J.K. Simmons Explains a Creative Conflict Over His Spider-Man: Far From Home Cameo
Last year, Spider-Man: Far From Home pulled off a genuine surprise by recruiting J.K. Simmons to reprise his role as J. Jonah Jameson from Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man trilogy. One of the ways that the shock was preserved was that Sony and Marvel Studios didn’t approach him until late in production. During a new interview with Collider, Simmons indicated that there was one aspect of his character that led to some creative conflict behind-the-scenes.
“The only thing we didn’t a hundred percent see eye to eye on, I think, was how much is this character going to be the character from, I think, the comic books and from the Sam Raimi original trilogy, and how much do we want to evolve it and to have it be more contemporary or more… you know. I was very attached to what I had done previously for a variety of reasons.”
“So I guess the compromise ended up being no hair. [laughter],” continued Simmons. “Which I think honestly, that decision might’ve just been them going, ‘We don’t have time to make a wig. We got to shoot him tomorrow in the office.’ So, J. Jonah Jameson either lost his hair in the last few years, or he was wearing a hairpiece the whole time. I don’t know, you pick.”
Earlier this summer, Simmons appeared on The Jess Cagle Show and confirmed that he’s already filmed his next J. Jonah Jameson scene.
“Well yeah, [I’ll be back as Jameson] that’s the short answer,” said Simmons. “There is a future for J. Jonah Jameson after a several-year hiatus. He showed up very briefly for those who were wise enough to stay through the credits of Far from Home… There is one more JJJ appearance in the can, and from what I’m hearing there’s a plan for yet another. So hopefully JJJ will continue now and forever.”
The next Spider-Man MCU movie is scheduled for December 17, 2021.
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