EDITORIAL: Spider-Man Casting. Could They Have Picked an Even Better One?
Did Mark Webb make a mistake by casting a 27 year old Spider-Man for the reboot? Could this 16 year old have been the perfect hidden gem for the role?
Back in July it was Annouced that Andrew Garfield was our new Spider-Man. Although many fans have now warmed up to the casting decision, it was initially met with mixed reactions. The main reason for some of the negative reactions was Garfield's age. This up and coming British actor is 27, hardly a high-school student like the character Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, is suppose to be. Garfield has undoubtedly proven his acting abilities by his performances in The Social Network and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Still, fans were a little on the edge, due to his age, and were wondering whether or not he had all the right qualities for a good Spider-Man.
My question is: could the studio have picked a younger, even more unknown, actor with some qualities closer to the Peter Parker character? My opinion, if they looked a little closer, yes. Enter sixteen year old Callan McAuliffe.
Born January 24, 1995 in Sydney, Australia, Callan McAuliffe starred in the 2010 film Flipped, and more recently, in the 2011 film I Am Number Four. Despite it's dismal reception, I personally quite enjoyed I Am Number Four, and felt McAuliffe was definitely one of the highlights of the film.
McAuliffe's resemblance to Peter Parker is truly uncanny. Looking at his performance in Number 4, he has all the qualities for a young Parker. He has great comedic timing, and wonderful wit. And I feel he could pull off the more serious aspects of the character as well. I felt his time in the film was used well, but I still wanted to see more. He has a very Peter Parker feel to him, and we'd get to see plenty of that in a Spider-Man film with him in the lead. He seems like, for someone so young, he would be extremely dedicated to a part such as this, and would work toward the physical demands of the role as well. He would definitely take the role seriously, and would give us a Parker to be truly proud of.
Don't get me wrong, Andrew Garfield is a wonderful actor, and will do the character justice, but McAuliffe just has many more of the qualities that I feel perfect for the role. He is exactly what the character is to me, and he certainly would be convincing as a young, new-to-the-business Spider-Man. At sixteen, he is the appropriate age for a still in high-school Peter, something I feel is very important. He is young and able to mature with the character, as opposed to him outgrowing it.
But, the die has been cast, and Garfield is Peter Parker. But I will still always think about Callan McAuliffe, and how we could have had a perfect Spider-Man. But, I suppose a good Spider-Man will have to do.
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