2010 was definitely Andrew Garfield’s year, with great performances in The Social Network and Never Let Me Go as well as being cast as our web-slinging hero, Spider-Man. But being the lead in Marc Webb’s (500 Days of Summer) highly anticipated Spider-Man reboot can be unnerving, or so says Garfield in a recent interview:
“The overriding theme of the comic is: With great power comes great responsibility. And yes, I feel a huge sense of pressure and responsibility.”
Of course, the actor has been expressing his enthusiasm over the role since shooting began, even going so far as to admit that he felt “incredibly lucky” to have landed the role in the first place. For more on how Garfield has been preparing for a turn as Spider-Man since his childhood, hit the jump.
Every little kid grows up wanting to be a superhero. For Garfield, though, it became a reality. With that in mind, when asked by Hero Complex if he had ever worn a Spider-Man costume before, he said:
“On Halloween. Bedtimes. Tuesdays. When I was auditioning, my parents sent me a photo of me as a kid in the Spider-Man costume. I gave it to my agent, and my agent slipped it to the studio as they were making their decision. What skinny kid wouldn’t love that character?
In discussing exactly what the role means to him, Garfield explained:
I can’t overstate enough when you start to actually identify what’s happened and you go, ‘Yeah, I did dream of being Spider-Man when I was a kid.’ I’m trying not to lose my mind about it. But it’s not superficial to me. It’s not frothy or frivolous.”
In spite of the responsibility Garfield says comes with the web-slinging territory, after seeing what a fantastic year 2010 was for the actor, there seems to be little doubt that he will rise above the pressure. In addition to Garfield, the Spider-Man reboot also stars Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Sally Field, and Martin Sheen. The film hits 3D theaters on July 3, 2012.
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