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Raimi Compares 'Spider-Man' to 'The Gift'

    October 26, 2000
Source: SFX magazine, Spider-Man Hype

In an interview with SFX magazine, director Sam Raimi talks briefly about his experience in working on The Gift and what he would like to take from it to apply to his latest endeavor of filming Spider-Man. Here is what he had to say:

'Spider-Man won't be anything like The Gift,' Raimi explains, 'but what I did learn after watching Kate Blanchett perform so well for so long, I decided that's what it's all about. It's about a great actor or actress.'

'Thats what I need. I think that's why I went after Tobey Maguire so hard. Harder than I should have. Fortunately the studio got behind me, which I really appreciated. I wanted the same experience again, especially with Peter Parker, who I love. I wanted to make sure he's somebody I could talk to...and really in an intimate way, to make sure he understood everything that I did, and that we had asked the right questions. I didn't want to watch Peter Parker say something to Aunt May in a way I thought was not really Peter Parker, and yet be afraid to approach him, or have any of that nonsense about lack of communication. I wanted somebody that would work hard at being real.

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