Original Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire is passing the red and blue torch to new Peter Parker Andrew Garfield with his turn in The Amazing Spider-Man this summer. To kick things off in proper fashion, Vman sat the two actors down for a little one-on-one time.
They kick things off by discussing the film itself and how excited Tobey Maguire was when he heard how the project was coming together.
Tobey Maguire: 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 Garfield is, I'm glad that's what's happening here. What was the process? How did you end up being the guy?
Andrew Garfield: 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. 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?
The two actors then discussed the effect taking on such an iconic role plays on the psyche.
Andrew Garfield: 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?
Tobey Maguire: 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 FRoJcl10mDvVrs|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. I'd been making movies for a while so I had experienced some attention. But then, all of a sudden, the Sunday after it was released, I remember I went to lunch with my little brothers and there were all these people outside and photographers-it was a lot more attention than what I was used to. But for you, you seem to be more prepared for it than I was. Hopefully it won't be as violent for you from one day to the next.
Finally, Andrew Garfield talked about what it means for him to don the iconic suit of his favorite superhero.
Andrew Garfield: I just feel such a great responsibility to the story and to the fans, because I know in my heart how much this character means to people, because it means that much to me. For the sake of all the people who care about it as much as I do-I want to bring the character to life and make sure they're as satisfied as they can possibly be. Peter Parker is such a positive character-he's pure wish fulfillment, an underdog. I grew so much from him when I was a kid, from the comics all the way up to the first movie you were in. I was 19 when I saw [Spider-Man]. I got a pirated DVD at Portobello Market with my friend, and we went back to my skanky apartment in North London and we watched it twice in a row and then practiced your final line in the mirror! [My friend] has this thick accent and every time I would recite that line he would laugh this very distinct laugh and say, "No, man, you could never be fucking Spider-Man. You'll never be fucking Spider-Man!" I was so humiliated and upset. But, um...fuck you, [friend]! Spider-Man has always been a beautiful symbol for me, and I'm sure for you too-and I'd like to keep it so. Because, you know, you can get wrapped up in numbers and whether or not it's a success. The nature of success is something I've been considering a lot lately. But I think all we can do, like you're saying, is stay true to its essence and deliver the best possible story we can-which I hope we do...I think we have the potential to.
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