Many blogosphere critics are currently thinking the same thing: Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson would make a great Peter Parker for Sony's upcoming Spider-Man reboot. In my own Kick-Ass review, I stated that Johnson proves that he can dip deep into both the dramatic and comedic wells of acting, and for that reason alone he would make a perfect Peter Parker - nevermind that he also looks the part.
Well, Cinema Blend got a chance to talk with Johnson at the Kick-Ass press junket - and after reading what the young British actor had say, it doesn't seem like he has all that much interest in playing Spidey - or any other superhero - anytime in the near future.
Here's what Johnson had to say to Katey Rich over at Cinema Blend [NOTE: I've stitched the various quotes together into a coherent line of dialogue, so consider this paraphrasing]:
"I would play another superhero, but not necessarily soon...Obviously [Hollywood producers] haven't got that much of a creative brain when someone else has a movie coming out called Kick-Ass, why would they want to be the next superhero that's already been done before...It's just ridiculous. Producers just aren't thinking. It's why [crap] movies get made."
It's easy to understand why Johnson might feel that way - you gotta remember that in this day and age, when comic book movies are totally ruling the blockbuster movie season (and beyond), the deals for these almost-guaranteed hit franchises can tie an actor down for three, five - or in the case of Marvel's Avengers universe - even nine films!
A young actor like Johnson, who is just breaking out into the bright limelight, almost assuredly has that youthful creative spark which keeps him wanting to "explore the halls of acting," rather than becoming the next Daniel Radcliffe (read: stripping naked on stage with a horse to prove he's more than just Harry Potter). And god bless the young for feeling that way.
When you start approaching age middle-age like I am, the thought of a guaranteed paycheck from Sony and/or Marvel to play Spider-Man for the next decade seems less like creative limitation and more like "a sensible and stable career decision." This is a recession after all... Just saying...
Of course, boatloads of money have a way of altering claims that were made even in the hottest of passions ("I love you" being the most common example). So could Johnson end up wearing webbed tights and cracking one-liners at villains? Of course, this is Hollywood - stranger things have and will continue to happen! But right now, it sounds like he's not all that interested, so I wouldn't go placing my poker chips on that table quite yet.
Lest we forget, there's still the issue of Kick-Ass 2, should the first film do as well at the box office as some people are predicting.
Aaron, man, if it makes any difference at all, you're still No. 1 on my list of candidates for the new Peter Parker - how about you guys? Think Aaron Johnson is the best bet for the new Spider-Man?
Kick-Ass hits theaters on April 16th.
The Spider-Man Reboot (in 3D!) is slated to hit theaters in Summer 2012
Source: Cinema Blend