The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield got his sexy on for VMAN, letting the camera highlight his supersexy eyebrows and may-I-run-my-hands-through hair. Tobey Maguire, the original Peter Parker, sat down with his successor for a Q&A, most likely wondering if this kid can continue the legacy (not to mention bring in the big bucks).
How Garfield ended up getting casting the reboot: It was pretty basic, apart from it being more dragged out and pressure-filled and dramatic than any other audition process I’ve ever been through. They like to put you through the ringer, in the respect that it creates drama and tension among a generation of actors.
On the task he’s been given: I just feel such a great responsibility to the story and to the fans, because I know in my heart how much this character means to people, because it means that much to me. For the sake of all the people who care about it as much as I do—I want to bring the character to life and make sure they’re as satisfied as they can possibly be.
How Garfield relates to Peter Parker: 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!
Spider-Man has always been a beautiful symbol for me, and I’m sure for you too—and I’d like to keep it so. Because, you know, you can get wrapped up in numbers and whether or not it’s a success. The nature of success is something I’ve been considering a lot lately. But I think all we can do, like you’re saying, is stay true to its essence and deliver the best possible story we can—which I hope we do…I think we have the potential to.
On his rising star and the culture of celebrity: I’ve had a very small experience with it, and it’s very difficult. is there any way of containing it? Or humanizing it? There’s sometimes that separation that happens: there’s a wall that goes up between people in the public eye—actors, musicians, politicians— and the public. What i’d love is for spider-Man fans to be…I like the idea of everyone being one, because you were the guy in the suit and now i’m the guy in suit and there’ll be another guy in the suit later on down the line. this whole celebrity myth is very new and interesting to me, whether one can just be an actor and also be in one of these roles.
The Amazing Spider-Man opens July 3rd.