Jamie Foxx explains his take on his 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' villain Electro

Oscar-winning actor recalls how a scary, real-life fan encounter informed his performance.
By Karen Butler  |  May 12, 2014 at 1:32 PM
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NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx says he approached the villain he plays in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as a fanatical fan, who becomes enraged when he thinks his hero has rejected him.

In the film, Foxx plays Max, a sweet, but awkward Oscorp scientist, who is thrilled when he randomly meets Spider-Man, played by Andrew Garfield, and the icon is kind to him. However, after a lab accident gives Max the power to control all things electric and Spider-Man tries to save Times Square and everyone in it from the destruction he is causing, Max thinks the web-slinger has turned against him. He then becomes Electro and sets out to kill Spider-Man.

So, how did Foxx get inside the head of a madman to play the role?

"Fame fatigue. What I mean by that is, any time I get a chance to disappear into some type of character, it's great to do. Because we bombard people with our image every, single day with Twitter and Instagram," the 46-year-old actor told reporters in New York recently.

"So, to be the first black man with a comb-over and put the gap in the teeth and go back to sort of like my In Living Color days and really show Max as broken and reaching out. Even though the character is broad, he still has feelings. When he sees Spider-Man, it does something to him, so we understand that when he does turn into Electro, he's just really hurt. He is just let down as a fan, which I understand the fanatic thing, too. I was in Philly shooting a movie and I get a knock on the door of my condo and I open my door and there is a guy there, who says: 'Hey, Jamie, Beyonce told me to check on you. ... Can I just come in?' And I had to slam the door on the guy and call security. I was like, 'Wow, that's crazy!' They eventually caught him, but I wanted to take a little of that sort of fanatic in Max, as well."

Co-starring Emma Stone and Sally Field, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was No. 2 at the North American box office over the weekend.

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