Tobey Maguire Interviews Andrew Garfield About THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Tobey Maguire Interviews Andrew Garfield About THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

If there is any actor in the world that can sympathize with Andrew Garfield's current situation it is fellow thespian and past wall crawler, Tobey Maguire. Check out this interview conducted by the former Spider-Man.


VMan has just posted this fascinating article that features Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Tobey Maguire and Mar Webb's Spider-Man Andrew Garfield chatting about the pressure of playing a superhero.

Tobey Maguire had plenty of nice things to say about his replacement. He tells Andrew about his first reactions to finding out who the new Spider-Man would be.

TOBEY MAGUIRE: I do know about it! actually, when it was coming together, I was particularly excited at two moments: one was when [director] Marc Webb got involved. I think he's an interesting and cool choice. and then I was certainly curious as to who was going to play Peter Parker. When I heard it was you, I was literally like, Fucking perfect! I just want it to be great, and I thought, What a great actor andrew is, i'm glad that's what's happening here.

AG: That's so nice of you.

Tobey then wanted to discuss the grueling auditioning process that Andrew went through just to get the part.

AG: It was pretty basic, apart from it being more dragged out and pressure-filled and dra- matic than any other audition process I've ever been through. They like to put you through the ringer, in the respect that it creates drama and tension among a generation of actors.

TM: [Laughs]

AG: And they succeed every time, it seems. But, no, it was great. I'm friends with a few of the guys who were up for it, and I actually had dinner with Jamie [Bell] the night of my screen test and his screen test. We compared notes and war stories, and we kind of got past the ridiculousness of it all and thought it would be a nice idea to get everyone together and kind of interview each other about how messed up the process is, being against each other, and remember that we're all in it together, knowing that when you take off that bodysuit someone else is going to be stepping into your sweat immediately after. It's a weird kind of cattle call. But Marc [Webb] was great. He was very open and encouraging. You have the monitoring area with literally about 30 people judging you, looking at your face and whispering to each other—it's one of the most disconcerting and kind of humiliating things to go through, if you're aware of it, you know what I mean?

Andrew seems particularly worried about how his life will change once the film is released. He tells Tobey Maguire that the stress of The Amazing Spider-Man's opening is weighing on quite heavily, even more so than a Broadway performance.

AG: The main thing I'm thinking about and worrying about is what happens after this movie comes out. What was your experience when you became Spider-Man in people's eyes? I'm interested to hear what you have to say about the whole life change that it brings. Because right now I have a host of fears that I'm contending with on a minute-to-minute basis. I'm not in the reality of it yet, so I'm sure I'm imagining it will be much worse than it is. I admire you so much because you're an actor and that's all you've ever been and all you ever will be. It must be very hard to hold on to the simple fact of wanting to be an actor, to tell stories and not have your image become bigger than your art. Do you have a recollection of a definite change, or was it a seamless thing?

TM: I think our thing was a little bit different because movies hadn't been doing the sort of opening-weekend business that's fairly common—even expected—today. The first Harry Potter came out about six months before us and it was this phenom- enon from Day one. it was so wild because it was a new thing at that moment—and i'm not saying that hasn't happened in movie history, but at the time that was a big jump. and then that happened with us. People didn't anticipate [2002's Spider- Man] to be like that. Leading up to it you start to get reactions and people tell you, you know, what the tracking is and what range your opening weekend box office is likely to be. but for me it was kind of unexpected. So much shifted in my life the weekend the movie came out. it was shocking.

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Denis Leary, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field, the films swings into theaters July 3, 2012 in 3D!

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ComicsCommando - 5/8/2012, 7:30 PM
I felt awkward for the two of them reading this interview.
CloserPleasures - 5/8/2012, 7:34 PM
this is intresting . and also i think andrew is a gonna do a really good job
HULK2099 - 5/8/2012, 7:39 PM
Tobey should cameo in it and give him like a strong message
Spidey91 - 5/8/2012, 7:39 PM
that awakard moment when you realize you're interviewing the guy who now has a paycheck that used to be yours :P
ComicsCommando - 5/8/2012, 7:43 PM
LOL exactly.
Mrcool210 - 5/8/2012, 8:22 PM
i guess this is tobeys way of passing the torch, this shows he isnt butthurt. Kudos Tobey
CyclopsWasRight - 5/8/2012, 8:30 PM
^ What he said.
MJPETTY7 - 5/8/2012, 8:35 PM
For the record, Tobey was the reason Spider-Man 4 wasn't made... It's his fault that Andrew is the new Spidey in The Amazing Spider-Man. Glad Marvel re-booted Spidey though. Spider-Man 3 was a disaster, and I didn't want 4 to be terrible... This was the way to go.

