During a roundtable for his upcoming film "99 Holmes," "The Amazing Spider-Man" star Andrew Garfield explained why he was never truly Spider-Man and how his own vulnerability contributed to the role (via Zaki's Corner).
"I was never Spider-Man, because Spider-Man's a fictional character," he shared. "He's not real. [laughs] You know what's funny, to give you the vulnerable answer, I thought I was going to be Spider-Man, you know? I went into it going... ego shit came in. It's like, 'Okay, here it is. I'm f***ing Spider-Man. I f***ing made it.' All that shit. [laughs] I didn't actually make it. I was never Spider-Man."
"I was the actor that I am," he elaborated, "Struggling with trying to match up with something that I'd elevated so high in my mind. Elevated beyond what I could attain, what I could achieve. The great thing is, that's what Peter Parker was doing as well. Peter Parker created this symbol that he couldn't live up to. It was never enough. He never felt enough, and I never felt enough. I never felt like I was able to do enough. And I couldn't rescue those films... even though I didn't sleep. [laughs] Not to say that I needed to rescue those films, but I couldn't make them as deep and soulful and... life-giving as I could ever dream. And I'm never gonna be able to do that, with any film."
When asked about the speech he made about the role at Comic-Con International in 2011, he said, "That was probably the highlight of the whole experience for me, 'cause it felt like, just me. Vulnerable. And terrified. And that could've really failed. That whole idea could've failed. And everyone told me it was going to. Emma [Stone] told me it was not a good idea. The studio said, 'What the f*** are you thinking?!' And I was, 'Just let me do one thing! Just one thing!' And to their credit they allowed it, and they saw that it worked. They trusted me a lot more after that, to their credit."