Rhys Ifans Discusses His Lizard Costume For ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

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Those who attended the 2011 Comic-Con Sony Pictures Panel were able to get an early glimpse of The Lizard in director Marc Webb’s franchise reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. By virtually all accounts, the CGI villain is pretty massive and does not bear a strong physical resemblance to his comic book incarnation – given his flatter facial structure and lack of any clothing (even a tattered laboratory coat).

Everyone who didn’t make it to Comic-Con is hoping to get a glimpse of the reptilian monster in the next Amazing Spider-Man trailer, whenever it arrives. However, we have some tidbits about the costume actor Rhys Ifans wore to portray Dr. Curt Connors’ Lizard form, to keep you tided over in the meantime.

Ifans previously opened up about his view of Connors as a tragically-flawed character – and the more grounded tone of Amazing Spider-Man in general – but dropped little in the way of hints concerning what he would look like as The Lizard. A handful of set photos leaked online this past spring, revealing what appeared to be Ifans literally shrouded head to foot  - but, again, they revealed almost nothing about what gear or makeup the actor was donning in order to become a human-sized reptile.

Cinema Blend recently interviewed Ifans, who has the following to say on the matter:

“The majority of the time [in 'The Amazing Spider-Man'] I’m me, I’m a human, not a Lizard. That’s hard enough. I did have the CGi suit for certain scenes. The Lizard is 9 feet tall. There was one day that I went on set and they had a double, a big big guy, playing me, as the Lizard. I looked at it and I went “No.” Following that Marc [Webb, the director] let me know all the physicality, all the physicality you’ll see in the Lizard is my own.

“I had a green suit on, and then this cardboard head, and these big claws. It was the most f***ing insane… Each and every time you see the Lizard, the technology is so advanced now that when the Lizard’s eyes move, they’re my eyes. If I frown or show any emotion, they’re my emotions. That’s how spectacularly advanced technology is.”

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Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors in 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

The use of performance-capture suits has become increasingly commonplace in comic book adaptations over the years. Case in point: Robert Downey Jr. donned a mo-cap outfit in order to create the realistic movements of the Iron Man suit; Michael Shannon is wearing similar gear for Man of Steel, since his General Zod costume will be CGI; and many an extra has been spotted dressed in a mo-cap suit on the Avengers set (possibly portraying extraterrestrial invaders). That’s not to mention, Ryan Reynold’s controversial CGI Green Lantern costume.

It’s still amusing to find out exactly what Ifans had on when he duked it out with Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man – or terrorized anyone else during the filming of Amazing Spider-Man. Just goes to show: how something looks in an amateur behind-the-scenes photo can end up being worlds apart from the final product. Best to keep that in mind, before you start jumping to conclusions about, say, whether or not Spidey’s shiny silver slippers will just end up being an eyesore in Webb’s reboot.


The Amazing Spider-Man swings into 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on July 3rd, 2012.

Source: Cinema Blend

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  1. I have to admit he looks more the part of Curt Conners than the last actor did.

  2. not sure how much i like him saying “majority of the time in the movie he is him”. was really hoping they would realize we just saw this reboot and try to move it along faster to get us more of a story. guess we’re in the for the long haul meh

  3. Ifans being Conners for the majority of the film isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I mean, I’d hope he gets more screen time as the Lizard than Topher Grace did as Venom, say, but it all depends on how Conners is written.

    Maybe we’ll actually see more of Spider-man dealing with every day crime and thugs, stuff like that. That’s still fun, and we didn’t really see a lot of it in the first trilogy outside of montages.

  4. I wanna see lizard now!! :D

    • Here Lizard, lizard, lizard… ;)

  5. yaaaawwwwwnnnn. This movie is going to make Wolverine look like Citizen Kane.

  6. You lost me at “does not bear a strong physical resemblance to his comic book incarnation – given his flatter facial structure and lack of any clothing (even a tattered laboratory coat).” -Horrible, HORRIBLE decision!

    • I have to agree. What is the deal with changing the looks of characters we know and love? I just hope the acting is so good that it makes up for some of the design changes. Jeez, when will Hollywood learn? Sigh. I’m still hoping for a good movie despite this.

      • Why the hell would they change how he looks?! Didn’t they learn from Raimi’s God awful Green Goblin outfit? I really want to get into this movie but every piece of news keeps getting worse.

  7. He looks like the original Steve Ditko Lizard with a flatter face. It’s all good. I’m sure we’ll see the Lizard in his lab coat during his final transformation scene, then after that he’ll probably be bare naked, which makes sense, he’ll be more lizard than man. The movie will be great, have faith.

    • RD, haven’t you heard? Being optimistic makes losers out of people. Just kidding, I’m probably in the same camp as you.

      I don’t know that this movie will be good, but I think it has potential and I’m definately looking forward to it.

      Actually, I’m not sure why screenrant is saying the Lizard doesn’t bare a strong resemblance to his comic book counter part. The look has changed over the years. Steve Ditko’s Lizard was flat faced, McFarlane’s was kind of alligator faced I guess, and recent drawings have the Lizard looking like some kind of aquatic raptor. Beside that though, I’ve only heard of very rough renderings for the character. So it’s possible that the comic con crowd hasn’t even seen the polished version yet. No offense to screenrant or anything.

  8. YOU PEOPLE know there is another villian in this film besides him….

    • Hollywood?