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Ted Raimi to appear in SPIDER-MAN!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with a 'no shit' scoop about SPIDER-MAN that comes from our friends covering all that is Xena at Whoosh.Org, and it came out of Ted Raimi's mouth at a Xena Con, somewhere upon a table in Arizona. Strange place for info to come from. Personally, I'm racking my brain trying to think of an existing known character to Ted to play... and... for the life of me, I can't seem to think of one... so it might just be a cameo.... We'll see next holiday season!

I don't know if you've got this before, but I found this on the Whooosh website (a Xena website)

08-02-00. On July 30, 2000, Ted Raimi at the Mesa, Arizona XENA Con said again that Joxer will be back as a "bumbling" ghost next season. He also mentioned that he has gotten a role in the SPIDERMAN movie his big brother Sam is directing later this year.

So that's a Spiderman casting newsstory for you

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  • Aug. 9, 2000, 5:35 a.m. CST


    by Roj Blake

    'Nuff said. Certainly ain't talent or looks.

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 5:51 a.m. CST

    New Super Hero web page

    by Goshinkwai

    Go here, it's better than any news harry can give you on Spidey.

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Who Raimi Might Play

    by RogerOThornhill

    Has it occurred to anyone that brother-director might want brother-actor to play Doc Ock? From other reports, it sounds like they're having problems casting that part, since it's very much second banana. Hell, with the right eyegear bro even looks like Doc Ock. By the way, if this pans out and I'm the first one to think of it, I want some kind of doorprize--tickets to the premiere, drinks with whoever plays MJ, whatever. That was a reasonable speculation; what follows is a fantasy that will never come true. Can we combine two disheartening rumors and one disheartening fact out there and cast Harrison Ford as the Green Goblin? As with Gemini, he's old enough, Cage isn't, and it gives him the chance to stretch that everyone round these parts--particularly Harry--has been clamoring for. In Marvel parlance, nuff said.

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Why not cast Ted as..

    by Otter

    Doc Ock? Sure, he's not as tubby as our image of Doc, but he's got the nerdy doctor image that he needs. And as far as all the nepotism comments that will be coming, Sam uses EVERYONE from his casting pool, INCLUDING Tapert, Campbell, and Spiegel, so why should he leave out his brothers? Get off of your high horses, naysayer fanboys.

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 7:57 a.m. CST

    I think he plays...

    by rossimus

    ...Harry Osbourne,if Norman is going to be Green Goblin.At least I hope so, because there is no way they could pull off Neck Cage being old enough to be his pappy.

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Harrison Ford?

    by pedant

    I hardly think that the opportunity to play a comic book character would be regarded by Ford as a "chance to stretch". A chance to phone it in, maybe... Which is what he's been doing for the last ten years, so maybe it's not such a crazy idea after all. Or maybe you mean stretch out of his "type"... in which case I can't argue. I just don't think it would be a "stretch" in the sense of it being a difficult or challenging role.

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Ted Raimi will be great

    by Smilin'Jack Ruby

    This guy's hilarious in that weird Mark McClure kind of way (I mean that in the nicest way). That already tells me that there will at least be some scenes in the movie that I'll really like.

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Not to "pooh-pooh" this scoop, but...

    by narf

    ...isn't Ted pretty much in ALL of Sam's films in one way or another?

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Ted Raimi: the luckiest man in show business

    by Lance Rock

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 9:13 a.m. CST

    I Just Hope He Doesn't Play A Made Up For the Movie Character...

    by Buzz Maverik Robert Wuhl did in BATMAN. Otherwise, I like T. Raimi well enough.

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Really!? What a surprise

    by Mentalist

    Ted is almost always in Sam's movies in at least a cameo role. Personally I think it's kind of cool. Maybe Ted will be playing Eddie Brock...

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by Jotham

    I can see him now with an arm of his lab coat folded and pinned.

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 11:11 a.m. CST

    How about Ted as JJJ?

    by Herbert Kornfeld

    Give him grey hairs, a beard and a cheap cigar, and we're there!

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Ted Raimi

    by Helldiver

    Ted as Harry Osborne

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Ted Raimi as......

    by AbuSamra

    Uncle Ben....shoot that sucker early and get him out of the film as soon as possible. Either that, or cast him as Mary Jane. That should make things interesting.

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 1:25 p.m. CST

    In a Ditko Mood?

    by bswise

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Ted Raimi As. . .

    by Cowblaster

    Peter's quarky science teacher at the begining of the movie. No, he's absolutley WRONG for Doc Ock. Despite the fact that Octavius is smart, wears glasses, and is a bit tubby, he's not some silly nerd. He's more of the egotistical super-genius type. And, if Bruce Campbell gets a role in this movie, it won't be as J. Jonah Jameson. He's way too young to play him! Jameson's, like, 50 or 60 years old.

