The American movie-maker took his wife GILLIAN's casting advice for the role of bad guy DOCTOR OCTAVIUS, after his spouse saw Molina in OSCAR-nominated film Frida.
Raimi says, "My wife said, 'You've got to look at this guy, he's in Frida.' It was a brilliant movie and he was outrageously good in it.
"When I met him, I expected him to have a Spanish accent. I was completely bowled over when I found out that he was a Brit. So it was very weird."
Raimi's assumptions were justified - Molina's father is Spanish and his mother is Italian.24/06/2004 00:06