Jamie Foxx is a seasoned actor in the Hollywood film industry, having already achieved critical acclaim and an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 film “Ray.” Throughout his career, he has been involved in various notable projects, including his role as the supervillain Electro in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While his initial appearance as Electro in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” received mixed responses, Foxx made an effort to bring a fresh and cool modification to the character in his return.
During his time working on the set of Jon Watts’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Foxx expressed his admiration for Willem Dafoe, who reprised his role as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin. This unexpected inclusion of the Green Goblin, one of Spider-Man’s formidable foes, delighted fans and fellow cast members, particularly Jamie Foxx.
In an interview with Marvel, the 55-year-old actor shared his experience working alongside Dafoe and Alfred Molina, who played Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus in the franchise. Foxx described them as incredible individuals with undeniable talent, stating that they were simply cooler because of their sheer talent.
Foxx specifically expressed his admiration for Willem Dafoe, referring to him as “Mr. Dafoe.” He revealed that whenever he walked onto the set, he would bow seven times as a sign of respect. Foxx had been watching Dafoe’s movies for years and recognized his amazing talent. The deep respect and admiration for Dafoe led Foxx to willingly bow in front of him as a gesture of appreciation.
“Just the most incredible people. When people have this sheer talent, like there’s no doubt about it, they’re just cooler.”
“Mr. Dafoe — as I would call him — every time I walked onto set, I would bow seven times [at him]. I said, ‘I’m going to bow seven times because I’ve been watching [your movies] for years and you’re just amazing.’”
Foxx also discussed Dafoe’s personality on set, describing him as a grounded person with a great sense of humor. Dafoe’s jokes and humor had Foxx cracking up and added to the overall enjoyable experience of working together. Foxx emphasized that when talented individuals come together for a fun project, particularly with people they admire and respect, it becomes the cherry on top of the experience.
“It was just so funny and when he wasn’t doing his thing, he was doing jokes and everything like that, which is usually what I do; he had me on the ground cracking up.”
“When you’re able to come together for something that’s fun, with people that you really admire and respect, that’s just the cherry on top.”
The ensemble cast of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” played a significant role in the film’s success, grossing over $1.9 billion worldwide and setting numerous box office records. The film’s popularity has led to the development of a sequel, while “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is currently available on Starz for audiences to enjoy.