Andrew Garfield Chats About His Preparation for Spider-Man
Ever since it was officially announced in July that actor Andrew Garfield would be playing Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Marc Webb's upcoming reboot of the superhero series, no one involved has spoken about the project yet (and I'm sure Sony is happy about that). Well, THR's Jay Fernandez just interviewed Garfield yesterday at the Telluride Film Festival (he's here for Never Let Me Go) and actually got a solid response out of him about his early preparation and thoughts on landing the role. There's not much info, but it is a good read for anyone excited to see this new take. I got to meet Garfield up here, too, and he's a very humble guy.
Here's his lengthy, but quite fun and fascinating response, to a question about how he's prepping for playing Peter Parker. Shooting isn't supposed to start until December, so he doesn't have too much to say just yet.
"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?' [laughs] '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."
Couldn't have asked for a more genuine response and I've got to say I'm a lot more excited to see him in this based on what he said. He's not worried about how huge the role is, either. In response to a question about wrapping his brain around the extreme exposure of being Spider-Man, he replied: "Not to give it credence, not to give it any of my energy. Just approach it like any other job that I care about deeply… I just want to be an actor, really. And of course all those things came into consideration when I was making the decision. But at the end of the day, I had faith that I would be able to not be defined by it. And I still have faith that I will be able to get lost in roles and just keep doing what I love to do." And I love his answers. Is it just me?
Without any details known about the story, the villains, even what the costume looks like, there's not much to add about this for now. But with production aiming to start later this year/early next year, we'll probably be hearing more soon. For the full interview, head over to THR's Risky Business. Lastly, as for what exactly he's focusing on doing right now, well, it's a key element of the superhero physique: "Flexibility is my main focus right now. Making sure that I can be as flexible as possible." Can't wait to see him playing Spider-Man.