Even if you enjoyed “The Amazing Spider-Man,” you have to agree on one thing: it needed more J. Jonah Jameson. Specifically, it needed J.K. Simmons as JJJ, a role he made famous in the Sam Raimi “Spider-Man” series. Recasting Peter Parker was a daunting task to be sure, but recasting the surly newsman? That’s virtually impossible — which is why we join the voices of the many who say, hey, don’t recast J. Jonah, just hire Simmons again!
For his part, Simmons seems very much down to reprise the infamous Spider-hater in the current “Amazing” series. Though he has yet to watch Marc Webb’s reboot for himself, Simmons told Crave Online that he would be very open to lending his talents to the newly reimagined franchise.
“Oh, I’m open to anything,” Simmons said. “Obviously that was enormous fun playing that character. A big part of the fun was doing it with Sam and with Tobey. Like I said I literally have not seen the movie. I don’t even know tonally how different it may or may not be. I’m a fan of the actors, the director and everything else. Yeah, I’m always open.”
Before that interview, Simmons told attendees at the TCA press tour that while he had a great time putting his mark on “Spider-Man,” he thinks those days have come to an end.
“I [loved] making those movies with Sam and with everybody, and we had a great time. Now, the studio is doing a different version of it,” he said. “But that seems like ancient history. And, because I don’t get out much, I haven’t seen the movie or the Broadway play or the cartoon, which I do a voice on.”
Do you want Simmons back as J. Jonah Jameson, or should a new actor tackle the role for the “Amazing” trilogy? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below or on Twitter!