Andrew Garfield On How He Got The Role Of Spider-Man!

The actor briefly talks about how he ended up landing the role of the iconic comic book character and once again discusses why Spider-Man is so important to him...

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By Josh Wilding - 9/26/2010
In an interview with British newspaper, The Telegraph, the 27-year-old actor once again talks about growing up with the character and how that will influence his performance (if it sounds like we've heard all that before, it's probably because he's been asked the same questions so many times!) but on a more interesting note, he also reveals the events that led up to him nabbing the role of Peter Parker!

"I think Mark Webb and the production team had seen a movie I had done and also an audition I had done for another film and I was told they were considering me," he told them when quizzed about how exactly he ended up being a contender along with the likes of Logan Lerman and Zac Efron.

"I kind of thought they were crazy but at the same time I was like: 'No, maybe they’re not crazy.' It was a wonderful duality. Then I got the call and it was a dream come true."

We all know about Garfield's mum making getting him a Spider-Man costume when he was a kid, but this time he went on to talk about how his father influenced his love of the character: "My dad explained what it meant and explained what Spider-Man stood for, and how he was just a teenager and skinny and small and goes through the same problems as all teenagers but he is stronger inside than he looks on the outside."

"That became really important to me and it’s something I’ve dealt with my whole life. Spider-Man has all the elements I can relate to."


And despite the fact that the actor is able to relate to the emotional side of the wall crawler, it seems that he's even more excited about being able to bring his childhood fantasies to life, "They showed me the cartoon and the sheer sight of someone swinging through New York City was breathtaking and my fantasy really began from there."

The currently untitled Spider-Man reboot will swing into theaters in 3D on July 3, 2012!




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Source: The Telegraph
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bleedthefreak - 9/26/2010, 1:01 PM
I think he will own this role
Dynamo - 9/26/2010, 1:02 PM
"the cartoon"? Perhaps the rumours of pulling influence from Spectacular Spider-Man are true. After all that is the only cartoon that Sony produced.
Ryden - 9/26/2010, 1:05 PM
I really think he's going to totally own this role. He really is the perfect PP.
The4thWall - 9/26/2010, 1:08 PM
Awesome!

Dynamo - 9/26/2010, 1:14 PM
@Ajax
...what?
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/26/2010, 1:14 PM
Nice!:)

Billy Crudup as Dr. Conners
Teresa Palmer as Gwen
Emma Stone as MJ
JGL as Harry
And
Bryan Cranston as Norman Osborn
DCMarvelFreshman - 9/26/2010, 1:25 PM
Great find Josh!
GreenieGobbie - 9/26/2010, 1:27 PM
@Dynamo
I think he meant his parents showed him the TV show when he was younger. Maybe like the 1990's Spidey TV series.

@JoshW
Nice find!
CaptainQuirk - 9/26/2010, 1:29 PM
One of my current favourite actors!
JoshWilding - 9/26/2010, 1:32 PM
Thanks guys! :P Andrew Garfield is going to be a great Spider-Man...I'm just worried that Marc Webb wont be a great director - nothing I've heard from him makes me think so at this point anyway. That pilot he recently did (Lone Star) did recieve some great reviews though!
jazzman - 9/26/2010, 1:36 PM
@Ajax

Andrew Garfield is Jewish he confirmed it in a old interview

http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Film-Review/lions-for-lambs-andrew-garfield-interview


mawilli4 - 9/26/2010, 1:40 PM
i think he's going to do the role justice. it's not like Fox is making it or anything.
Jeri - 9/26/2010, 1:42 PM
@ Ajax "still think they should have picked Zac Efron though - he looks more like Peter Parker than Garfield"

LOL!

No.

Also, Garfield is 1000x the actor Efron is.

Efron as Peter Parker would have been such an unbelievable oxymoron as well... No, just, No.
Jeri - 9/26/2010, 1:46 PM
@ Ajax

In real life, if you really picture Peter Parker looking like a pretty boy. Your way off guy.

Where the heck are you from? "My friends said he got the role through Jewish connections." Are your friends retarded? lol Christ sakes
Jeri - 9/26/2010, 1:49 PM
Already am son!
Hawksblueyes - 9/26/2010, 1:49 PM
Great stuff Josh! ;}

I think this movie is going to surprise a bunch of people.
Dynamo - 9/26/2010, 1:49 PM
@Green Gobie
On rereading the article im gonna agree with u.
jazzman - 9/26/2010, 1:52 PM
@Ajax

i cant say its cause his Jewish he could of got the role cause his a good actor if u seen some of his movies. or even maybe cause Hollywood knowns British actors are the best lol ;-)

yeah Zac Efron is also Jewish but no way he should play Peter Parker. if your friend got issue about it then i guess he dont like Stan Lee cause his Jewish also.

Jeri - 9/26/2010, 2:00 PM
@ Ajax

LOL Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight, whatever you want to believe man.

And yeah again, Peter Parkers looks are hardly relevant, hes not supposed to be great looking, or super ugly, hes somewhere in between, Garfield is that, making him relatable as is the point of Spiderman.

The answer to your question is in the late 50s a lot of Jewish people moved to the area for good business. DIABOLICAL!
fanboiii - 9/26/2010, 2:02 PM
Andrew Garfield isn't the problem. It's the back to highschool garbage.
Jeri - 9/26/2010, 2:08 PM
@ Ajax

Good job you got the joke.

Apparently stating a fact is censorship.

lol MY GOD! DIABOLICAL!
jazzman - 9/26/2010, 2:08 PM
@Ajax

yeah both Jake Gyllenhall and Logan lerman are Jewish also.

