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JK Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in “Spider-Man”.Colombia Pictures

  • JK Simmons returns as J. Jonah Jameson in “Spider-Man: No Way Home”.

  • When asked to reprise his role, he was told they wanted Jameson to be different.

  • “It was a negotiation then,” Simmons told Josh Horowitz on the “Happy, Sad, Confused” podcast.

JK Simmons is reprising his role as the editor of The Daily Bugle J. Jonah Jameson in December’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” but it won’t look like Jameson fans remember Tobey Maguire’s Spidey trilogy.

The distinguished flat-top haircut is gone. Instead, Jameson, now the host of TheDailyBugle.net, is bald.

When JK Simmons reprized his role as fan favorite Spider-Man, he was told they didn’t want J. Jonah Jameson to have his iconic haircut and mustache.  The actor negotiated for the ‘stache’.

JJ Jameson made his debut for the first time with his new look in “Spider-Man: Far From Home” in 2019.Sony Pictures

It’s a look the actor initially questioned when asked to reprise the secret cameo role at the end of “Spider-Man: Far From Home” before joining “No Way Home”.

“Honestly, I kind of wish he still had the same hair,” Simmons said in a new interview with Josh Horowitz on the “Happy, Sad, Confused” podcast.

Simmons said returning for “Far From Home” seemed like a last-minute addition. By the time he met “all the Sony bigwigs” and agreed to his return, he was told they were filming his “day after tomorrow” scene.

There were just a few other details.

“No, we don’t want your hair cut flat and I was like, ‘Wait, wait, wait. What? “” Simmons said when he learned they wanted Jameson to look different when he took over the character.

“Yeah, we don’t want the cigar and the mustache,” he told Simmons, a little bewildered as these are staple elements of the newspaper publisher’s comic book character. “So, it was a negotiation at the time.”

Simmons didn’t win on the hair, but, as you can see in “Far From Home” and the “No Way Home” trailers, he has the “stache.”

When JK Simmons reprized his role as fan favorite Spider-Man, he was told they didn’t want J. Jonah Jameson to have his iconic haircut and mustache.  The actor negotiated for the ‘stache’.

What J. Jonah Jameson looks like in “Spider-Man: Far From Home”.Colombia Pictures

“Obviously the most important thing is he’s still the same breath and he has the same goddamn mustache, next to it, and at least the cigar,” Simmons said.

The actor told Collider in 2020 that he was “very attached” to what he had previously done with Jameson in the Tobey Maguire Spidey trilogy, but because they needed to film his cameo quickly, they didn’t have not had time to make him a wig. Losing hair was part of the compromise.

Do the subtle changes mean we see a totally different version of Jameson in “No Way Home”?

Yes.

“I think it’s a slightly different version,” Simmons said of the Jameson we’ll see on screen. “Certainly, from the creators of this iteration of the story, he’s a very different character. To me, he’s a slightly different character. It’s the same breath… the same guy with less hair.”

When JK Simmons reprized his role as fan favorite Spider-Man, he was told they didn’t want J. Jonah Jameson to have his iconic haircut and mustache.  The actor negotiated for the ‘stache’.

JK Simmons is seen as J. Jonah Jameson in a new trailer for “Spider-Man: No Way Home”.Marvel Studios / Sony Picutres

This makes sense because “No Way Home” looks at the introduction of the multiverse.

Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx and Willem Dafoe join Simmons to reprise their characters from Sony’s other “Spider-Man” movies to collide with Tom Holland’s version of Peter Parker in the new film.

In the movie, released next month, Peter tries to get Doctor Strange to cast a spell so everyone can forget he’s Spider-Man. Unfortunately, the spell turns sour, and somehow characters from previous Spider-Man films enter Peter’s world.

When JK Simmons reprized his role as fan favorite Spider-Man, he was told they didn’t want J. Jonah Jameson to have his iconic haircut and mustache.  The actor negotiated for the ‘stache’.

Doctor Strange tries to cast a spell in “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, but Peter Parker gets involved.Matt Kennedy / Marvel, Columbia Pictures

Simmons likely plays a multiverse version of Jameson in “No Way Home” which exists in Tom Holland’s Spidey universe, but is slightly different from his Tobey Maguire character. You can rest assured that the top-of-the-line Jameson probably still exists in Sony’s SpiderVerse. Maybe we can even see it.

Simmons teased that he didn’t expect to see too much of Jameson in the sequel, however.

“As befits this character, he’s just a little kind of comedic relief that’s sprinkled lightly throughout the movie,” Simmons said of his character.

For now, you can get your fix of JJ Jameson on a new Tik Tok channel for The Daily Bugle, which launched this week.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” hits theaters on December 17th.

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