January 23, 2007 - At the TCA (Television Critics Association) Press Tour this past weekend, actor Dylan Baker was on hand to promote his new FOX series Drive. Coincidentally, Baker will be reprising his role as scientist Dr. Curt Connors (who was previously introduced as Peter Parker's college professor) in Spider-Man 3 this May. In the comics, Connors is the alter-ego of Spidey villain The Lizard, and since Baker's introduction in Spider-Man 2, fans have wondered if and when we might see The Lizard on screen.
After the press conference with the cast of Drive, we spoke one-on-one with Baker. The actor gave us some info on Spider-Man 3, along with some intriguing tidbits on the possibility of seeing The Lizard in a future Spider-Man film.
IGN: You've got Spider-Man 3 coming up. Can you tell us how much you're in the movie and what part your character plays?
Dylan Baker: Well, I would say I'm still the guy that Peter Parker has to come to when he has questions -- scientific questions. And I try to help him out. And there's definitely a lot going on in this film, so he needs a lot of info. So we'll see. My wife is also in it; Becky Ann Baker plays the wife of James Cromwell, who's the police captain. And she plays the mother of Bryce Dallas Howard [Gwen Stacy], who is also in the film.
IGN: Obviously your character in the comics goes through a big change
Baker: And we're hoping it's not too far down the line! I'll be trying to get on the Lizard costume when I'm 80. I just spent time with Alfred Molina [who played Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2], and we were both joking about that. But it's like these great characters, that are there in the comic books. And it's like, just open that door up I'm ready to go!
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