Tony Award winner Andrew Garfield gained international recognition with his supporting role as Eduardo Saverin in the 2010 movie, The Social Network which portrays the founding of Facebook. His career gained greater heights with his portrayal of the superhero Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man series.

Garfield debuted in the Hollywood entertainment industry with a role in the 2007 American war film, Lions for Lambs starring famous actors like Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep. Among other achievements, he has also been nominated for Academy Awards for his work in the movie Hacksaw Ridge and the musical Tick, Tick… Boom! released in 2016 and 2021 respectively.

Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield

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Andrew Garfield Was Thrilled to Have Landed the Role of Spider-Man

Andrew Garfield has admitted that he was over the moon when he landed the role of Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012. During a roundtable interview for his movie, 99 Homes, he said: “I thought I was going to be Spider-Man, you know? I went into it going…ego s**t came in. It’s like, “Okay, here it is. I’m f***ing Spider-Man. I f***ing made it.””

Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man
Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man

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The The Eyes of Tammy Faye actor revealed that the character had always meant a lot to him and that was visible in the tribute he paid to Spider-Man in the 2011 Comic Con by telling the crowd what he had learnt from the character. His tribute was so good that film critic and speech teacher, Zaki Hasan would use it as an example while giving his students an assignment for tribute speech.

Andrew Garfield Admitted That He Failed Spider-Man

Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland for Spider-Man: No Way Home
Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland for Spider-Man: No Way Home

Pierce Brosnan who played James Bond once, felt that he wasn’t the right choice for the role, and after playing Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield could relate to him. It’s true as the movies weren’t as well received as the ones featuring Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, and the good thing about this is that Garfield accepts the fact that he didn’t do justice to the characters. He said:

“I never felt like I was able to do enough. And I couldn’t rescue those films…even though I didn’t sleep. [laughs] And I wanted to… 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. It was especially difficult in that situation because… well, just because.”

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Garfield said that he struggled with living up to the ideal for the character he had made up in his mind. He thought of that as a good thing because it was the same for Peter Parker who also tried to achieve something that was unattainable. Neither Peter Parker nor Andrew Garfield felt satisfied with what they did.

The Silence star was heartbroken when a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 being canceled. In an interview, he said that it was because the franchise had become more about money than the soul of it. Being a fanboy himself, he was moved by how the money had become the driving factor for the franchise.

Source: Cinema Blend

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