John Leguizamo says he was “used as a pawn to close” Michael Keaton as Vulture in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

John Leguizamo opens up about feeling like a pawn when he was eventually passed over to play the villain in favor of Michael Keaton Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The Romeo + Juliet The actor recently revealed that he was in talks to play Vulture opposite Tom Holland in the Sony Pictures film. Leguizamo entered the conversation after Michael Keaton’s contract to star in the superhero film was suspended.

“I was supposed to be Vulture,” Leguizamo told ComicBook in an interview. “We discussed it and I was going to play him, and they said Michael Keaton wanted it back and they asked me if I would give it up. I said, ‘Well, OK I guess.’ They said, ‘No, we’ll work with you again, we’re going to…’ There it was.

Leguizamo said Sony later offered him “something small” that he ultimately turned down.

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After the news source picked up on Leguizamo’s claim, the Encanto voice actor followed up by saying that he felt like a “peacock” during the entire process.

“It’s true but I was used as a pawn to shut Keaton down but I should have said ‘no’ because we agreed on terms! And I had one leg to sue but I’m not the suit,” Leguizamo shared on Instagram.

Keaton starred in 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Starring Adrian Toomes, the villain known as Vulture. He reflected on the role of the antagonist of 2022 Morbius Post-credits scene that seemingly sets up an evil team-up.

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