J.K. Simmons reveals the one demand he made in order to return to ‘Spider-Man’ universe

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Some things just shouldn't change.

During an interview for the podcast “Happy, Sad, Confused,” J.K. Simmons talked about returning to the "Spider-Man" franchise for the upcoming "Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

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Simmons portrayed the loud Daily Bugle editor, J. Jonah Jameson, in the original film trilogy starring Tobey Maguire. His bushy mustache was nearly as loud as his constant put downs of Peter Parker.

So the actor was understandably surprised when talks of ditching the iconic 'stache came up.

At first, it started with the character's haircut as he was told: "'No, we don't want you to have the flat-top haircut."

Per Entertainment Tonight, he remembered thinking: "Wait, wait, wait. What?'" However, the request wasn't as radical in retrospect as Jameson, the host of TheDailyBugle.net, is now bald.

But when talk of losing the mustache began to circulate, the actor noted putting his foot down.

"Obviously,” Simmons insisted, “the most important thing is that he's still the same blowhard and he does have the same damn mustache, close to it, and cigar at least."

He got his wish, though as far as the character himself, beyond the barbering details, J. Jonah Jameson has changed more than just his hairline.

"Certainly, from the creators of this iteration of the story, it's a very different character," Simmons explained. "To me, it's a slightly different character. It's the same blowhard... the same guy, with less hair."

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” swings into theaters on December 17.

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