Andrew Garfield, the former Spider-Man, sat down opposite Amy Adams, Lois Lane, in an “Actor on Actors” segment with Variety. In it, the actor and actress reflected on playing the two iconic characters and their experiences working in Hollywood. Garfield regarded that while there were some positives to working on the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, he felt at times that he had simply just been a part of the Hollywood machine:
“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. 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.”
In addition, he also talked about how his experiences working on the franchise left him a bit heartbroken. It’s no secret that Andrew is a massive fan of the WebHead. He not only adores the character, but respects him as well. Due to many of the choices being made at the time, Garfield felt that story and character had not been the main priority anymore:
“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.”
The failed Amazing Spider-Man franchise left much to be desired. While the first film was praised by critics and fans alike, its sequel was not. Many felt that Sony Pictures was simply cramming too much in to build their own Cinematic universe. “Too many cooks in the kitchen” as one would say.
Andrew has been quite open about what he felt was the problem with the franchise in the past. It’s clear that he truly loves this character, and despite never having the chance to continue being Spidey, he’s continued to be a good sport, always being positive about the new direction for the character under Marvel Studios and Sony.
Despite the many problems of the now infamous reboot, I think we can all agree that Andrew Garfield was never the problem with that film series. He was sadly a great Spider-Man in a mediocre franchise.
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