. smh"

...this is something new?
SnapperCarr - 7/25/2013, 11:14 PM
meh. Hopefully its better than it sounds.
Jollem - 7/25/2013, 11:24 PM
Jollem - 7/25/2013, 11:25 PM
it'll drive you up the wall sometimes
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/25/2013, 11:30 PM
@juelez ya isn't that kind of what the Internet has come to? The way you structured your sentence was absolutely terrible, " I had slight hope for this( till I saw TASM), then I saw the way foxx looked as electro..." Pretty much what you're saying is you had slight hope till you saw what foxx looked like. If you were to actually not have hope for this film because of the previous installment than there was no need for the paranthesis because according to you, that's why you don't have " slight hope" for this movie. Moving on, I'm not going to " bash" your opinion about TASM or TASM2 but honesty it's hard not too especially when your reasoning is one of a 5 year old school girl who failed kindergarten.
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/25/2013, 11:33 PM
Not to be a douche;) you've clearly never been on a TASM article, lets just say its been trolled on so much it's now anti troll/flame war territory. We pretty much eliminated all the trolls
GliderMan - 7/25/2013, 11:36 PM
I like the way you fry, boy
Batman5 - 7/25/2013, 11:43 PM
Jamie Foxx is the man, i think he is going to be AWESOME as Electro. I really dont know about paul giamati as the rhino tho.
FOOM - 7/25/2013, 11:59 PM
TASM WAS pretty piss poor. Anyone who thinks it respects the story,characters and tone of the source material really needs to improve their basic reading skills. I want TASM2 to be better but with Mark 'Make it up as you go along' Webb in charge I have my doubts despite hoping for the best.
BlindJustice - 7/26/2013, 12:18 AM
Marc 'I got hired on because of my cool name' Webb will continue to slowly drift away from the source material. I'm not one to really bitch about a CBM not sticking exactly to the source material, but damn...
superbatmanlantern - 7/26/2013, 12:36 AM
Not going to watch it. this will only add up to marvel's shitty movie list. The only greatest CBM movie is Raime's Spiderman 1,2 and even 3, Ironman 1 and 2, Hulk and Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Avengers was meh. Other marvel movies suxx shit!!!
UrbanKnight - 7/26/2013, 12:39 AM
GYEAH!! That's right Jamie! Da city with NO pity! LA represent!

Born $ raised in WATTS, baby!

watts towers photo: Watts Towers Wattstowers.jpg

Got a love/hate relationship but... lol.

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