In a few weeks, British-bred actor Andrew Garfield will suit up to play Spider-Man, when production begins on the much-debated reboot of Sony’s mega-popular franchise. And Garfield, who was cast in the film in July, said he’s already feeling the heat to live up to the expectations set by the global fanbase.
“This is a beloved character and, you know, ironically, I’m gonna be the person in the audience going … ‘Who cast this English fool?’” he joked last week at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, although he added a few salty words for emphasis. He was sitting with peers Jesse Eisenberg and Carey Mulligan on a Young Hollywood panel hosted by the Los Angeles Times and AFI Fest.
Garfield, who was born in L.A. but raised in Britain, said he views the “Spider-Man” story like one of William Shakespeare’s plays, with new actors continually given the opportunity to play the same characters year after year. The 27-year-old also seems to be channeling some of Peter Parker’s self-esteem issues, even if only for comedy.
“That is something that I tell myself every night before I go to sleep: ‘It’s OK. It’s OK. Even though Tobey Maguire is genius, you are OK,’” the self-deprecating actor said. “I think that it’s just another step in the legacy. And then after I do it and mess it up, someone else will come and save the day and do a fantastic job and I’ll be old and fat and bearded and smoking and upset that he’s so good.”
You can watch more video from the Young Hollywood panel at 24 Frames, our must-read sister blog.
– Amy Kaufman
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