Irrfan set to lock horns with Spidey
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Irrfan set to lock horns with Spidey

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan finally confirms his part as Proto Goblin in Marc Webb’s upcoming 3D Spider-Man Reboot. Priyanka Jain speaks to the actor.

bollywood Updated: Dec 14, 2010 16:08 IST
Priyanka Jain
Priyanka Jain
Hindustan Times

Spider-Man is one of the biggest Hollywood franchises, with a large budget and a huge studio backing. To be cast in it is a dream," says actor Irrfan Khan.On the announcement of his role as the new villain Proto Goblin, in Marc Webb’s 3D Spider-Man Reboot, Khan says, "All I know is that I am playing a villain in the film."

But according to International reports, Khan’s character Van Atter transforms into Proto Goblin. He will be joined by Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) playing a villainous Lizard and Annie Parisse (Rubicon) who could be playing Khan’s wife.

IrrfanWhether it’s Bond, Spidey, Batman or Superman, Khan says what interests him are the new elements that these movies keep adding to the franchise: "It’s exciting to watch them. They keep throwing in new challenges, new angles and trying to better the earlier movie. They make characters exploitable and yet maintain the credibility."

New interest

Khan credits praise for his role as a widower seeking therapy in the HBO series In Treatment for this new wave of interest in him. "It was a very prestigious series and Hollywood started taking notice of me. Recently, The New York Times carried an article with a new picture of me, revealing my real age.

Until now, people have seen me portraying much older roles — whether it was in The Namesake or In Treatment. After this new photo was published, I got some offers from Hollywood and then spoke to Marc Webb. He was familiar with my work and had seen The Namesake and A Mighty Heart and was very keen that I should be in the film."

Talking about his co actor, Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) who is slated to play the role of Spider-Man in the film, Khan says, "Andrew has a very interesting face and I like him as an actor." Tight-lipped about his character, Khan adds, "I still have to read the script. For me, Spiderman is big.

If I am cast along with some interesting people, it will be icing on the cake. I used to read comics earlier and I have seen all the Spider-Man movies and liked them.” Khan starts shooting for the film in February.

First Published: Dec 13, 2010 12:40 IST