You weren’t the only one who was surprised to see J.K. Simmons reprise his role as “Daily Bugle” editor in chief J. Jonah Jameson in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
“I think we all sort of found out when we first watched it,” Jacob Batalon, who plays Ned Leeds in “Far From Home,” told Insider while discussing the movie for its release on Blu-ray.
Simmons shows up in one of the movie’s two end-credits scenes which shows him reveal Spider-Man’s secret identity as Peter Parker. He first played Jameson in the original “Spider-Man” trilogy with Tobey Maguire.
“[I was] really, really pleasantly surprised,” Batalon said of learning Simmons was at the end of “Far From Home.”
“I remember reading it in the script, and, I feel at that point we didn’t know it was going to be J.K. coming back for that,” Batalon said.
Before they even knew Simmons would be appearing in the film as the head of the “Daily Bugle,” Batalon said he and some of the cast chatted about how it would be cool for the actor to be in the film.
“We were just saying how interesting and how awesome, how much of a fan service it would be to have [Jameson] be J.K. Simmons again,” said Batalon. “So, to have to have him on screen and then be with the crowd and hear the reaction was very satisfying. And meeting J.K. Simmons, him as a person, he’s so cool.”
Batalon said he knew about Simmons’ involvement by the time he went to the “Far From Home” premiere in June 2019.
“Tom [Holland] had seen the film once,” said Batalon. “I saw it with him the second time before it came out… and then we saw it all again with the crowd at the premiere. Just knowing that the surprise was there was really fun.”
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday.