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Old 08-31-2015, 05:00 PM   #1
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Andrew Garfield Reflects On Spider-Man: “I Couldn’t Rescue Those Films”

Erstwhile Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield has wistfully reflected on his brief time in the role, indicating a deep level of dismay that things didn’t turn out as well as hoped.
While neither 2012′s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ nor its 2014 sequel were exactly box office flops, fans and critics tended to agree that they were deeply flawed, and failed to do anything significantly new and interesting with the character.

It would seem from Garfield’s comments that the fans and critics were hardly alone in their disappointment. The actor also gives a vivid indication of the sense of alienation that can come with taking on a character so much bigger than one actor.

Asked by Zaki’s Corner what he learned from being Spider-Man, Garfield replies, “Well, nothing, because I was never Spider-Man. Because Spider-Man’s a fictional character. He’s not real. [laughs]
“You know what’s funny, to give you the vulnerable answer, I thought I was going to be Spider-Man, you know? I went into it going…ego s**t came in. It’s like, “Okay, here it is. I’m f***ing Spider-Man. I f***ing made it.” All that s**t. [laughs] I didn’t actually make it. I was never Spider-Man.

“I was the actor that I am. The person that I am. Struggling with trying to match up with something that I’d elevated so high in my mind. Elevated beyond what I could attain, what I could achieve.
“The great thing is, that’s what Peter Parker was doing as well. Peter Parker created this symbol that he couldn’t live up to. It was never enough. He never felt enough, and I never felt enough. I never felt like I was able to do enough. And I couldn’t rescue those films…even though I didn’t sleep. [laughs]

And I wanted to…not to say that I needed to rescue those films, but I couldn’t make them as deep and soulful and…life-giving as I could ever dream. And I’m never gonna be able to do that, with any film. It was especially difficult in that situation because…well, just because. And it was especially important because that character has always meant so much to me.”

While ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ had been intended to set up further sequels and spin-off movie ‘Sinister Six,’ its muted response led to a major rethink from studio Sony, who ultimately opted to abandon the series, instead making a deal with Marvel to jointly reboot the character again.
Tom Holland will take over as the new Spider-Man in next year’s ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ before getting his own solo movie in summer 2017.

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Old 08-31-2015, 06:08 PM   #2
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There's also this new interview where he talks about the pressures he felt filming the TASM movies:

The pressure to get it right, to please everyone… it's not going to happen...You end up pleasing no one, or everyone just a little bit. Like, ‘Eh, that was good.’ [The films are] mass-marketed, like ‘We want 50-year-old white men to love it, gay teenagers to love it, bigot homophobes in Middle America to love it, 11-year-old girls to love it.’ That's canning Coke.

“So that aspect of it was a bummer," he continued. "Especially for the group of us trying to infuse it with soul, trying to make it unique, something that was worth the price of entry. It was about authenticity, flavor, and truth, but at the same time, I understand people want to make a lot of money, and they're going to spend a lot of money so the playpen can be as big as it was. I can't live that way; it sounds like a prison, to be honest, living within those expectations.”

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The guy sure did let loose on his thoughts about the whole process he went through. It's like everyday now.

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I still think he was the best. I would've loved to see his films continue.

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Old 08-16-2017, 02:31 PM   #5
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When I was doing my video on Spidey's 55th Anniversary recently (myself being a devoted follower of Andrew's impressive acting repertoire, for I started studying his work back during his Sugar Rush days; I also had a pleasure of actually meeting him a couple of times, something that I touched upon in my project), I really wanted to elaborate more on what made him a great, capable actor to work on that iconic role of Peter Parker and how the circumstances surrounding the troubled production of both films (not to mention Sony's execs and producers rushing the Sinister Six spinoff and potential ASM3) really hurt him as a good human being, hardcore Spidey fan and a professional, talented actor with big dreams and hopes: 1st segment + 2nd segment.

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If someone is interested, Andrew was celebrating his 34th Birthday yesterday and I made a new video about his post-Spidey achievements and how I was truly impressed recently by seeing him perform in one of the best theatrical plays of this year: Angels in America (written by Tony Kushner). I think that they will be showcasing it in some places here and there (via professional live recording tape) this August, so keep your eyes open, for this is a special kind of an experience that you truly have to participate and fully immerse yourself in it (the play is 8-hours long, minus certain intermissions, but it is really worth your time and attention).

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