UPDATE: 11/24/10 11:25 AM PST In other Untitled Spider-Man Reboot news, MTV also spoke with Emma Stone, who is playing Gwen Stacy in the new movie. She talked about her recent rehearsals for the highly-anticipated project and about Gwen Stacy being blonde:
"Today I went and did hair tests, because I have blonde hair now since Gwen has blonde hair. My natural hair is blonde, so it's kind of nice. I looked in the mirror and said, "Oh my god, it's me again, it's been so long!" We're finalizing the visual stuff. And I think we'll start actually rehearsing, because we start shooting in two weeks. Andrew and I went and learned about science yesterday. Gwen really likes science, so we learned about science. I was home-schooled, so I never went to chemistry class in a traditional setting like Gwen is into. That was really beneficial."
She also talked about her discussions with director Marc Webb about how the relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy is evolving:
"There are a lot of changes happening on a day to day basis. There's a lot of open dialogue about where we're going with this and how Peter and Gwen are going to come together and what makes the most sense for the story we're telling. It's an ever-changing thing. We're still in that development period. It's so fantastic. My background is in improv and things like that, so this kind of ever-changing nature is ideal for me."
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Original Story: Andrew Garfield recently revealed that his performance as Peter Parker in Marc Webb's upcoming Untitled Spider-Man Reboot (aka: Spider-Man 2.0) was inspired by Heath Ledger's legendary and Oscar-winning turn as The Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight. The two actors worked side-by-side in Heath's last film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and Garfield chatted with MTV about that experience, as well as some of the special effects work he will be doing soon:
Andrew wouldn't come clean on whether or not he has actually tried on the Spider-suit just yet, but he did offer this bit of information on his time spend with Heath Ledger:
"We never really talked about (The Dark Knight). The movie wasn't out, but I knew how excited he was. I was talking to his friends about it, who had been involved in the process, and they were so jazzed about how people were going to react to him. What I learned from watching him in that movie was that it was so honest and specific. Somehow he made this very broad character incredibly honest and human. There's so much to be learned from that, because otherwise during the big fight sequences, who cares, unless you have a good understanding of who the characters fighting are? I'm really excited for Marc Webb, because he's a real stickler for that sort of stuff. He wants everything to come from Peter Parker's dilemma, Gwen Stacy's dilemma, Uncle Ben's dilemma - everyone's struggles, so that in those bigger sequences, it's actually not just a cool fight, but there's heart and specificity."
About working with the Untitled Spider-Man Reboot's necessary special effects, Andrew Garfield stated:
"Yes, tennis balls. Acting with tennis balls and green screen and all that, I love that idea. I did "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" with Terry Gilliam and that was the first time I did green screen stuff. I actually loved it. Sure, I love being in a real environment, but on the flipside, to step back into your childhood imagination that you have to employ, I love that. It's a challenge, but it's fun and playful and childish. It's another skill to try and hone."
Garfield was also given a bit of advice from an unknown source about playing the iconic character of Peter Parker. Speculation is that this is what Tobey Maguire has passed on:
"I was told by someone who should be listened to - I'm not going to say who it was - he said, "Don't try and live up to it. Don't think you have to live up to what that image and that symbol means to people." And first I thought that was really reassuring. But then you go, "No, I really want to live up to that symbol." When I was 12-years-old I saw the struggle Peter Parker was going through to be of use to society, I wanted to live up to that. And I realized that even Peter Parker is trying to live up to that symbol of Spider-Man he's created. That's what makes him so special: he's undeniably human and going through the same struggles as everyone else. So you try to live up to that symbol and then you have to be OK not living up to it, because not even Peter Parker can do it."