Also, it's good that they both respect each other and are supportive of each other being Spider-Man. It makes me feel a lot better about the whole thing.
elcaballerooscuro92 - 5/8/2012, 8:43 PM
i love to see a video of this interview
Destroyer7 - 5/8/2012, 8:51 PM
I hope the new spidey does'nt beat the spiey trilogy......
Destroyer7 - 5/8/2012, 8:51 PM
I hope the new spidey does'nt beat the record of the spidey trilogy......
thewolfx - 5/8/2012, 9:07 PM

actually misinformed boy , spiderman 4 wasnt made because sony execs didnt like raimis idea of vulture and vulteress as villains

raimi wouldnt change so they cut the whole thing lose.


leave the meth alone

sm1 classic

sm2 still one of the best superhero movies ever

95 - 5/8/2012, 9:09 PM
I liked Tobey as Spider-Man. He had his bad moments, though.




Yeah, it felt awkward reading this.

CoolantTech - 5/8/2012, 9:13 PM
Its the Clone saga
Tmachaveli - 5/8/2012, 9:21 PM
Tobey was kool for that mad respect goes to him
MetropolisMarvel - 5/8/2012, 9:24 PM
Tobey will take the mantle back and become Spider-Man again in Amazing Spider-Man 3, when Andrew is revealed to be the clone, the Scarlet Spider.
MetropolisMarvel - 5/8/2012, 9:27 PM
And then it will be rebooted again. Starring Will Smith's son Jaden (aka The Karate Kid) as Miles Morales.

The Ultimate Spider-Man Trilogy.

June 2020.
thewolfx - 5/8/2012, 9:30 PM
i agree with superguy cept the hate spiderman part ...

but sm1 and 2 came out when i was in highschool it holds a special place in my heart

this reboot is gonna have a hard time with me
SLK - 5/8/2012, 9:35 PM
Tobey will always remain The True Spider-man. Period.
ClarkFarley2012 - 5/8/2012, 9:38 PM
I think Tobey did a good job as Spidey. Remeber that Spiderman 1 and 2 put the faith in CBMs to be made. It was Tobeys time then, and I don't blame him for Spiderman 3. Now let's see what AG can bring to the table.
acidbath - 5/8/2012, 10:07 PM
@Just1superguy will you quit whining about your vagina hurting. Toby was an emo homo and andrew is hardly a step up. If youve never read a spider-man comic your opinion means jack shit. You just compounded your idiocy by calling a scene from superman returns the greatest in cbm history. You cried from a scene in spiderman and called it poignant. Sam raimi only ever did one thing right and that was the evil dead series. You need to man up.
shadearts - 5/8/2012, 10:13 PM
I personally believe the Amazing Spiderman is going to be this years Incredible Hulk or Batman Begins in that even though this movie is better than the last movie of the hero it wont make the money because of the character movie before it (batman and robin, the hulk)and the audience wont go watch it at the movies until after it hits dvd
TexasAvenger - 5/8/2012, 10:25 PM
LOL a die hard Superman fan calling Spider-Man cheesy and lame. That really is funny.
DoomXfactor - 5/8/2012, 10:39 PM
I hated Tobey and his weird faces. Good riddance! [frick] Spiderman 1 with your Green Goblin Power ranger suit and your ugly ass Mary Jane. Bring on Ga4field and Emma
DoomXfactor - 5/8/2012, 10:45 PM
I'm just going to pretend the Sam Raimi films never existed. I grew up with Spidey comics and when I saw the first Spiderman....I was sooooooooo F-ing disapointed. I had to watch it again just to make sure...terrible
DoomXfactor - 5/8/2012, 10:48 PM
@TheAmazingHipsterMan- WELL [frick]ING SAID! I completely agree with you
acidbath - 5/8/2012, 10:48 PM
One day there will be a Great spiderman actor/movie in the meantime andrew and webb seem like they could be a step in the right direction. Its a shame the lizard is the horrid ditko design.
DoomXfactor - 5/8/2012, 10:49 PM
[frick] you Tobey!
mrHJK - 5/8/2012, 10:51 PM
I thought Tobey and all of the folks of the first series were great (even was one of the few people who like SM3...well, parts of it).. But the thing that ended for me was around that time from before SM3 was coming out to when SM4 was cancelled, the whole gang was openly tired of the franchise and doing it just to do it.
I think ASM looks great, especially Garfield. I just hope he's like RDJ or Hugh Jackman and never tires of this character... I would like to see him be Peter Parker for a long time.
UrbanKnight - 5/8/2012, 11:10 PM
Not that awkward considering tobey is a millionaire anyways.
TexasAvenger - 5/8/2012, 11:26 PM
"You went there when you attacked Superman."

