James Franco auditioned for 'Spider-Mans' Peter Parker first Before landing the part of Harry Osborn in the 2002 blockbuster Spider-Man, Franco went through extensive auditions for the part of Peter Parker. I found out I didn't get it and I was disappointed, Franco confessed to the Paly Voice, the paper of his alma mater, Palo Alto High School. But then Sam Raimi, the director, called me, and we got along so well, and he asked me [if I wanted] the role of Harry. No one else auditioned for the role.
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