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Monday, June 25, 2012

Rhys Ifans Slithers as The Lizard in Amazing Spider-Man!

06.25.2012 – The Amazing Spider-Man is a few days away from being shown in the Philippines which is June 29, 2012 and still some casual fans who followed the movie doesn’t know the new villain Peter Parker is going to face in this new movie.

For sure long time comic book fans have been actively following the new movie’s developments since Sony Pictures re-booted its origin story. New viewers would be anticipating this since its announcement of the cast and crew back in 2010. The trailers and magazine features have been out already.

But there are still a few asking who is the new green skinned figure that is currently battling our friendly neighborhood web head?

Enter: The Lizard. For some who have seen the first trilogy Dr. Curt Conners has appeared but never as “The Lizard” which would be the best foil for Spidey back then. But then again that would be a different story as he is the villain in the spotlight for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man.

British actor Rhys Ifans plays Peter Parker's mentor slash nemesis Dr. Curt Connors aka The Lizard in Columbia Pictures' new 3D action-adventure.

A giant reptilian powerhouse with superhuman strength, jagged claws and fangs, and a prehensile tail which can be used as a weapon, The Lizard is the alter-ego of the tragic scientist, Dr. Curt Connors, the world’s foremost authority on genetic engineering.

Dr. Connors had a tragic accident years ago that resulted to the loss of his right arm who is inspired him to find a cure which made him consumed with one particular quest above all others: to, somehow, find a way to re-grow that missing part of him.

There’s a mysterious connection with Dr. Connors and Peter Parker which will be futher explored in the upcoming film.

However, as producer Matt Tolmach notes, the connection between Peter and Connors goes beyond the scientist’s relationship to Peter’s father. “They are both incomplete, one physically, one metaphorically,” he explains. “Connors is an incredible character – there’s something compelling and quite tragic about him. He becomes blinded by his own condition and to the repercussions of what it is that he’s trying to do, and that makes for great drama.”

“The Lizard, a manifestation of Dr. Connors’ desire to fill a void, is one of my favorite Marvel villains of all time, because the character’s story is about loss,” says producer Avi Arad. “His alter ego, Dr. Connors, is a brilliant scientist who is totally consumed with the field of cross species genetics and regeneration, desperate to regain his missing right arm.”

“To me, the thing that sets the Spider-Man villains apart from other comic book villains is that they’re human, and real, and flawed, as much as Peter Parker is,” Ifans says. “Particularly with Dr. Curt Connors, what makes him a more emotional presence in Peter’s life is that he was very close to Peter’s father. That makes Peter’s relationship with him a very complex and emotional one.”

Ifans was drawn to the film by its complexity and the emotional elements of the role: “Connors is not a villain as such, and I’m not portraying him as a villain. He does feel kind of cheated by God, and he’s looking for answers in science. He is a man with genuine needs and anxieties. There’s a palpable pain and pathos to him, and when he crosses the line into self-experimentation, the true tragedy begins.”

Ifans prepared for the role by learning how to live as a person with one arm – becoming quite skilled at tying a tie, making coffee, and many other tasks with his right arm tied behind his back. “It’s a real revelation to discover to what level that a disability can affect a person, but also how it can actually make you more deft than a person with both arms,” says Ifans.

Opening across the Philippines on Friday, June 29, 2012 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, 2D and regular theaters, “The Amazing Spider-Man” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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