Andrew Garfield talks The Amazing Spider-Man’s Peter Parker

Exclusive: The new Spider-Man on getting into character



The Amazing Spider-Man heads up the new issue of Total Film magazine (out tomorrow!), and inside we talk to all of the key talent involved, including – of course – star Andrew Garfield.

The American-English actor takes over from Tobey Maguire to front the new franchise, and his take on the character is one of the most appealing hooks of the reboot.

On the chip-on-his-shoulder Peter Parker, Garfield said: ““He’s a lone wolf… Erratic, angry, rebellious.”

So, is the new Parker, who fights back against the bullies, not so much of a nerd, then?

“It’s cool to be a nerd now,” The Social Network actor told us.

“Peter is an outsider. Because that’s what he has to do to protect himself.  He was dropped once; he doesn’t want to be dropped again. It’s difficult to get close to him.”

Garfield also told us about the physical side of the role: “The stunts are homegrown and grass roots.

“I plastered my walls with page after page of artwork and spent hours trying to get my body as extreme as possible.

“I didn’t want to be a bulky guy. I wanted to be a skinny kid beating the crap out of big guys.” 

The Amazing Spider-Man opens on 4 July 2012.

For more from Andrew Garfield and the rest of The Amazing Spider-Man team, get the new issue of Total Film magazine, which hits newsstands tomorrow!

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Are you excited to see Andrew Garfield’s interpretation of the character? Let us know below!


    • ChrisWootton

      Apr 12th 2012, 11:44

      I'd be willing to bet £50 on him saying at some point that a sequel would get darker

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    • FBSHarrigan

      Apr 15th 2012, 6:44

      This is essentially turning Spiderman into Wolverine. Instead of the optimist, he will be turned into a tragic and twisted lone wolf. Part of Peter Parker's charm is that he is by nature optimistic and is able to even crack jokes despite his circumstances. Film Makers did the same thing to Astroboy in trying to make him an angsty teenager and it just did not work. Everyone knows how that turned out.

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