One of the biggest topics of conversation surrounding the reboot of the Spider-Man franchise has been about how director Marc Webb’s film will differ from Sam Raimi’s trilogy, and how new star Andrew Garfield will differ from Tobey Maguire in the role of Peter Parker. One might think there would be a bit of animosity there, but that doesn’t seem to be the case in this VMan magazine article in which Maguire interviews his successor.
After talking about Garfield’s current stint as Biff on Broadway in Death of a Salesman, Maguire revealed his thoughts during the early stages of development on The Amazing Spider-Man. “Actually, when it was coming together, I was particularly excited at two moments: one was when [director] Marc Webb got involved,” he said. “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!'”
The two Spider-Men went on to discuss the process of getting cast in the film, which Garfield says was a bit strange with how long and drawn-out the process was. “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,” Garfield said. “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 conversation then shifted to how the movie might change Garfield’s life, and how the original affected Maguire’s.
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 phenomenon 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.
Considering the huge success Marvel movies have already had this season, expect a lot of eyes to be on The Amazing Spider-Man when it premieres July 3.