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Andrew Garfield glad to no longer be Spider-man; thinks Tom Holland is great

08.14.2015

There is a certain freedom when you no longer have to portray a character with a massive fanbase. That is not to say it isn't a pleasure and a responsibility to be associated with a particular superhero, but I can only imagine the pressure of having to uphold that brand. Like Uncle Ben said: with great power comes great responsibility. Luckily, Andrew Garfield is not bitter after only portraying Spider-man twice, but he is kind of glad it is over.

Entertainment Tonight got the first comments from Garfield after the announcement that Tom Holland would take over in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.

"It feels lovely, especially because Tom Holland is a really, really great actor," Garfield told ET's Cameron Mathison at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Grants Banquet in Beverly Hills on Thursday. "He was in this movie The Impossible and he was just this incredibly powerful, sensitive, just wonderful young actor. And [he's] a dancer, so his body’s the right [form]."

Garfield also says he is glad that he can return to just being a fan of Spider-man and not responsible for carrying the weight of the franchise. Garfield was outspoken about issues with THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 and how studio interference ultimately hurt the movie. I am sure he would have loved to have kept playing the character for the planned third film and villain-centric spin-offs, but ultimately Sony partnered with Marvel to reboot the entire character again.

I enjoyed Andrew Garfield's portrayal of Peter Parker and found him to be closer to the comic book version of the character than Tobey Maguire ever was. We will have to wait and see if Tom Holland can live up to that responsibility himself.

The next SPIDER-MAN hits theaters on July 28, 2017.

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6:16PM on 08/15/2015

am i the only one who didn't like Garfield as Peter Parker/Spidey?

he looked the part, but i couldn't stand the way he played Peter. so much stuttering. i guess that how he plays "neurotic"? but every other sentence in TASM2 is "ww- ww- well, gw- gw- gwen, li- li- listen to me"
he looked the part, but i couldn't stand the way he played Peter. so much stuttering. i guess that how he plays "neurotic"? but every other sentence in TASM2 is "ww- ww- well, gw- gw- gwen, li- li- listen to me"
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11:20AM on 08/15/2015

Upcoming Fan Art Project!

Still pissed and suicidal that Sony gave up their cinematic universe for this crap and yet Andrew Garfield thinks this is okay, but it's not. I cannot wait until I e-mail JoBlo my fan art project on what THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Cinematic Universe would've looked like and be shown on Awesome Art We've Found Around the Net!
Still pissed and suicidal that Sony gave up their cinematic universe for this crap and yet Andrew Garfield thinks this is okay, but it's not. I cannot wait until I e-mail JoBlo my fan art project on what THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Cinematic Universe would've looked like and be shown on Awesome Art We've Found Around the Net!
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9:48AM on 08/15/2015
Garfield was the best thing about the ASM franchise. The scripts were terrible but they at least got the main character right by adding his trademark sense of humor. The Raimi franchise started ok but the relationship drama (important in a Spider-Man movie) was taking itself way too seriously for how silly it was.

The ASM franchise on the other hand tried too hard to distance itself from the original trilogy, changing stuff in the mythology it shouldn't have changed and things got silly real
Garfield was the best thing about the ASM franchise. The scripts were terrible but they at least got the main character right by adding his trademark sense of humor. The Raimi franchise started ok but the relationship drama (important in a Spider-Man movie) was taking itself way too seriously for how silly it was.

