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Chris Cooper is set to play scientist-turned-villain Norman Osborn in the upcoming "Amazing Spider-Man 2," but Willem Dafoe, who originated the role in director Sam Raimi's adaptations, is none too pleased that Spidey's story is being rehashed at all.

In an interview with Total Film, Dafoe made it clear that he thought the Andrew Garfield-starring series was unnecessary, especially coming so soon after the first franchise ended in 2007.

"I saw a trailer for the first 'Spider-Man' reboot and I thought, 'This is crazy! It's not shot for shot, but it's the same story,'" Dafoe said. "I thought, 'This is sort of a cynical approach to making money!'"

Dafoe added that the original series, starring Tobey Maguire, captured a "genuine innocence" from its lead.

"The way Sam Raimi approached it, it was pure in its intentions," Dafoe told the site.

Unsurprisingly, Dafoe doesn't plan on seeing "The Amazing Spider-Man" or its upcoming sequel -- "The older I get, I don't have the time to do everything that I want to do," he demurred -- but that doesn't mean he's upset that his Green Goblin role has been taken over by someone else. The actor was diplomatic when asked about Cooper portraying the iconic villain.

"You know, in the theatre, people play the same role all the time," Dafoe said.

[via Total Film]