Sorry to interrupt what you’re doing, but we thought you should know no one likes to be interrupted. It’s hardly breaking news that anyone, from a journalist to a kid talking to her favourite toy, likes to be barged in on and—what’s that? A writer at Collider got his interview high-jacked when Stan Lee butted in during an interview with Marc Webb? Well, we might have to change our opinions on the rules of polite conversation.
During a press junket for the release of The Amazing Spider-Man on Blu-ray/DVD, Collider’s Steve Weintraub experienced every film writer’s worst fear: his interview with a major director, in this case Marc Webb, was rudely cut-short. It turns out, however, the interloper was none other than Spidey’s co-creator, Stan Lee. Mid-sentence Webb looks off screen with amusement and confusion to exclaim: “Stan! Stan The Man! What are you doing?” Forcing his way on screen, Lee goes on to praise Webb’s treatment of his comic creation, saying: “I just want to say this man is my hero, the job he did on the Spider-Man re-boot is a masterpiece[...]And I’m very critical!”
Taking advantage of the situation, Weintraub quickly jumped in to ask Lee about any upcoming cameos. Complaining that his last bit-part wasn’t large enough, Lee offered up some ideas for bigger parts, if only to upgrade his screen presence to a “key scene.” Eventually coaxed out of the room by presumably a rather befuddled PR rep—“I’m enjoying talking to the man! But, you’re prettier than he is,” Lee conceded before leaving—the video is a bit like watching your loveable grandpa go off on a tangent during a family dinner. You know, if your grandpa happened to be a living legend of the comic book world.