Willem Dafoe wanted to play the Green Goblin in a central role in Spider-Man: No Way Home to avoid being a comical joke in the movie. The actor said that he agreed to reprise his role as the iconic villain on the condition that he played a part of the action sequences in the movie.
Willem Dafoe wanted to be more than just comical jokes
Speaking to The New York Times, Willem Dafoe shared the condition that he had for reprising his role as the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: No Way Home – He wanted the assurance that his role would be more than just a cameo and to be included in the action scenes to avoid becoming a series of memes.
Actor Alfred Molina also spoke about how he was approached for a reprisal of his role as Doc Ock in Spider-Man: No Way Home, saying that he initially thought it was for a completely different project, or maybe to play another villain, or maybe for an interview for a documentary.
Spider-Man: No Way Home of course went on to smash all kinds of box office records, becoming the highest-grossing movie of 2021 and the 12th highest of all time.