Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 5:13AM
Bruce Campbell promised he'd be a bigger part of Spider-Man 4, even though he's had three small fanboy-pleasing cameos in the first three films in the series. Tough to know whether or not to believe Campbell, though, because he's got such a long history with director Sam Raimi that, much like his appearances in the Spider-Man movies, it could be a tongue-in-cheek joke.
But Raimi has backed up his friend and collaborator, telling MTV, "I promised him we would write something because I really love putting him in the pictures." Added Raimi, "I promised him a good, meaty role."
Sounds great, right? But Raimi adds he doesn't know what that part is yet. Now that I don't believe. More than likely, it's something Raimi doesn't want to say. There has been a consistent rumor that Campbell might be playing Mysterio, and you might think that's a big step up from his usual film roles, but please, look around at the reclamation projects in big tentpole movies over the past few years.
I'm not saying Campbell is the actor Depp, Downey, or Rourke can claim to be, nor is his name likely as well known as any of theirs, but given the almost unshakably successful run of the series, are you saying Sony can't take a gamble on the same kind of role played by that heartthrob Alfred Molina? If anything, the franchise got off track when it tried to attach names on the rise (Thomas Haden Church fresh off an Oscar nomination) to its villains, so letting Raimi rely on a guy he's known for 30 years to steady the ship hardly seems like a big deal. And, even though Campbell's no threat to Olivier, he's a great presence on screen no matter what he's doing.
Maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part, but I hope not. I hope there's some merit to the rumors and that Raimi really does give Campbell a major role in Spider-Man 4. Not just because I want to see it, but because the franchise could actually use it.