During a new interview in support of his new film Truth, Spider-Man 3 villain Topher Grace challenged detractors of the film to put themselves in the director's position and run a gargantuan production with a huge budget and huge expectations.
"I know the movie did well for Sony, but I also know a lot of people weren't happy with it," Grace told The Hollywood Reporter. "I think Sam [Raimi] is so talented. I remember one time I was on ninth unit. (Laughs.) Ninth unit? It's like he's running a small country. This summer, there was a movie like that where people are just slamming a big studio movie. I would love to see anyone who's slamming one of those movies try to fit in Sam Raimi's position. He was like the president of a small country — by the way, it had the gross national income of a small country, too. I have huge respect for him. I think, on a whole, he did such a fantastic job [on that trilogy]."
According to ComicBook.com contributors and fans, though, the film doesn't even crack the top 50 best comic book movies ever made:
The idea that a film making money is a valid justification for its existence is curious coming from Grace, who in 2012 screened a fan edit he made of the entire Star Wars prequel trilogy for friends and a small number of reporters in Hollywood. Titled Star Wars Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back, Grace trimmed the 700-minute runtime of the three films down to one 85-minute feature which, according to those in attendance, actually worked pretty well.
And excised Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace almost completely.