When Jamie Foxx’s Electro was first unveiled in footage for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2, it became pretty clear that he had near god-like powers and had the capacity to lay waste to the city. However, Foxx wanted to make sure the audience understood that his character was not just a mindless monster and that he would be relatable.
Now, in a new interview with Digital Spy, he’s gone further in his talk about empathy for his character. Check out what he had to say:
“I think with all of the Spider-Man villains there is a certain empathy to them. The way we crafted Electro, when he’s Max you definitely feel for him because he’s been sort of shut out and no one really cares about him. And it’s his birthday and even his mom forgot his birthday, so you will feel that. So when he does turn into Electro it’s serious venom, he really wants to hurt everybody, and when he feels like Spider-Man betrays him he really wants to hurt him bad.”
The Amazing Spider-Man opens May 2, 2014, and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak and Sarah Gadon.