B.J. Novak On His Brief Role In THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

B.J. Novak On His Brief Role In THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

B.J. Novak is mostly known for his role in The Office, but he also has a (very) minor role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In a recent interview he got the chance to open up on his role a little bit. Check it out!

With as many good reviews for Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, there is also a fair amount of bad reviews. Some people believe they did a good job at balancing all the characters, and others think it didn't work very well. Regardless, one of the characters that didn't get very much screen time was B.J. Novak's Alistair Smythe. But whether or not he was in the movie very much, Novak still says that "You could not have the movie without my role." He does have a point in that his character is a big part of why Jamie Foxx's Max Dillon transformers into the villainous Electro. He goes on to discuss his experience with the film and further elaborates on his small but important role. "It was kind of overwhelming," he says on what it feels like to be a part of a major franchise such as Spider-Man. "I showed up on set and there is so much secrecy that I didn't even get the full script. I had to sort of do my own thing about my character. I was able to talk to [Marc Webb] about what I thought I was piecing together but it was cool to be part of something so global and alive in the imaginations of so many people." Playing a character such as Smythe was also pretty similar to Novak, since he can be compared to his character on the Office 'Ryan.' "I did find some overlap, unfortunately, that I could draw on. [Ryan] was also sort of drunk on power at a very young age, and I think that's the story of this character I play here." Are you happy with the size of the role Alistair Smythe had in the Amazing Spider-Man 2, or do you think he should have been cut? And would you like to see him return for 2016's The Amazing Spider-Man 3? Sound off in the usual spot!

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"In “The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2,” for 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 film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers. The latest chapter in the Spider-Man story is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014."

Starring  Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon, Sally Fields as Aunt May, Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich, and B.J. Novak as Alistair Smythe, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will hit US theaters on May 2, 2014!
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MrSotoMan - 4/25/2014, 12:13 PM
Honestly you could of named him Bill O Riley and it would of never made a difference to what he does.
Scarilian - 4/25/2014, 12:19 PM
He was named once and did nothing - he had no characteristics other than those gained from telling Max Dillon to do his job and he appeared for less screen time than Felica Hardy (Who maxed about 2 minutes)
captainireland - 4/25/2014, 12:20 PM
"You could not have the movie without my role."

Overestimating himself much? Okay, he gave Dillon a hard time but so it seemed did everyone else. But whatever gets him through the day I guess!

XelCorp - 4/25/2014, 12:20 PM
The guy didnt do anything in this movie besides being the ONE of MANY people who shit on Max's Life daily. Pointless imo
XelCorp - 4/25/2014, 12:21 PM
So wth is he going on about?
DrDoom - 4/25/2014, 12:21 PM
It's clearly setup for him to become a villain in TASM3, but really, if they were going that route, they should have given him more to do; a sneak peek at some Spider-Slayer blueprints wouldn't have gone amiss.
TayDee - 4/25/2014, 12:26 PM
People complain about this but jizz out their mouths when they heard Doctor Strange's name in TWS.
Brainiac13 - 4/25/2014, 12:31 PM
My boy just mentioned that scene where Harry tells Peter that Oscorp has been watching you.....'isn't that the story of the day' was cut from the movie.
Reasonnnn - 4/25/2014, 12:52 PM
DEVLIN712 - 4/25/2014, 1:06 PM
When he bumps into Max outside the elevator he should have dropped a couple of blueprints and then get really anxious that someone might see them
CherryBomb - 4/25/2014, 1:38 PM
It's good to introduce characters that will have a big important in the future but giving them current small roles, same with Felicia.
His character and Felicia will definitely be big characters in sequels and at least giving us a glimpse fully establishes them in the universe.

One of my pet hates is when movies just throw in a huge character and you think "where the hell did they come from?"
But with him and Felicia we can say "oh, they were in the last one! I remember now"
SuperSpiderMan5778 - 4/25/2014, 7:58 PM
i want a bj
dethpillow - 4/26/2014, 6:34 AM
jesus, man, i'm sure Webb loved talking to u about what your dumb ass little character was worried about.

actors need to calm the hell down and just start showing up and just doing their jobs.

what does he need to know about that?
what a terrible little scene, maybe this movie sucks after all.
Jamie Foxx is such a terrible Max Dillon, i'm gonna go see this, next weekend, i guess, but everything about him is just totally begging for attention. and I understand the character is begging for attention, but u shouldn't actually see the actor on his hands and knees and trying so goddam hard to do something that's simple.

Electro is pretty simple. we don't need all this make believe note card nonsense about his whole life history and every time he looked in the mirror since he was born. Electro is very simple. and he's not a clown and neither is Rhino and I would've thought that Giamatti was smart enough to know that. but it just looks like he couldn't resist either.

actors are out of control.
actors need a punch in the nose.
he should know this too, cuz he's a writer.

Giamatti maybe i'm wrong about, but Foxx as Electro is just horrible.
it's biopics. all actors who do biopics, i swear to god, there's something wrong with them as people. they are dysfunctional and there's something wrong with them. and don't trust them, don't hire them for anything, cuz they're just crappy little shiftwork clowns that want to make the world a grosser place than it has to be.
dethpillow - 4/26/2014, 6:41 AM
Mark Webb, the naked giant?

should've slapped Foxx in the face with his naked giant limp baseball bat and said, "hey... you! Jamie Foxx! back up. i don't care about your goddam sister and your stupid little combover and I don't care about you. you're not important. just sit down and shut the [frick] up and get rid of that ridiculous hair. i am [frick]ing Marc Webb and you aren't. I will [frick]ing eat your goddam intestines out, u little overacting outrageous Ray Charles acting fake ass clown. I will kill you. just sit down and shut the [frick] up, Jamie Foxx. none of this shit. not in my dojo. you're gonna do Electro right. and that means shutting up and taking that weave ass extension crap off your head and shutting up more. now shut up." and then Webb should've walked away, naked and weird.

and then Webb should've just fired him right there.
what a clown, dude. jamie foxx. get out of here with that shit.

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