Andrew Garfield Talks About Playing Spider-Man

Sounds like he’s been playing Spider-Man since he was a kid, the only difference is now, they’re actually filming him

Andrew Garfield, the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the upcoming Marc Webb movie, has once again been proving his geek credentials for the role, revealing in an interview with The Associated Press that he’s been a fan since he was four.

“His youth, his relatability, his struggle,” he says is what has always inspired him about Spider-Man. “He was just this skinny boy. He was a skinny boy who felt stronger on the inside than he looked on the outside, and I related to it immediately, and it stayed with me as I grew up. Every single generation of the comic, the cartoons and the movies, it all means a great deal to me. It was always something that gave me hope as a skinny little kid whose sense of injustice about the world didn't match his sense of strength about his body. I found it so inspiring and uplifting and reassuring. To be a part of that mythology and that legacy is a true honour.”

He also reckons it’s the role that appeals, becoming an international star.

“We could be making a short film, a short Spider-Man film with an unknown director, with no money, and I’d do it just to be able to play as Spider-Man. That’s like a childhood fantasy come to life. It’s an adult fantasy, as well. I’m still climbing up the door frames in my house. It’s just a bigger space I’m going to be climbing in now, with a bit more money behind it, and the cameras filming it.”

He’s also about to begin his training regime for the film.

“We’re just talking about where we want to go with it and what kind of body shape it should be. What the skill set should be. I know I’m going to be doing a lot of flexibility training and a lot of strength training, because I have to swing and stuff. I’m just guessing, but it’s all kind of early stages.”

Meanwhile, his Never Let Me Go so-star Carey (best Doctor Who companion that never was) Mulligan, reckons, “I think it'll be like what Heath Ledger did with the Joker.” Good grief, we’re going to see Peter Parker as a cross-dressing nurse? Sadly, no… “Andrew,” she continues, “has no other way of working other than doing things with complete truth. I know that Andrew will play the truth of what it's like to be that man in that situation.”

Dave Golder
Freelance Writer

Dave is a TV and film journalist who specializes in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He's written books about film posters and post-apocalypses, alongside writing for SFX Magazine for many years.