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Sam's brother's in this? Ok, fine, all we need now is this movie

    by axelfoley

    Ted Raimi should and will likely have just a bit part in Spider-Man. But I agree with the poster who said that Bruce Campbell could likely have a chance of getting in on a cameo, and I have to agree- it's very likely and that would be good. But I don't want organic shooters though I do like that compromise the David Koepp toyed with about mechanical devices controlling the aim of the webbing. Now that would work. Alright, I have to go to work now......

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Doc Ock

    by jonpaul13

    I think he would make a fine Doc Ock, plus the fact that if Sam returns for sequals, he will too. As for the other players, I've wanted Cage for the Green Goblin for as long as they have been talking about doing this movie. He just looks the part to me. As for Mary Jane, how about Heather Graham? She could pull off the presence that MJ is suppose to have. And for Bruce Campbell, JJJ would be a good part. The most important thing is to get good actors who can keep the tone of the movie in mind when playing the part. As a good example, go watch the Phantom again. What made it work so well was the fact that they took it seriously, but had fun with it at the same time. That's Spider-Man. Seriously fun!!!

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Yes! I am invincible!

    by Joxer da Mighty

    It's no surprise that Ted's in Spidy, he's in almost every Sam Raimi project. The news here is that Joxer's back! Maybe I WILL continue to watch Xena! ;)

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 3:03 p.m. CST

    What On Earth Makes Anyone Think Bruce Campbell Would Make A J.

    by Cowblaster

    Jameson's an old guy! He's gruff, mean, nasty, a real hard-ass, and has a slight sense of humor (when it suits him). If anybody wants Campbell to be in this movie, please ask for him to play a more sensable part. . . one that suits himself, and the character he portrays, very well. R. Lee Ermey is THE perfect J. Jonah Jameson! To quote Spidey himself "I think that, beneath the 'Old Goat' bit, J. Jonah Jameson's a really nice guy. . . and beneath that. . . he's an old goat."

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Green Goblin and Doc Ock

    by Blue Devil

    Everyone's been talking about Mark Hamill for Green Goblin (can you really imagine Mark Hamill walking around as Norman Osborne? Come on). Now there's word that Nic Cage will play Green Goblin (ditto). My pick for Norman Osborne/Green Goblin would be James Woods. Remember, you're not just casting the Green Goblin, you're casting Norman Osborne. James Woods would be perfect: he's got Norman's intensity, he's got the age, and he would make a ferocious Goblin. Now Doc Ock is a little bit harder. I get the feeling Raimi's not going for the traditional slant on Ock (he did cast Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, didn't he?), I would though. My choice would be Armin Mueller Stahl(?). Remember that guy who played Geoffrey Rush's dad in Shine? Put him in some padding and he would be great. Granted he may be a little too old, but why not (if Ian McKellen can play Magneto, I think he could pull off Ock)? He would be perfect for the fumbling old Doc who gets screwed and then goes out for revenge. He's also got the accent down.

  • Aug. 9, 2000, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Video Man? HELL YEAH...

    by Andy Travis

    Yes, I can see it now...Video Man and Frog Man are the villains...Spidey has to team up with the White Rabbit to stop them! Throw in Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur and you've got the highest-grossing movie of all time!!

  • Aug. 10, 2000, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Ted Rami ad Harry Osbourne...

    by Dragonstar

    Damn straight, nothing personal against Rami, but he always seems to play skinny, whiny, slef-deluded guys who cant get laid. That's Harry pre-goblin in a pinch. And I could definitely see James Woods as Norman. Now if we could just have that acid-dropping scene...

  • Aug. 10, 2000, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Duh! Ted Raimi in SpiderMan! Oooo Big Scoop!

    by DDFMatt

    You call yourselves film geeks? You have to be kidding! This has to be bullshit! Ted Raimi has appeared in almost every film Sam has shot, from ED 2 right on up to For Love of The Game. Nepatism. Give me a break. A scoop. Oooh big scoop. It would be a bigger surprise if you told me he wasn't going to be in the movie.

  • Aug. 10, 2000, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Maybe Ted can play the Robert Wuhl-type character...

    by Paco J

    ...and then we'll know the movie is REALLY going to suck.

  • Aug. 10, 2000, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by HolidayXxXx

    Why don't they just film 90 minutes of Sam Raimi masturbating to a poster of Toby Maguire in his "CK 1 pose". It'd be just as good as the outright CRAP they're gonna film. Not even X-Men can make me feel confident in this movie. If anything, it may give people a false sense of security. Theres just way too much bad shit about this movie to make it be good. If it is, i'll fuckin suck Sam Raimi's cock while being humped in the ass by his brother ted.

