For Andrew Garfield, becoming your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is as simple as slipping on some red-and-blue tights. For Rhys Ifans, the process of becoming the Lizard — the reptilian nemesis Peter Parker will face in next summer’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” — is considerably trickier.
As is the case with so many superhero films these days, Ifans filmed his scenes as the Lizard while wearing a complicated motion-capture suit that will make way for the villain’s scaly visage somewhere along the post-production process. But fans won’t have to look too hard to see Ifans’ performance shine through the presumably CGI-heavy Lizard’s presence: His eyes, facial expressions and — yes — even his voice will be front and center when “Amazing Spider-Man” swings into theaters.
“It’s totally my voice,” Ifans told MTV News when asked if we’d be hearing his Lizard voice when the movie arrives next year. “I’m sure the voice will be toyed with in the eventual edits, but when I was shooting the CGI moments, when I wasn’t actually human, when I was Lizard, I looked like a crash-test dummy in a green leotard thing. There were many moments when I had to speak to Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as the Lizard.”
Not content with simply telling us that we’d be hearing his Lizard voice, Ifans one-upped us with one heck of a terrifying exclusive: his first public performance of the Lizard’s voice!
“Sooooo prettyyyyy,” he hissed at MTV’s Josh Horowitz, making our fearless reporter very, very uncomfortable. “Beauuuuutiful MTV … ”
Perhaps not the most menacing words Ifans could have strung together, but let us assure you, witnessing the incredibly talented “Anonymous” actor’s Lizard drawl firsthand is not an experience we’ll soon forget. If his Lizard voice is even half as terrifying in the final edit of “Amazing Spider-Man” as it was in person, webheads everywhere are going to be very pleased next summer.
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