The ASM franchise on the other hand tried too hard to distance itself from the original trilogy, changing stuff in the mythology it shouldn't have changed and things got silly real quick.
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12:45PM on 08/16/2015
Totally agree, Garfield was perfect as Spider-Man. Maguire was ok until the 3rd, the dance oh no the dance, the hair, the way he cries looks like he's eating his own face. I still maintain Spidey2 is the best comic book movie of all time and Doc Ock was a brilliant villain with to be fair still unbettered CGI, another problem with the maguire Spider-Man was the chemistry he didn't have with Dunst who is a terrible actress
Totally agree, Garfield was perfect as Spider-Man. Maguire was ok until the 3rd, the dance oh no the dance, the hair, the way he cries looks like he's eating his own face. I still maintain Spidey2 is the best comic book movie of all time and Doc Ock was a brilliant villain with to be fair still unbettered CGI, another problem with the maguire Spider-Man was the chemistry he didn't have with Dunst who is a terrible actress
5:46AM on 08/15/2015
Damn, not a lot of love for Garfield on this comment section, huh?
Suffice to say that he was the Spider-Man that we deserved, but not the one we need right now. I would have loved to see him as the grown up Peter Parker with his supermodel wife and baby girl, not the straight out of highschool Spider-Man who was still sulking whether he should man up and be a superhero or cuddle up with his girlfriend to Europe.
Damn, not a lot of love for Garfield on this comment section, huh?
Suffice to say that he was the Spider-Man that we deserved, but not the one we need right now. I would have loved to see him as the grown up Peter Parker with his supermodel wife and baby girl, not the straight out of highschool Spider-Man who was still sulking whether he should man up and be a superhero or cuddle up with his girlfriend to Europe.
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3:14AM on 08/15/2015
I am kind of glad it is over too.
I am kind of glad it is over too.
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6:50PM on 08/14/2015
Spider-Man will benefit being in a movie with other superhero's. No longer the soul focus but a sidekick (maybe for the time being at least) just like the Hulk. This will rejuvenate the character as the last two movies were just too close to its predecessor to have its own identity regardless of who was to play Peter Parker. Also the fact Spider-Man wasn't connected to the Marvel Universe was always gonna limit the potential of the last two movies.
Spider-Man will benefit being in a movie with other superhero's. No longer the soul focus but a sidekick (maybe for the time being at least) just like the Hulk. This will rejuvenate the character as the last two movies were just too close to its predecessor to have its own identity regardless of who was to play Peter Parker. Also the fact Spider-Man wasn't connected to the Marvel Universe was always gonna limit the potential of the last two movies.
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4:43PM on 08/14/2015

Yeah, good riddance.

I just hope this new Spidey isn't an emo loser crybaby superhero set in a romcom world while being a superhero is like the third thing down that the movie focuses on.
I just hope this new Spidey isn't an emo loser crybaby superhero set in a romcom world while being a superhero is like the third thing down that the movie focuses on.
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3:57PM on 08/14/2015
Well, I'm glad you're no longer Spider-Man either, Mr. Garfield.
Well, I'm glad you're no longer Spider-Man either, Mr. Garfield.
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3:49PM on 08/14/2015

Good riddance.

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3:44PM on 08/14/2015
I actually enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man but that sequel was just a mess. Pretty much hated everything about it. Garfield was fine by me though. As for this new Parker, never heard of him, so all I can judge him on is the new movie.
I actually enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man but that sequel was just a mess. Pretty much hated everything about it. Garfield was fine by me though. As for this new Parker, never heard of him, so all I can judge him on is the new movie.
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3:38PM on 08/14/2015

I just read the headline and thought...

lol

Can you blame him?
lol

Can you blame him?
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3:32PM on 08/14/2015
I also did not like Garfield's portrayal as Parker either, same reasons. If I were to chose between Maguire or Garfield, they both have their faults, but Raimi's first 2 movies were much better films. My biggest Toby complaint is that he cries all the time and he and Dunst really did not have chemistry that felt real.
I also did not like Garfield's portrayal as Parker either, same reasons. If I were to chose between Maguire or Garfield, they both have their faults, but Raimi's first 2 movies were much better films. My biggest Toby complaint is that he cries all the time and he and Dunst really did not have chemistry that felt real.
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3:17PM on 08/14/2015
The last 2 Spider-man films make Raimi's trilogy look like masterpieces. Even I'm starting to appreciate part 3 more. Hopefully this Holland kid & Marvel can finally bring us a decent Spider-man movie now, still have my doubts with who they got to direct.
The last 2 Spider-man films make Raimi's trilogy look like masterpieces. Even I'm starting to appreciate part 3 more. Hopefully this Holland kid & Marvel can finally bring us a decent Spider-man movie now, still have my doubts with who they got to direct.
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3:02PM on 08/14/2015
I have to agree with Garfield because the films he was associated with were absolutely terrible and I couldn't stand his stuttering, pretty boy, and cocky version of Peter Parker. The only good thing that came out of those two films was Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Other than that, two wasted and missed opportunities.

Glad Holland got the role. Wasn't too enthusiastic about that Butterguy playing the part.
I have to agree with Garfield because the films he was associated with were absolutely terrible and I couldn't stand his stuttering, pretty boy, and cocky version of Peter Parker. The only good thing that came out of those two films was Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Other than that, two wasted and missed opportunities.

Glad Holland got the role. Wasn't too enthusiastic about that Butterguy playing the part.
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