Right, cuz you totally didn't attack Spider-Man.

Look, man. If you don't like Spider-Man that's fine but you don't have to be coming on every article to remind us how much you dislike him. Nobody goes on the Superman articles to tell everyone else how much they don't like Supes, how he has some corny ass villains, is a boring character, etc. Superman is a serious character, huh? Well I guess it's hard to take his corny ass serious when he's got red undies outside of his blue spandex suit.
DCwanabe - 5/8/2012, 11:31 PM
You know what movie kills this one? THE AVENGERS FTW!!!
DoomXfactor - 5/8/2012, 11:53 PM
@Just1Superguy- Can you change your name to Just1guy cause u make Superman look bad. You're a [frick]ing Idiot
DoomXfactor - 5/8/2012, 11:54 PM
Oh and Tobey Sucks!!!
DoomXfactor - 5/9/2012, 12:06 AM
I got it! Just1trollguy cause that's what u do, you TROLL!
InTinyPants - 5/9/2012, 12:24 AM
@ Just1Superguy - First off, Peter calls himself Spider-Man because he DOES have a spider's abilities. The only power he doesn't have is to naturally create webbing(until much later in the series).

Second - He has always been a super genius. Did you not pay attention to the Raimi's films at all. He has conversations with Osborn, Octavius and Connors about physics and biology and it is very clear that he is a genius.

Third - How can you judge how relatable a character is the audience as a whole. Just because I didn't relate to Pocahontas doesn't mean that she was completely unrelateable to everyone who saw the film.

Forth - He struggles with bills/relationships because how time consuming it is being Spider-Man, and he struggles with Jameson because Peter has a little something called passion. He genuinely wants to be a photographer. If he wanted to invent something and be rich, he would, but it wouldn't be something that makes him happy. If you were a dedicated super hero, would you spend all of your time outside your costume doing things and working a job that don't make you happy and relieve the inevitable stress of being a secret crime fighter? I didn't think so.

Fifth (I could do this all day) - Peter getting hot girlfriends is the stupidest thing to complain about. I've known plenty of guys who land the hot chicks, and it's not because they were handsome. As long as you're not a douche(like yourself) and have somewhat of a sense of humor, it's not that hard to score a hot chick. Plus, he's a super genius and believe it or not, girls do like smart guys. (Is that your problem? It is isn't it?! Your jealous that a fictional character gets more tail than you! Bahahaha! That's sad man! Maybe if you weren't a know-it-all jackhole... Anyway. I'm getting off subject.

And finally, sixth - Are you gonna sit there with a straight face and tell me that "I fight crime because after I watches my uncle bleed out on the pavement in front of me because of the mistakes that I'd made misusing my power, I'd promised to use them responsibly and for the good of everyone around me is cheasier than... "I fight for truth, justice, and the American way." ????? Come on. Next you're going to tell me that the greatest CBM moment ever was the airplane scene in Superman Returns -- Oh wait. What?! You did say that already.

Quick, everyone! There's an imposter on this site. Nobody that is a true CBM fan would EVER speak those blasphemous words on this forum. You, sir, should be ashamed of yourself.

Oh, aaaaand... You just got served.
WingheadCap - 5/9/2012, 1:15 AM
i dig both Spider-man and Superman there should be no quarrels over that as both are popular and iconic characters.

however, i'm not even excited about this reboot.

Continuation from 3 = Boot

Amazing reboot = Ant

just keep this untold story hidden behind cob Webbs.
InTinyPants - 5/9/2012, 1:50 AM
I actually LOVE Superman. I just needed to say something because dude was acting like he had a right to talk bad about a character that he obviously doesn't know the first thing about.

I'm actually pretty stoked to hear about Peter's parents int he new film. It's too huge of a subject to just completely ignore their absence, like Raimi did. Every single person I watch those movies with that isn't a nerd like me asks, "What happened to his parents? Are they dead or alive? Why does he live with his aunt & uncle?"

I think it'll be a cool, fresh angle for the fans to view from, and it will answer all questions that would otherwise have been left either unanswered or seemingly pointless to the plot (but again, I don't think the death of the main character's parents should be absent in the plot).
113 - 5/9/2012, 2:07 AM
Even though technically the first X-Men movie ushered in the comic book movie era, it was 2002's Spiderman that really opened the floodgates. I remember exactly how I felt when I saw it. Nothing like that had ever been done or attempted before. The CGI was beyond superb (for the era) and it even holds up fairly well today.

While we all had some issues with Raimi films (organic webs, casting of Tobey, casting of Kirsten) these things were minor and we would not have all these great CBMs nowadays without that massive 2002 hit.
AgentDelta - 5/9/2012, 2:56 AM
*Suit, not 'suite.'
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