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Andrew Garfield says he couldn't rescue The Amazing Spider-Man movies

08.31.2015

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Andrew Garfield recently said he was pushing for Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe before his time playing the web-slinger came to an end, and the actor opened up quite a bit about his Spidey experience during a conversation with Zaki's Corner. Garfield was asked what did he learn from being Spider-Man. His response?

Well, nothing, because I was never Spider-Man. Because Spider-Man's a fictional character. He's not real. [laughs] You know what's funny, to give you the vulnerable answer, I thought I was going to be Spider-Man, you know? I went into it going...ego shit came in. It's like, "Okay, here it is. I'm f***ing Spider-Man. I f***ing made it." All that shit. [laughs] I didn't actually make it. I was never Spider-Man.

I was the actor that I am. The person that I am. Struggling with trying to match up with something that I'd elevated so high in my mind. Elevated beyond what I could attain, what I could achieve. The great thing is, that's what Peter Parker was doing as well. Peter Parker created this symbol that he couldn't live up to. It was never enough. He never felt enough, and I never felt enough. I never felt like I was able to do enough. And I couldn't rescue those films...even though I didn't sleep. [laughs]

And I wanted to...not to say that I needed to rescue those films, but I couldn't make them as deep and soulful and...life-giving as I could ever dream. And I'm never gonna be able to do that, with any film. It was especially difficult in that situation because...well, just because. And it was especially important because that character has always meant so much to me, and you saw that if you saw the Comic Con thing, which, thank you for reminding me about that.

It sounds like Andrew Garfield was trying to be careful with his answer, however the actor still seems pretty bummed that he couldn't do more for the franchise. And while I know some will say he needs to get over it, it's not like he's the one who brought THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN movies up, and I definitely don't think he's to blame for the negative reviews they received. I wasn't sold on Garfield as Peter Parker, but he made a great Spider-Man, and I think he's a talented actor who still has a very bright future ahead of him.

Andrew Garfield can be seen next starring alongside Michael Shannon and Laura Dern in Ramin Bahrani's 99 HOMES on September 25, 2015, while Tom Holland will make his debut as the new Spider-Man in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, which is due in theaters on May 6, 2016.

