Despite being the most successful of them, Spider-Man 3 is widely considered the worst of Sam Raimi’s trilogy, with some seriously cringe worthy moments and far too many villains holding the threequel back from living up to its far superior predecessors. Raimi has said over the years that he’s not happy with how it turned out (it seems as if studio interference is why thing ultimately went wrong), but one person who is now leaping to the movie’s defence is star Topher Grace!
He played Eddie Brock/Venom in Spider-Man 3, and offered this justification as to why maybe the movie doesn’t deserve such a hard time:
“I know the movie did well for Sony, but I also know a lot of people weren’t happy with it. I think Sam is so talented. I remember one time I was on ninth unit. (Laughs.) Ninth unit? It’s like he’s running a small country. This summer, there was a movie like that where people are just slamming a big studio movie. I would love to see anyone who’s slamming one of those movies try to fit in Sam Raimi’s position. He was like the president of a small country — by the way, it had the gross national income of a small country, too. I have huge respect for him. I think, on a whole, he did such a fantastic job [on that trilogy].”
While the actor makes a very interesting point here, Spider-Man 3 making a lot of money really doesn’t excuse the fact that it wasn’t a good movie. In fact, it’s widely blamed for why there was a lack of interest in The Amazing Spider-Man back in 2012, so if anything, Spider-Man 3 hurt the franchise more than it helped it!
Even so, there’s no denying that Raimi did do a great job with the iconic wall-crawler despite things not ending on the strongest note. Grace on the other hand wasn’t particularly well cast as Eddie Brock, so you have to wonder how aware he is of the way fans feel towards his take on Venom.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter