Rhys Ifans will next be seen in Anonymous, hitting theaters October 28, but the actor will make a big splash as Dr. Curt Connors in The Amazing Spider-Man, which debuts July 3, 2012. Rhys Ifans recently spoke about his work in both movies, contrasting his small role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 to his much larger villain role in The Amazing Spider-Man.

Here's what he had to say below, where he also compared the styles of Anonymous director Roland Emmerich, and The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb.

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"I dipped my toe into Harry Potter, but I put my whole body into Spider-Man It was a thrill to work with Marc Webb. He's like Roland Emmerich. He's doing blockbusters, but he has an 'indie' heart, an indie character-oriented sensibility. That was a very telling thing on the set. We knew it would be action-packed and epic and all that. But Marc made sure that the human dynamic was paramount, and that's going to elevate the film possibly to a place that the other [Spider-Man] films got to."

The actor also talked about Anonymous, and how director Roland Emmerich fully realized London in this period setting.

"Often period films have budgets that keep us from seeing London in full. There are several helicopter-like shots which Roland, the master of CGI, made sure our film has. It liberates the film to see that. I really got a sense of London, a very old city that becomes a character in the film, as it was in Elizabethan times. Roland does paint with a big brush. But what separates him from blockbuster film contemporaries is his attention to the emotional dynamics between characters. It's forensic. Very detailed. In his films, the strand you see running across these huge canvases, through these huge universes he creates is that they're populated by very real human relationships. That's the ace in his deck of cards."