From One Spider-Man to Another: Tobey Maguire Interviews Andrew Garfield about Taking on the Superhero Role

From One Spider-Man to Another: Tobey Maguire Interviews Andrew Garfield about Taking on the Superhero Role

May 09, 2012

Former Spider-Man franchise star Tobey Maguire really knows how to humbly pass the torch. The actor who became angsty teen Peter Parker for three Spider-Man films recently interviewed Andrew Garfield who will be taking over the role of the costumed crimefighter. Coming Soon shared some interesting excerpts from the duo's VMan magazine chat, in which Maguire asks Garfield some very personal questions, including how the entire filmmaking process has affected him emotionally.

"The main thing I'm thinking about and worrying about is what happens after this movie comes out," Garfield responded. " … Right now I have a host of fears that I'm contending with on a minute-to-minute basis ... 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," he told Maguire. "So much shifted in my life the weekend the movie came out. it was shocking," Maguire confessed to the newcomer.

Talking about wanting to deliver the best performance he can for Spidey fans, Maguire reinforced what has seemed evident in other interviews with Garfield: he just wants to please the fans. "It seems like you have a great respect for the character," he reassured Garfield. "Very much so," Garfield confirmed, sharing an amusing story about watching a pirated Spider-Man DVD with a pal in London.

"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 Terry Mcguiness, 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! Terry 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 f*cking Spider-Man. You'll never be f*cking Spider-Man!" I was so humiliated and upset. But, um...f*ck you, Terry!"

It's great to feel a genuine sense of camaraderie between the two screen stars, without egos. You can visit the full interview over here and here, and let us know if Garfield's thoughts inspire hope or anxiety over The Amazing Spider-Man, which hits theaters on July 3.

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