Spider-Man 3's Topher Grace as Venom
Topher Grace will as we all know be playing Venom in the upcoming
Spider-man 3. He first got his big break on the sitcom "". Originally entitled, "Teenage Wasteland" of which the
producers of, just happened to be attending a play called, "A Funny
Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" when they discovered Topher
playing Pseudolus. They hired him for the show and the rest is
Topher Grace was born in 1978 in New York City as
Christopher Grace. He grew up in Connecticut near Kate Bosworth (Lois
Lane in "Superman Returns") and Chloe Sevigny ("Big Love") who
sometimes baby sat him.
Grace is given credit for creating a hit of "That
70's Show" with is portrayal of Eric Fordman. He is accredited for his
ability to bring a sort of sophistated laughter to the show without use of slapstick. Well
nobody is perfect. Personally, I prefer slapstick, but regardless he did
show his ability to act which led to a few pretty successful movie roles
and his eventual role as Eddie Brock Venom.
Topher Grace has been smart with his choice of
roles leading up to the role of Eddie Brock, deciding to stay away from
the typical forgettable teen movie. He's kept his personal life personal
staying away from tabloids. To my mind that really shows some
intelligence. I think if I were a movie star I'd go on vacations in some
forests and wear a disguise.
With success in Hollywood movies, Topher
eventually left "That 70's Show" before it reached it's final season. It
was kind of reminiscent of when Richie Cunningham left Happy Days. Very
sad, but you can't blame an actor for moving forward with their careers.
Tobey Maguire has been quoted as saying in
reference to Topher's roles in Spider-man 3," The way it was written and
the way Grace portrayed the character was just great because it's a lot
of fun and there is definitely a rivalry and it gets scary and dangerous
at some point, and I think the the dynamics of that relationship was
really interesting and fun".
What's Topher's view of his work? Well he told
Cinema Confidential, "I do think that I'm really honest about knowing
that I'm really green. I'm really new to this. I really want to just
work with the best people in the world, and I've been able to do that.
Every time I feel like I come out with so much more, I'm more obsessive
about who I work with than what I work on."
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Venom Character Facts
Venom originated from the Secret
Wars. During this mega 1980's comic book event in the Marvel Universe,
Spider-Man and the most of the Marvel Universe were taken to another
planet by the Beyonder to battle the Marvel Comics villains.
During these wars, Spider-Man found a
symbiote which became Spider-Man's new black costume. Not only did it
have to ability to transform into street clothes but also came equipped
with it's own webbing which meant no more changing web cartridges for
Soon Spider-Man realized that the
symbiote was trying to form permanent bonds to him and so he had to
separate himself from the symbiote for good.
Enter Eddie Brock, reporter,
who had already harbored a grudge against Spider-Man for ruining his
prize story. The symbiote became attracted to Brock because of their
shared hatred for Spider-Man. Brock in his identity of Venom used the
symbiote to attack and aide Spider-Man becoming a vigilante of sorts.
Brock sold the symbiote to Don
Fortunato after he discovered he had cancer.
Angelo Fortunato, the Don's son, became the second Venom for a brief
period of time. However, Angelo proved to be a weak host for the
Symbiote, being humiliated in a battle with Spider-Man. The Symbiote
abandoned Angelo mid-leap, and the subsequent fall killed him.
Macdonald "Mac" Gargan was a former
private investigator hired by J. Jonah Jameson to, at first, discover
the connection between Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Later, he was used
as a test subject for a process that would endow him with the useful
characteristics of a scorpion. The process enabled him to fight
Spider-Man, as Jameson desired, but left him criminally insane. Lashing
out at Jameson and others, the Scorpion would fight many characters, but
ultimately be considered a low level villain. This changed when Gargan
has traded his Scorpion costume for the symbiote.