The first pictures of Amazing Spider-Man villain The Lizard have been released.
Rhys Ifans plays the scientist-turned-reptile in the upcoming Mavel Comics blockbuster, appearing as both Dr Curt Connors and the Lizard creature.
In the film, Connors is a well-meaning scientist who accidentally turns himself into a monster while attempting to harness a lizard’s ability to regenerate it limbs.
Director Marc Webb revealed that it was “very, very difficult” to create a realistic look for the villain, who first appeared in an Amazing Spider-Man comic in November 1963.
Ifans, who has said that he does not consider the Lizard to be a “true villain”, revealed in an interview that he refused a body double during the shooting of the film.
He said: “The Lizard is 9 feet tall. There was one day that I went on set and they had a double, a big big guy, playing me, as the Lizard. I looked at it and I went ‘No.’ Following that Marc let me know all the physicality, all the physicality you’ll see in the Lizard is my own.”
The Welsh actor also revealed that he will look more normal in the the majority of his scenes.
“The majority of the time I’m me, I’m a human, not a Lizard. That’s hard enough. I did have the CGi suit for certain scenes,” he said.
The Amazing Spider-Man will be released in UK cinemas on Wednesday 4 July. See the film’s latest trailer below: