Sam Elliott Responds to Spider-Man Casting Rumor
10.31.10 by Ryan
A recent report claimed that Sony Pictures was searching for an actor to portray J. Jonah Jameson in their upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Both John Slattery and Sam Elliott were named as possible replacements for J.K. Simmons who played the character in the previous Spider-Man movies. Zap2It spoke to Elliott and asked the actor about the casting rumor.
"I had no idea," said Elliott of the rumor. Spider-Man wouldn't be Elliott's first association with Marvel, having appeared as the Caretaker in 2007's Ghost Rider and General Ross in 2003's The Hulk, though, clearly, Elliott isn't quite in contention for the role.
Elliott did admit that replacing Simmons "would be fun, but who knows? I wish I had a crystal ball. We all wish we did, right? They did Hulk, then they did a reboot of that as something totally new [2008's The Incredible Hulk]... and that fell flatter on its face than the first one did. I hear they're doing a sequel to Ghost Rider as well. I don't think I've been recast; I just think my character isn't in it."
Still, Elliott isn't saying that he's opposed to doing another Marvel movie, admitting ""I just like to work."
Listen, if I'm gonna go do a Hallmark show [November Christmas] after what I've been working in the last couple of years, I'll do anything. It's about the material and the people you work with.
Should Sony ever talk to Elliott about the role, the actor would be working with director Marc Webb as well as Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Rhys Ifans in an unspecified villain role, and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.