Paul Giamatti On The Rhino Suit And The Possibility Of The Sinister Six Terrorizing The Amazing Spider-Man


rhino bannerWe saw a lot of set pictures from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 featuring Paul Giamatti filming his scenes as Aleksei Sytsevich both in and out of the giant rig that will be digitally made over into his Rhino suit. While those pics popped up almost every day this summer, we haven’t heard much about Giamatti in the film since then. Well this week the actor has been out and about promoting his new movie Parkland and he’s gotten a few Rhino related questions. The Academy Award-nominated actor touches on his Rhino suit, how he’s only one of several villains in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and whether or not he’ll be coming back to join the Sinister Six.

giamattiTalking with the Toronto Sun (via CBM’s MarvelFreshman), the actor revealed that he and Jamie Foxx aren’t the only bad guys that will go up against Spider-Man. Giamatti wouldn’t say much other than he was “One of several bad guys in the movie.” He was willing to tease his Rhino suit though:

“In the comic books of old, he had this suit on that made him look like a rhinoceros, and it made him super strong,” says the actor, laughing a little in disbelief at what he describes.

“If there was a bank vault he would just run right through it. Butt through it with his head. And he was not very smart.”

“And I have a particular kind of suit, but I don’t think I’m supposed to talk about it. He’s a Russian mobster. Russians are always good villains. I have an ability to just destroy things. My accent is pretty hammy. I loved doing it. It seemed to me like an opportunity to be as over-the-top hammy as possible. It was really fun.”

It is a little disconcerting to hear Giamatti say that he used the role to be as “over-the-top hammy” as possible. A lot of people knocked the first movie for being too serious in a lot of respects, but feared the sequel would try to make up for it by going too far in the other direction. Hopefully Giamatti‘s definition of hammy just means he had a lot of fun but took the role seriously.

In another interview with MTV, Giamatti talked more about what the future holds for Spider-Man. The actor was asked if his role in the sequel (which Marc Webb describes more as a cameo) was more a stage-setting sequence for Amazing Spider-Man 3 or 4. The actor says that is exactly the case:

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. A couple of us are more hanging around the background because I think there will be a bigger deal.

It has been all but confirmed by the director himself that the future Spider-Man movies will indeed see the Sinister Six forming to try and take down Spidey. Giamatti was asked if that’s what will happen:

I don’t actually know, but that seems to be what they’re doing. 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.


So Giamatti is hamming it up as the Rhino, but it’s going to be a small role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He will more than likely be back as a member of the Sinister Six in movie 3 or 4, though we’ll have to wait for it to be official. What do you think about Giamatti‘s comments? Do you hope the Sinister Six show up in one of the future films? The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters May 2, 2014.

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Sources :

  • Toronto Sun via CBM
  • MTV