Following on from Tobey Maguire's lovable but largely forgettable stint as Peter Parker, everything was put in place for Andrew Garfield to take the character by storm. 2012 rebooted the franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man. Whilst he managed to stay on for a sequel in 2014, it appeared like a case of right man, just wrong time.
With Garfield's subsequent success via two 2016 dramas, Hacksaw Ridge and Silence, the 33-year old now has the experience and confidence to talk honestly and openly about his time as the webbed-hero. It is fair to glean from his comments that there is an element of regret on his part. Especially since he wasn't allowed to grow into the role.
Feeling Lost In The System
Whilst it wasn't all horrible playing a beloved superhero, production for both films opened his eyes and pushed him to grow up perhaps a bit quicker than expected.
“There were great things about it. I got to work with incredible actors, a really great director," started the American-Englishman. "I learned a lot about what feels good and what doesn’t feel good. And what to say ‘yes’ to. There’s something about being that young in that kind of machinery which I think is really dangerous... I was still young enough to struggle with the value system, I suppose, of corporate America really. It’s a corporate enterprise mostly.”
Toddler Dreams Broken For Passionate Actor
Coming to learn that the studio and process behind Spider-Man was not so "Amazing" after all, he detailed how his personal history with the story ended up shattering. Leaving the actor feeling jaded by it all.
“There’s something that happened with that experience for me where story and character were actually not top of the priority list, ultimately," Garfield admitted. "And I found that really, really tricky. I signed up to serve the story and to serve this incredible character that I’ve been dressing as since I was three, and then it gets compromised and it breaks my heart. I got heartbroken a little bit, to a certain degree. Not entirely.”
Fortunately Garfield and Marvel have gone from strength to strength despite the uncomfortable ending.