  • Aug. 10, 2000, 1:48 a.m. CST


    by tommymcneill

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    by tommymcneill

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    by tommymcneill

  • Aug. 10, 2000, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Why In The World Should Mary Jane Watson Be In This Movie?

    by Cowblaster

    There were so many more women in Peter Parker's life before she came along. Like, Betty Brant, or Felicia Harding, or, gee, I dunno. . . GWEN STACEY! If they go straight to MJ, aren't we gonna miss-out on Peter's previous, and often failed relationships? Aren't we?! Oh, well, I guess it's only a movie. BTW, Mary Jane, Gwen Stacey, Flash Thompson, and Harry Osborne are supposed to be near the age Tobey's gonna portray in this flick (around 17 or 18), so no more make-believe castings of 30-somethings as his peers, please? Thanks.

  • Aug. 10, 2000, 5:16 a.m. CST

    My fave Ted Raimi cameo...

    by Peyton Westlake

    ...was in Hard Target (which S. Raimi exec-produced). In one scene, this homeless Vietnam vet is being hunted down the streets of New Orleans. At one point, he runs up to some passerbys for help. One of them happens to be T. Raimi (wearing a pretty snazzy "I'm gonna get me some" suit) who's walking along with some chick. Homeless Vietnam vet runs up to Teddy-boy and begs for help. T-man shrugs him off and continues to walk with his date. Mr. Nam Vet then pulls at Raimi Bros' back and asks for help again, at which this point T. Raimi screams back in response: "Hey man! I AIN'T GOT NO CHANGE, MAN!" It's the most friggin' hilarious moment in the entire picture (except for every other Van Damme moment, which is just as funny). Hey, maybe Ted Raimi could reprise that role in Spider-Man. Wishful thinking, anyway...

  • Aug. 10, 2000, 7:36 a.m. CST

    He's Joxer the mighty...

    by Indy2

    "He's very tidy. He roams through the country-side. He never needs to hide. With Gabby as his sidekick, fighting with her little stick. He's Joxer, Joxer the mighty!!!" Go Joxer go!

  • Aug. 10, 2000, 12:27 p.m. CST


    by 714212835

    Yeah cuz doesn't Ted have the starring role in all of Sam's movies and makes $20 mill every time he appears? [snort] Come on. He gets little more than a background actor role in each of Sam's movies (and sometimes not even that); geez, get over it. It's nepotism at its weakest. The fact that he's related to Sam Raimi The Big Director probably hurts him more than helps him since it prompts these cries of nepotism at a drop of a pin.

  • Aug. 10, 2000, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by Smugbug

    Oh my god! I just thought of this! I think Alan Rickman (c'mon remember him as the villain in Die Hard?!)would be just nasty cool as either Green Goblin or Doc Ock?! I've always liked him, he was the only shining reason to see that horrible mess by Kevey Costner, Robin Hood. Good actors for villains: Ian Holm, the guy who played the Elephant Man and the first dude who gets it in Alien (god, I'm having a brain fart...). What? Think they're too old? Well, I think Nic Cage is being overused...............oh, some others for good villians: Gary Sinese, Kevin Spacey, the guy who played Pollux in Face/Off (like him!)...oh, I could go on...

  • Aug. 11, 2000, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Brain Fart

    by King Ink

    John Hurt. John Hurt. And yes, he is just about the best bad guy you could ever get. Look at him in Stephen Frears 'The Hit', or even as the Marquis of Montrose in the otherwise-crappy 'Rob Roy'. Pure evil. But no, I don't see him in Spiderman. Anywhere.

  • Aug. 12, 2000, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Spiderman? why bother?

    by Skywalker,Anakin

    I was semi-excited about this movie, even though I am not much of a comic book fan (and if I was, I wouldn't be a Spiderman fan) but now that I hear that Sam Raimi is directing and that Tobey McGuire is Spidey, well, that doesn't sound right. Tobey shouldn't be casted as --- come to think of it, anything. he should be relegated to American Pie sequels starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles (who I heard was roumored for Mary Jane) instead of working with the liked of Michael Caine and company. But then again, this is Hollywood, in here, even Katie Holmes is considered an actress so...what the hell! I lost my point. Anyway, Im not very hyped about this flick. sounds like a pathetic teen movie disguised as a pathetic superhero film.

  • Jan. 23, 2001, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Ted Raimi cast in Spiderman

    by grannine

    I'm looking forward to this flick! I'm a fan of both Ted Raimi & Bruce Cambell, so I hope this will be a fun night out at the pictures. Cheers All!