@Intruder

i just dont know it just started as a simple interesting interview next min it went from

Ajax - "My friend keeps saying it was Garfield's Jewish connections but I told him Garfield is not Jewish" lol

its all good i dont think his been Anti-Semitism
soms - 9/26/2010, 2:09 PM
Garfield is Jewish but he was apparently Marc Webb's top choice, not the studio's... and Marc Webb isn't Jewish.

And yes, Lerman, Gordon-Levitt, and Yelchin are all Jewish, but they were the fans' top choices for the role. So "blame" the fans for wanting so many Jewish actors to play Spider-Man.
Jeri - 9/26/2010, 2:10 PM
The movie could turn up a lot of different ways -- watch.
Jeri - 9/26/2010, 2:11 PM
OH MY GOD! ALMOST 8 ACTORS THAT ARE JEWISH!

HMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

My psychological distress directed toward racism is tingling!

THOUGHT POLICE GO!
Jeri - 9/26/2010, 2:13 PM
THOUGHT POLICE! ROLL OUT! THE BRONX IS ARE MAIN POINT OF INFLUENCE!
soms - 9/26/2010, 2:14 PM
Speaking of "Jewish influence" - take a look at Garfield's career. Almost every one of his movies has been directed and/or produced by non-Jews. There was Lions for Lambs (Garfield was hand-picked by non-Jewish director/producer Robert Redford), Boy A (directed by Irishman John Crowley, produced by a woman named "Hosford"), and the Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (produced/directed by Terry Gilliam - again, not Jewish).

Logan Lerman rose to fame with Percy Jackson - directed by Chris Columbus - who, again, isn't Jewish. Gordon-Levitt really got big after being cast by Marc Webb for 500 Days of Summer.

So maybe these non-Jewish directors/producers were casting based on talent, not ethnicity?
jazzman - 9/26/2010, 2:14 PM
@Ajax

i thought he still is LOL
Curmudgeon - 9/26/2010, 2:14 PM
... this comment section offends me on SOOOO many levels.
Jeri - 9/26/2010, 2:15 PM
Good job soms, now then, are works is DONE!

THOUGHT POLICE ROLL OUT!

(Super duper sarcasm alert)
soms - 9/26/2010, 2:16 PM
Speaking of "Jewish influence" - take a look at Garfield's career. Almost every one of his movies has been directed and/or produced by non-Jews. There was Lions for Lambs (Garfield was hand-picked by non-Jewish director/producer Robert Redford), Boy A (directed by Irishman John Crowley, produced by a woman named "Hosford"), and the Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (produced/directed by Terry Gilliam - again, not Jewish).

Logan Lerman rose to fame with Percy Jackson - directed by Chris Columbus - who, again, isn't Jewish. Gordon-Levitt really got big after being cast by Marc Webb for 500 Days of Summer.

So maybe these non-Jewish directors/producers were casting based on talent, not ethnicity?
Jeri - 9/26/2010, 2:17 PM
You idiot I AM Latin! LOL!
Jeri - 9/26/2010, 2:24 PM
Denzel Washington

Sam Jackson

Will Smith

Morgan Freeman

Benicio Del Toro

Gael García Bernal

Danny Trejo

Antonio Bandares'

Man I could go on forever! Directors, producers, actors, yeah no ethnicity in Hollywood at all! Nope influence at all!

Go back to your bubble safe zone.

And yeah, Jewish people are white, last time I checked white people playing white characters, not so diabolical.

Mr. Censorship OUT! (Big honkin'sarcasm alert)

jazzman - 9/26/2010, 2:24 PM
@soms

heres a major shocker Joseph Gordon-Levitt worked with Spike Lee for the movie Miracle at St. Anna

@Ajax

u got the person wrong im not Latino im Black. Jarren Hunter is Latino. i agree with u that Hollywood like to stereotype latino women and even asian women on film.
Jeri - 9/26/2010, 2:26 PM
I don't see how you thinking I'm lying is relevant at all Mr. Bubble. Looks pretty tight in there.

And yes, I'm ACTUALLY Spanish.
Jeri - 9/26/2010, 2:28 PM
Yeah Sam Jackson, marvel using the black Nick Fury. THOSE JEWISH FIENDS! THEY ONLY USED THE BLACK ONE TO TRICK US ALL INTO THINKING THEY AREN'T IN...

TOTAL CONTROL OF HOLLYWOOD! DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!

DIABOLICAL!
jazzman - 9/26/2010, 2:29 PM
@Ajax

whats ur background then

@Intruder

i know man all i wanted is news about Spider-Man and it went downhill from there lol
soms - 9/26/2010, 2:31 PM
Speaking of Spike Lee, stereotypes, and who makes them... Spike Lee used to be criticized a lot for putting Jewish stereotypes in his films (Mo' Better Blues).

And as for no Jewish stereotypes in media - are you kidding? Turn on cable once in a while and see if you can find a non-stereotypical Jewish character. Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Bored to Death, etc. have nothing but stereotypical Jewish characters on them (I know many of these shows are made by Jews, but you get the point).

I guess Hunter Parrish is supposed to be half-Jewish on Weeds, but it's almost never mentioned. That's the closest thing to a non-stereotype.
patriautism - 9/26/2010, 2:32 PM
I'm Jewish, and I can pretty much say with honesty that things don't just get handed to you when you're Jewish.
There are no such things as "Jewish connections"..
JoshWilding - 9/26/2010, 2:32 PM
What the [frick] does it matter if Andrew Garfield is Jewish!? As far as I'm concerned it makes no difference if he's Catholic, Christian or an Athiest! There are plenty of amazing actors out there of every race and religion, and I highly doubt that any of them got to where they are with some mysterious "connections". Get real Ajax.

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