Martin Sheen and Sally Field are likely to be cast as Uncle Ben and Aunt May in Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man” reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While this likely means Field won’t end up, to fans’ chagrin, Ma Kent or Ellen Lane in the next “Superman” film (and to original Lois Noel Neill’s disappointment, she won’t be the new Lois Lane either), it does mean this would be — I’m pretty sure — her first comic book movie. Sheen, on the other hand was in at least one major superhero movie, one that most of us would rather forget. But there it was popping back into my brain when I heard the news. So I might as well ruin everyone’s day with shared recall.
This little reminder of Martin Sheen’s phoned-in performance as evil Jason Wynn in “Spawn” isn’t meant to reflect my expectations for the “Spider-Man” reboot. For one thing, even if he’s terrible as old Ben Parker, he’ll probably only be in the first few minutes. Not to spoil anything, but he gets killed (If you don’t know that, you probably wouldn’t see a Spidey movie anyway). For another thing, I do very much love Sheen as an actor, both good and bad. And when he’s bad he’s so bad that it’s like a brilliant performance by a great actor pretending to be the worst actor who ever lived. Just see for yourself in the first part of the clip I’ve embedded after the jump.
Makes you almost wish Sheen was playing the villain in the “Spider-Man” movie, too, right?
“You don’t quit us, son. We are not the U.S. Postal Service.”
I wonder if he thought that was going to end up a “memorable quote” on IMDb. And if so whether he thought it would be for ironic reason.