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The Green Goblin: How it Should Have Looked

I am a huge Spider-man fan and was really excited in 2002 when I heard they were making a Spider-man film.  Sam Raimi was directing and it was going to star Tobey Maguire and feature the Green Goblin.  Awesome!

The Green Goblin is a really cool villain.  He looks like a goblin, flies around on this cool glider, throws pumpkin bombs, and knows Spider-man’s true identity.  I couldn’t wait to see how this would be portrayed in a film.

Wait…what?

It is just done completely wrong.  That is not how the Green Goblin should look.  That isn’t how anything should look.

I guess I can understand that this was supposed to be a mecha-suit armor version of the Green Goblin, but it just doesn’t look good.  The suit looks stiff and the face is stuck in this awkward open-mouth snarl.  We can even see Willem Dafeo’s face through the eyes and mesh-mouth.

It just look ridiculous.

It turns out that Sam Raimi rejected what would have been a great looking Green Goblin.  This article from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts shows the prototype rejected by Sam Raimi.

That looks amazing!  That is almost exactly what I pictured the Green Goblin to look like in a movie.

That seriously looks incredible.  The mask’s facial features move realistically and can really be used to convey some great emotion.

More emotion.

Less emotion.

I guess Sam Raimi said that he didn’t think the audience would believe a mask would be that animated when slipped onto someone’s head.  Bad choice.

RIP Paul Walker

On Saturday, November 30th, Paul Walker was killed in a car accident.  He was 40 years old.

He was the passenger in a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by his friend and business partner, Roger Rodas.

Maybe the last picture of him ever.

Rodas crashed the car into a utility pole, the car ripped in half, caught on fire, and exploded.  Figure-8 tire marks were found on the road and it is clear that the car was going at a very high rate of speed when it crashed.

TMZ was the first to report with this article.  There is a video of the car still on fire and a heart-wrenching interview with an employee that was trying to help before the firefighters got there.

My god, what a disaster.

Paul Walker was best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious franchise.  The first Fast and Furious film, The Fast and the Furious, came out in 2001.  I used to watch that movie all the time over my friend’s house.  I was sixteen years old.  No wonder I thought Vin Diesel was bad-ass and Paul Walker was the coolest.  I was the perfect age when that film came out.  I wanted to be race fast cars, get the hot women, and be Vin Diesel’s friend.  More importantly, I wanted to be Paul Walker.

Do you remember the film She’s All That?  I watched that all the time when I was younger.  I think it was on TV a lot.  I still say “It’s going to be a long afternoon of Sega…”

    

I just watched Joy Ride.  Paul Walker, Steve Zahn, and Leelee Sobieski get chased and terrorized by a big rig truck.  It is as funny/awful as it sounds and I completely recommend seeing it.

It is written by J.J. Abrams

Paul Walker was also great in 1998’s Pleasantville and in the very under-rated film The Skulls.

    

I even remember him as Phil Deedle.  I never watched the movie but I sure remember seeing this VHS cover in the rental store when I was a kid.

Classic.

Paul Walker was cool, a good actor, and still a very young man.  My condolences to his family, friends, and fans.