Spider-Man: Far From Home not only showcased a lot of the fun relationships between Peter Parker’s classmates, but it also gave us some extra insight into some of the faculty who worked at his school. In Homecoming, we got glimpses of Mr. Harrington, played by Martin Starr, and in this film, Mr. Dell, played by J.B. Smoove was introduced.
The two teachers were in charge of the students on this European trip, and while they certainly tried their best, they weren’t always the most capable of hands, and that was partially because the pair seemed to be mildly at odds. Apparently, that wasn’t at all by accident.
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I recently had a chance to speak with J.B. Smoove during a Spider-Man: Far From Home press junket, and when I asked about the relationship between the two characters, he went OFF!
JB Smoove: Our relationship as Mr. Harris and Mr. Dell is frustrating because we came out here on this amazing trip to enjoy Europe but also to learn a little something about Europe.
These students are not just here to have fun and run around and try delicious European meals and culinary dishes here and there and not to hang out, we’re here to get something done on the level of experiencing Europe. But, my thing is this, I’m trying to make sure we get science involved with this.
This man, Mr. Harrington going to get my ass fired because, first of all, I came out here … he got tenure. He got something called tenure with his job. Mr. Dell hasn’t been at that damn school this long. For Mr. Dell, Mr. Dell would love to keep his damn job, basically.
My thing is this, thus the argument that we had with all this going on with the Elementals and all this stuff going with Mysterio, we got all this stuff going on, we are trying to embody teachers. I’m trying to ensure we get science in this damn trip so these students can learn something on this damn trip.
Mr. Dell is a very dedicated teacher. And I wasn’t going to be sidetracked by Mr. Harrington forgetting reservations, forgetting airlines tickets, forgetting all the things that keep these kids safe on this damn European trip. And Mr. Harrington, very irresponsible in his preparation for this damn trip and I damn-near broke character as Mr. Dell and I damn-near turned into JB Smoove because I was so mad at this damn man for not being prepared and forgetting things.
And he had that goddamn fanny pack around his goddamn waist. He kept forgetting things. What’s in that damn fanny pack. You know what I’m saying? That’s the first thing I ask when I see a fanny pack. What’s in that damn fanny pack? Huh? What’s in that damn fanny pack, man? I always ask people that. I always tell people to question the fanny pack, what’s in that damn fanny pack?
One time I snuck and opened his fanny pack, and guess what’s inside the fanny pack?
LRM Online: What’s that?
JB Smoove: Another goddamn fanny pack. Two fanny packs. Goddammit Mr. Harrington, you have two fanny packs.
LRM Online: There you go. Inside scoop everyone. Two fanny packs.
JB Smoove: Inside scoop, baby. There’s a fanny pack inside that damn fanny pack. What we did was … We made sure we created through everything that we established, was a relationship between these two guys and we got so mad at each other during the film. Anytime you see people call two professional people like teachers, end up calling each other by a real first name, that’s when we yell Julius at me, that’s when you know it’s dead-ass serious. We got a problem here on this damn trip. It helped a lot and we got a chance to really, really have fun with the characters.
So remember, the next time you watch Spider-Man: Far From Home, there’s a lot of deep-seated anger going on behind Mr. Dell’s eyes.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is out on Digital now and hits Blu-ray on October 1, 2019!
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