J.K. Simmons Reprising Role of Other Guy with "J" Initial First Name

January 19, 2009


There's been a lot of talk about if Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, or Kirsten Dunst are returning for Spider-Man 4. Let's not even sweat them, everyone. Raimi fell apart a bit by the third film, Maguire had a mixed reception, and come on, Kirsten Dunst? The real guy we should be worrying about is J.K. Simmons, people. His perfectly exaggerated portrayal of "Daily Bugle" publisher J. Jonah Jamseon is accept-no-immitations spot-on. They can put Justin Long in webbed spandex and I'll say "fair enough," but if they try gluing a toothbrush mustache to Tommy Lee Jones, I call bullshit.

Let's start worrying about getting that guy back. Except just said he is coming back and shooting is starting next year, so don't worry, Pumpkin:

The fourth film in the blockbuster “Spider-Man” franchise will begin shooting in 2010, actor J.K. Simmons told MTV News at Sundance, revealing that he’ll continue in the role of Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson. “I saw Sam [Raimi] at his Christmas party.”

Simmons added that he doesn't want or expect a larger part in the next sequel, alluding to becoming a week-long wolf of some nature:

“We’ve definitely brainstormed ideas for Triple-J, but I have no desire to make Triple-J more of the focus of those movies,” he said. “The amount that I did in 1, 2 and 3, is just exactly right. Like be the wolf. Come in, blow in, do a week, blow out, be the comic relief, and hit the road. And let Tobey and everybody else do the heavy lifting.”

Also: don't make Justin Long Spider-Man. I was lying about saying "fair enough" to that.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Spider-Man 4’ To Begin Shooting In 2010, Says Bugle Chief [MTV]

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