Rhys Ifans in Scaley 'Lizard' Makeup Captured in New "Spy" Pics from the Set of The Amazing Spider-Man
05.13.11 by BJSprecher
Comic book movie fans who long suspected that Rhys Ifans would be playing Dr. Curt Connors, aka the Lizard, in director Marc Webb's reimagining of the Spider-Man franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man, received confirmation of their beliefs when actor C. Thomas Howell, who plays a minor role in the movie, inadvertently "outed" Ifans as the Lizard in an interview. Despite this, the ever-skeptical fans who have been looking for hard evidence of the Lizard's appearance in the new movie have been frustrated time and again. Ifans did not appear in any of the "spy" pics or videos from the shoot in Los Angeles and when he was finally spotted on the New York City set he was covered from head to toe. Now, the proof that fans have been clamoring for has finally arrived thanks to a series of new candid shots of Ifans in costume captured by DailyMail.
Despite his best efforts to remain covered up, Ifans let his guard down long enough for several good shots of his face and neck to be photographed, which reveal large scaley patches of skin, presumably makeup for the early stages of his transformation into the Lizard. But, if that's not enough evidence for the die-hard fans, then the shot of Ifans wearing a green glove over his right hand in a scene with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker should be the clincher.
In the Marvel comic books on which the movie is based, Dr. Connors was a surgeon until an accident caused his right arm to be amputated. Connors became obsessed with unlocking the secrets of reptilian limb regeneration in the hopes that he might be able to grow back his arm. He eventually does discover a way to regrow his arm by ingesting a serum containing reptilian DNA, but the process doesn't stop at his arm, transforming him into the terrifying villain called the Lizard. The green glove that Ifans wears is a chroma key item that will be digitally removed to show Connors' missing arm or to show a reptilian-looking CG arm. It's likely that when Connors goes "full Lizard" that the character will be a 100% digital, so these might be the best shots of the Lizard that we can hope for.
The Amazing Spider-Man was written by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent. The cast includes Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Campbell Scott, Annie Parisse, Julianne Nicholson, Irrfan Khan, Denis Leary, Chris Zylka and two-time Academy Award-winner Sally Field.