Martin Sheen Briefly Comments On THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Martin Sheen Briefly Comments On THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

The veteran actors reveals "how much" he actually had to do while filming The Amazing Spider-Man and marvels at the 3D technology used.


Speaking to primarily about returning to Ireland to film Stella Days,actor Martin Sheen discussed a number of topics including his experience filming The Amazing Spider-Man. Here's what Sheen had to say about Marc Webb's reboot and his Uncle Ben role.

QUESTION: How does it feel to be involved with The Amazing Spider-Man?

MARTIN SHEEN: "Oh, that! [laughs] It has really come down to, and not just me but for a lot of guys my age who have been around as long as I have, you either get offered small parts in big pictures or big parts in small pictures. I love playing the big parts in small pictures because it is about what we do for a living, but you get paid far more to play a small part in a big picture [laughs] so Spider-Man permitted me the luxury of doing Stella Days because it was such a big pay day. I loved it, it is very rare these days that I am on a set where there are so many people fussing over so many things. There are like, 200 people on the set and they are all very engaged. I had very little to do, but it was great working with Sally Fields, she is one of my favourite people in the whole world."

QUESTION: What was it like filming in 3D?
MARTIN SHEEN: "They had a camera... I have never seen the likes of this camera before; it looked like a big box, with a lot of electronic equipment attached to it. They would play the scenes back on the set and put on the glasses and they are looking at it in 3D right there!! It's amazing! I had never seen anything like it! They are all so skilled; there are so many skilled positions that were not there before. When I was in the business, if there was a crowd scene there were a lot of people there. Now it is projected on green screen and they replicate it. I am not used to that, but it is such a luxury to do those films, to be fussed over [laughs]."

Now the ultimate fate of Uncle Ben is no huge spoiler but in looking at Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man film, Uncle Ben and Aunt May were very important and had a significant amount of screen time. Marc Webb's reboot is trying to hammer home in it's marketing, that this is "The Untold Story" so does that mean we'll quickly move to Uncle Ben's death in The Amazing Spider-Man? Sheen could possibly be signifying such a progression with his statement that "he had very little to do."

Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: July 3, 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Emma Stone, Sally Field and Martin Sheen.
Directed by: Marc Webb
Written by: James Vanderbilt (initial screenplay),Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves (revised draft)

Click here to read a rundown of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN spoilers for 2011.

The Amazing Spider-Man is an upcoming American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the comic book of the same name and starring Andrew Garfield as the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. It is the fourth Columbia Pictures film that portrays Spider-Man in film and is a reboot of the film series that stars the superhero. The cast includes Garfield as Peter Parker and his alter ego, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors. The film will portray Parker as his super powers are evolving in high school.

The film's development began simultaneously with Sony announcing the cancellation of Spider-Man 4. Opting for a reboot with the same production team rather than another sequel, the studio announced a July 2012 release date for what was now titled The Amazing Spider-Man. James Vanderbilt was hired to write the script while Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves helped fine-tune the script. Filming started in December 2010 in Los Angeles before moving to New York City with the help of RED Epic camera. The film entered post-production in April 2011.

Sony Entertainment has focused its marketing campaign with a promotional website with released images, 2 theatrical trailers, a prologue screening in certain cities and a video game tie-in being developed by Beenox among other products. The Amazing Spider-Man is scheduled to be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on July 3, 2012. A sequel of the film is being planned for release in 2014 with James Vanderbilt hired to again write the screenplay.

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blvdnoise - 3/6/2012, 8:09 AM
God bless those silly ass Sheens..
blvdnoise - 3/6/2012, 8:12 AM
He'll die in the first 38 minutes of the film..
Sanderman - 3/6/2012, 8:34 AM
I'll be getting ready for him as I hear him talk in mass effect 3
HavocPrime - 3/6/2012, 8:47 AM
Shame this isn't in the Marvel Movieverse as Richard and Mary could still have there shield agent backstory.
Dedpool - 3/6/2012, 9:07 AM
@Superbatlantern85- Meh' you'd be surprised how young some 50+ women can look. Aunt May is his AUNT though, not his grandmother. And the original comics made everyone look older to begin with. Peter in HS looked like a college student. So making his Aunt may and Uncle Ben look like Grandma and Grandpa made sense then. In Ultimate Spiderman May has grey hair, but other than that is very young in her pseronality and such. I think they're going closer to that route.

@HavocPrime- Indeed but I think having Oscorp as this scientific think tank with the Parkers working their works well too, and can help to tie in villains origins much like "The big man" theme in "Spectacular Spiderman"
HavocPrime - 3/6/2012, 9:22 AM
Maybe Uncle Ben likes em'young
GUNSMITH - 3/6/2012, 9:54 AM
GUNSMITH - 3/6/2012, 9:58 AM

NeoBaggins - 3/6/2012, 10:00 AM
So, he's here for the paycheck but enjoyed doing Spawn. Gotchya.

Now, bring on the next 80s A-lister interview with Dennis, unitard, Leary. Maybe the cast of Police Academy cameos.
Talontd - 3/6/2012, 2:46 PM
I dunno about you guys, but i would still knock the bottom out of SALLY FIELD!!! o_O

NeoBaggins - 3/6/2012, 4:50 PM
^^If time hasn't knocked it out already.
ULTIMOSPIDER - 3/6/2012, 6:55 PM
Neo? 80's A Lister huh? Last time I checked Rescue Me seemed like a pretty successful show.....guess the use of 70's A-lister Michael Caine in the Nolan Batfranchise **cough, cough DC's life support ** crams a pickle in your pee hole too, huh?
Mego - 3/7/2012, 9:35 AM

We had the perfect Aunt May and Uncle Ben, the perfect Peter Parker and MJ. The Perfect J. Jonah Jameson. And a director who was perfect to direct Spidey. The only problem was the Corporate guys at Sony saw a cash cow and couldnt stay out of the process. They forced Venom into Spidey 3 and forced other bad decisions into the movies. Every change they wanted was bad. While Raimi was on location and about to start shooting Spider-Man 4, Avatar 3-D was breaking box office records, so the corporate wastes of life fools have a knee-jerk reaction and want it in 3-D. So now we got a pug nosed guy who doesnt look or sound like Spider-Man, a Basketball Spidey Suit, a Lizard who looks like hes from a late 80's Roger Corman movie. And some colorful CGI scenes of Spidey swinging in the 1st ever 100% corporate Spider-Man movie. The last time we had a super hero movie made to satisfy the interests of the Big Boys was Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. Though Marvel Studios projects are heading in that direction also. Remember how they hurt Iron Man 2 by forcing it into an Avengers commercial.
NeoBaggins - 3/7/2012, 10:49 AM
@ULTIMOSPIDER U mad? Talking about cramming stuff in my pee hole in defense of Dennis Leary? lol Do you know him? Is he your Dad? Would he give two shits about you and come to your defense as violently if someone put you down? Get the [frick] out of here with that lame shit.

And I'll tell you this about Michael Caine; you won't catch me threatening to do stuff to peoples dicks for insulting him.
webheaded - 3/7/2012, 1:36 PM
Small part? Dude, you're Uncle Ben!

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