A Little ‘Heartbroken’: Andrew Garfield on Playing Spider-Man

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Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man films simply failed to spark up a big new cinematic franchise.

Reception was quite mixed with The Amazing Spider-Man and, perhaps more detrimentally, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, leading to Sony’s decision to allow Marvel to take the character into the MCU. Although there were a number of qualms many had about the films, the lead performance by Andrew Garfield usually wasn’t among them.

Garfield put his all into playing the webslinger, a character he’d been a fan of since a child. You can imagine the disappointment that comes for an actor that manages to score the role of their dreams, only to realise they’ve entered a filmmaking system designed for “a corporate enterprise” and to then see the movies fall short of expectations.

As part of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” series, in which big-name actors interview each other, Garfield expressed to actress Amy Adams what he thought about his experience in taking one of the most beloved comic book heroes to the screen.

“There were great things about it, I got to work with incredible actors, a really great director… I learned a lot about what feels good and what doesn’t feel good, and what to say ‘yes’ to,” Garfield said, before highlighting the frustrations he had with the way in which some big Hollywood projects are developed.

poster-amazing-spider-man-36“There’s something about being that young in that kind of machinery which I think is really dangerous… I was still young enough to struggle with the value system, I suppose, of corporate America really, it’s a corporate enterprise mostly.”

Garfield says he found that the powers that be were not holding the film’s plot and characters up as the most important elements, a factor he says ultimately left him a little heartbroken.

“There’s something that happened with that experience for me where story and character were actually not top of the priority list, ultimately. And I found that really, really tricky. I signed up to serve the story and to serve this incredible character that I’ve been dressing as since I was three, and then it gets compromised and it breaks my heart. I got heartbroken a little bit, to a certain degree. Not entirely.”

Well, after all is said and done, Garfield looks to have come out unscathed, career-wise. The actor is earning awards buzz for his work in both Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese’s Silence, the latter of which will open in Australia on December 26.

Tom Holland now has the task of carrying the Spidey mantle. Following on from his well-received appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Holland’s webslinger will have his first Marvel-Sony film with Spider-Man: Homecoming, set to arrive in Australia on July 6, 2017.

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