January 20, 2017

Andrew Garfield opens up about chance to play “Spider-Man”


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Andrew Garfield is supposed to be talking about “Never Let Me Go.” But it would be difficult – if not impossible – to sit down across from the young star and not ask him questions about his leading role in the soon-to-be-blockbuster “Spider-Man” reboot, directed by Marc Webb.

That’s what happened when the Hollywood Reporter corned Garfield in Telluride, where his latest drama recently screened. Asked about his preparation to play Marvel’s mighty superhero, Garfield said:

“I have been waiting for this phone call for 24 years, for someone to call me up and say, ‘Hey, we want you to pretend to be a character that you’ve always wanted to be all your life, and we’re going to do it with cool cameras and cool effects and you’re going to feel like you’re swinging through New York City. Do you want to do that?’

‘Let me just consult with my seven-year old self and see what he thinks…’

So my seven-year-old self started screaming in my soul and saying, ‘This is what we’ve been waiting for.’

Like every young boy who feels stronger on the inside than they look on the outside, any skinny boy basically who wishes their muscles matched their sense of injustice, God, it’s just the stuff that dreams are made of, for sure. It’s a true fucking honor to be part of this symbol that I actually think is a very important symbol and it’s meant a great deal to me, and it continues to mean something to people. So yeah, I feel like I’ve been preparing for it for a while. Ever since Halloween when I was four years old and I wore my first Spider-Man costume.

You just have to love that enthusiasm, as well as the honesty. I pray the studio system doesn’t grind the energy out of Garfield, because he has some major credits on the horizon. Yes, he stars alongside Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go.” But he’ll also appear in David Fincher’s anticipated Facebook drama, “The Social Network,” before dinning Spider-Man’s mask for the 2012 summer thriller.

More on Garfield, “Never Let Me Go,” “The Social Network” and, of course, Webb’s “Spider-Man” as news develops.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • September 19, 2010 | Permalink |

    That’s great he loves the character and has a compatible personality. However, in the realm of seemingly small things, he’s too tall. Peter is a short, skinny little nerd. If this movie does indeed take place during his high school years, then Andrew is WAY too tall. Plus, yeah, he doesn’t look that young either. I don’t have anything against him acting wise for the part. He could voice Peter from here to eternity in animation and I’d have no problem if he was good. But you have to LOOK the part and, well, he just doesn’t.

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