When 4th of July weekend rolls around, it’s not America that’s going to be on top of the world, but Andrew Garfield. The Amazing Spider-Man opens on July 3rd, and we stand just months away from a role that’s going to vault this young man into superstardom and make him the most popular person on the planet. Children will adore him, older men will recite his lines, and the ladies will scream for him.
If it’s successful, that is.
The whole world is now on his shoulders, but it doesn’t seem to phase him one bit. Garfield sat down with Vman to trade stories with the original arachnid Tobey Maguire to discuss what it’s like to score your dream acting gig, the reboot, and his coming celebrity.
Andrew Garfield is a man who gets it. All it takes is one interview to know he means business as an actor and finds the whole celebrity worship aspect of Hollywood to be a little silly. In fact, he’s quite worried about being mobbed and surrounded by hordes of paparazzi that are likely going to pester him for ages to come. He’s willing to take that for his favorite character though. With great roles come great responsibility, after all.
Garfield claims to have been a lifelong fan of Spider-Man, holing up in his room to devour the books and be fascinated by the stories. I believe him. He gave this impassioned speech at Comic-Con after getting the news that he was going to be your new friendly neighborhood webhead.
“I needed Spidey in my life as a kid, and he gave me hope…Peter Parker has inspired me to feel stronger, he made me, Andrew, braver. He reassured me that by doing the right thing it’s worth it, it’s worth the struggle, it’s worth the pain, it’s worth even the tears and the bruises and the blood…He saved my life.”
From the looks of the trailer, this is going to be a much darker version of the Spider-Man story and I can’t wait. It’s hard not to root for a guy who’s this humble, so consider this my best wishes to the team. Need some more Amazing Spider-Man to hold you over until July 3rd? Check out some posters and the latest theatrical trailer here.