Andrew Garfield Talks SPIDER-MAN and THE SOCIAL NETWORK

     September 6, 2010

With Andrew Garfield (the new Peter Parker) doing press for Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go at this weekend’s Telluride Film Festival, I knew we’d finally get a few quotes on getting cast in Spider-Man and The Social Network.  Of course with production on director Marc Webb’s reboot not scheduled to begin until later this year, Garfield can only say so much.  But with Spider-Man news always important to many of you….here’s the choice quote after THR’s Jay A. Fernandez asked, “Have you been prepping for Spider-Man?”

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.

Hit the jump for more on The Social Network and Spider-Man:

Andrew-Garfield-Spider-Man-announcement-sonyGarfield is about to start heavily promoting The Social Network and Never Let Me Go.  This is only the beginning of quotes from the soon to be recognizable actor.  Here’s some more of the quotes I found interesting.  Read more at THR.

Given director David Fincher’s exacting reputation, what was your experience of working on “The Social Network?”

It was just the greatest, really. The amount of trust that you feel for him, that you can place all of your trust in him if you’re a fan of his work. Which I am, I’m a fan of all of his movies so I love his taste and I love the performances that he gets from people, that he edits from people. So going into it like that, you go, “I can let go.” You can let go in a scene, and you don’t have to worry about doing what you want to do because you know that whatever he’s got in mind is going to be better than what you want to do. He does do a lot of takes.

The lore is that he often gets up in the 70s.

Oh, yeah. Every time. But it’s the best, the most freeing filming experience I’ve had, and the most enjoyable filming experience I’ve ever had just because of the sheer freedom. And you leave everything there. You do the scene every single different way you could have ever done the scene. He just wants you to fuck up so that you become more alive in the moment. And we’re working on the Red cameras, it was digital, so he’ll just delete things if it doesn’t work.

What does that feel like?

Oh, it’s wonderful. It’s liberating! If you surrender to it and trust him, which I do implicitly, it’s just so liberating because you can fuck up and fuck up. He just likes to squeeze everything out. His theory is if we’re all here and we’re all being paid to be here, why aren’t we just doing everything we can to squeeze every little drip of juice that we can. Yeah, it’s boring sometimes and it’s painful, but then what’s the point otherwise? I’m a total advocate of that. For young actors especially who are hungry to explore the craft of acting, and working with Aaron Sorkin’s words, and then having Fincher steering you and guiding the ship, we all kind of wanted to savor every moment.

Andrew-Garfield-Spider-Man-announcement-sonyHave you been prepping for Spider-Man?

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.

Have you gotten any advice about how to balance it?

I’ve witnessed other friends go through it, so I’m aware of the pitfalls, for sure. So I already feel as prepared as I can be, and also no advice can really prepare you for something so visceral.

Is there any other prep work you’ll need to do? Will you need to change your physicality or do training?

I’m sure there will be a bunch of that, yeah. Flexibility is my main focus right now. Making sure that I can be as flexible as possible. It’s all kind of starting up so I haven’t really got much to say about it.

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