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Willem Dafoe says it’s “silly” to use de-aging technology on him

De-aging technology was used on Willem Dafoe for the latest MCU Spider-Man movie, but the actor thinks he looks good enough without it.

Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn in Spider-Man

Remember when Willem Dafoe popped up in the MCU for an excellent cameo in the Spider-Man movie No Way Home? The actor does, and he’s been reflecting on the way de-aging technology was used to bring his Spider-Man villain Norman Osborn back to life.

The Marvel movie saw a whole host of nemeses resurface to take on the trio of Spider-Man actors, including Dafoe’s Green Goblin. Dafoe reprised his Spidey role from the trilogy of 2000s movies for a special appearance as the Marvel villain, and it was a real blast from the past.

So much so, in fact, that de-aging technology was used on the actor to bridge the time gap between the original movies and the new movie. Speaking to WIRED, Dafoe explained why he thought this was a silly decision.

The actor answered Google’s top questions, including one that suggested he was de-aged for the MCU movie, to which he replied: “No, I don’t think so. Yeah, there was a couple of shots that were really fuzzy. I thought that was silly.”

“The de-aging thing they don’t have down yet. And what’s the point? I don’t look that much older! I don’t think, anyway. It’s the creams,” he added, before laughing maniacally. You can see the full interview below.

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Dafoe is right, he still looks fantastic 20 years later and any use of de-aging technology is very unnecessary for him. We’d love to know what creams he uses, actually.

The actor has a new film on the way later this year as he joins up with Wes Anderson once more for the comedy movie Asteroid City. If you wish Dafoe had taken on the role of a Joker actor, though, you might be keen to explore our list of the best Batman villains. Or, simply look ahead to the Spider-Man 4 release date for more wall-crawling action.