Toronto — Paul Giamatti is not an idiot. Anyone who has seen the Academy Award nominee acting can attest to that, but when it comes to talking about his role in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," he has found himself in a complicated position.
Take, for example, when he sat down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Giamatti is promoting the new JFK assassination drama "Parkland." He could reveal to MTV News that his role as the Rhino in the upcoming "Spider-Man" sequel — as it has been hinted elsewhere — is more of a stage-setting opening sequence.
"And I believe there's a lot of stage-setting for the next film. There are several villains in this movie, and some of them are more foreground and important. Jamie Foxx is and stuff," he said. "A couple of us are more hanging around the background because I think there will be a bigger deal."
For anyone closely following the trajectory of the Sony's rebooted "Amazing Spider-Man" series, that "bigger deal" shouldn't be anything new. It sounded to be a reference to the formation of the Sinister Six, a group compromised of some of Peter Parker's most notorious foes, a team that originally included Sandman, Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Vulture, and the villain in "Amazing Spider-Man 2," Electro.
But would Giamatti go as far as to confirm the Sinister Six as the "bigger deal"? Not so fast.
"I don't actually know, but that seems to be what they're doing," he said. "I'm not an idiot either, but I can't claim hard and fast knowledge of this. I won't. I can't because I don't actually know, but you and I can speculate."
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens in theaters on May 2, 2014.