JK Simmons discussed what it meant to reprise the role of J Jonah Jameson for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Of the many reasons why Far From Home was already a classic in the eyes of Spider-Man fans, probably the biggest was the return of JK Simmons as J Jonah Jameson, the editor-in-chief of The Daily Bugle. Simmons previously played Jameson in Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man trilogy but he was later brought back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe because of the cult-like status surrounding his portrayal of the character. Seeing Simmons return to the chaotic role in Far From Home was arguably the film’s biggest surprise, far larger than his bombshell reveal of Spider-Man being Peter Parker.
In an interview with Den of Geek to promote the upcoming The Tomorrow War, JK Simmons broke down what it was like to return to the character of J Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
“To have the opportunity to kind of do a reboot of the character, I was eager to hang on to the things I really loved about it and totally open to letting go of some of that, and realizing we are in a more updated version of that universe. Hopefully, we found the sweet spot there.”
JK Simmons’ version of J Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: Far From Home is more akin to a conspiracy theorist and podcaster rather than the traditional newsman the character is seen as. Simmons continued the conversation by discussing the changes between the Far From Home and Raimi versions of the character.
“Mostly just the hair, or the lack thereof. For a lot of characters, that evolution is a really important aspect. I like the lack of evolution of that character. There are ways that he’s evolved, but he’s the same blowhard and that’s what I enjoy doing.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Spider-Man: Far From Home:
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks is quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks. Spider-Man and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) join forces to fight the havoc unleashed across the continent but all is not as it seems.
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, Numan Acar, J.B. Smoove, Oli Hill, Remy Hii, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-Ray, and DVD, while No Way Home arrives in theaters on December 17, 2021. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it develops, and also subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content in the future!