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6:50PM on 08/31/2015
Garfield would have been a perfect Peter Parker if it hadn't been for the high school setup. He looked and act as I would have predicted for a Daily Bugle Peter Parker, a guy who brushed off most of his nerdiness back in graduation day. The worst flaw in the Amazing Spider-Man movies is that they decided to really distance themselves with the Raimi version and rebooted it from the beginning, instead of just continue on as a Spider-Man movie where all of his backstory could just be explained in
Garfield would have been a perfect Peter Parker if it hadn't been for the high school setup. He looked and act as I would have predicted for a Daily Bugle Peter Parker, a guy who brushed off most of his nerdiness back in graduation day. The worst flaw in the Amazing Spider-Man movies is that they decided to really distance themselves with the Raimi version and rebooted it from the beginning, instead of just continue on as a Spider-Man movie where all of his backstory could just be explained in short flashbacks. Also, what a waste of talent for Emma Stone to play as Gwen Stacy. She have the red hair, she have the beauty of a (struggling) actress, she's the perfect Mary Jane that never was.
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6:29PM on 08/31/2015
It's simple, he was good as Spider-Man, bad as Peter Parker..
It's simple, he was good as Spider-Man, bad as Peter Parker..
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5:22PM on 08/31/2015
Nobody could have saved the films from the terrible writing and awful performances.
Nobody could have saved the films from the terrible writing and awful performances.
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4:26PM on 08/31/2015
Alright Garfield, you've said enough about the failed spider-man franchise you were a part of over the last couple of months. No rational person is putting the blame solely on you, but time to shut the fuck up and stop throwing everyone else under the bus. You were asked a simple question, stop divulging information about how you "couldn't save the films," or how you were pushing for Marvel to get involved because it was never your responsibility to save them anyways. The biggest problems with
Alright Garfield, you've said enough about the failed spider-man franchise you were a part of over the last couple of months. No rational person is putting the blame solely on you, but time to shut the fuck up and stop throwing everyone else under the bus. You were asked a simple question, stop divulging information about how you "couldn't save the films," or how you were pushing for Marvel to get involved because it was never your responsibility to save them anyways. The biggest problems with those films can be traced back to the scripts. I didn't enjoy your performance, but let me assure you that you were not the biggest problem with those films.
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1:23PM on 08/31/2015
It is going to be tough when the previous version of the film is still fresh in peoples minds. You are always looking to do things different so it isn't a total copy but it will be when the Toby Maguire movie isn't too far in the past. Had Garfield started with the Marvel universe in the direction they are now going, then I think it would have helped both actor and character similar to the HULK who has never been good enough when he's had his own film and the character is better with other
It is going to be tough when the previous version of the film is still fresh in peoples minds. You are always looking to do things different so it isn't a total copy but it will be when the Toby Maguire movie isn't too far in the past. Had Garfield started with the Marvel universe in the direction they are now going, then I think it would have helped both actor and character similar to the HULK who has never been good enough when he's had his own film and the character is better with other characters that we now see so we get the best of the character we know. Both actor and character will now see the benefit of being a long side other loved characters and no longer have the burden and weight to carry a film souly which gives a lot of freedom, not to mention being in the marvel universe is a big benefit.
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12:56PM on 08/31/2015
Why is Garfield still going on and on about Spider-Man, its done dude. I would say the majority didn't have a problem with you, but the writers and director first and foremost. Edward Norton still isn't hung up on the Hulk and nor should you, sometimes roles don't work out, you move on with your career.
Why is Garfield still going on and on about Spider-Man, its done dude. I would say the majority didn't have a problem with you, but the writers and director first and foremost. Edward Norton still isn't hung up on the Hulk and nor should you, sometimes roles don't work out, you move on with your career.
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1:42PM on 08/31/2015
I was under the impression that it was more the medias and journalists that couldn't help but going back to Spidey questions, rather than him !
And I can understand that he might be tired of being blamed for the ASM franchise's debacle (I don't think he is... At least not entirely) !
I was under the impression that it was more the medias and journalists that couldn't help but going back to Spidey questions, rather than him !
And I can understand that he might be tired of being blamed for the ASM franchise's debacle (I don't think he is... At least not entirely) !
1:45PM on 08/31/2015
He's going to keep getting asked about this for the rest of his life, and his options are to either answer and have people accuse him of being the one always bringing it up and being obsessed, or he'll choose to not answer and look like he's bitter about it.
He's going to keep getting asked about this for the rest of his life, and his options are to either answer and have people accuse him of being the one always bringing it up and being obsessed, or he'll choose to not answer and look like he's bitter about it.
12:21PM on 08/31/2015
Part of ASM2's biggest issues, to me, were 2 things:
1: Uncle Ben wasn't a reminder anymore. He wasn't Peter's drive anymore. It was about finding out what happened to his parents and the ghost of Captain Stacey, but Ben Parker was mentioned I think once with him and May. Peter is Spider-man because of his gilt of how Uncle Ben died. "With great power comes great responsiblity" was replaced and then the meaning ignored.
2: This movie was made more to have a Sinister Six movie than an actual
Part of ASM2's biggest issues, to me, were 2 things:
1: Uncle Ben wasn't a reminder anymore. He wasn't Peter's drive anymore. It was about finding out what happened to his parents and the ghost of Captain Stacey, but Ben Parker was mentioned I think once with him and May. Peter is Spider-man because of his gilt of how Uncle Ben died. "With great power comes great responsiblity" was replaced and then the meaning ignored.
2: This movie was made more to have a Sinister Six movie than an actual proper ASM sequel. This was also one of the downfalls. It was a sequel to make a sequel instead of standing on its own legs and having a sequel happen fluidly.
There are many reasons why ASM series failed. Like the new Failtastic Four, changing the origins isn't necessarily a bad idea, but when the core about the characters change, that's when things go downhill. You not only lose that fanbase but the risk of casual movie-goers may lose interest as well.
I'll be honest, I was hoping Garfield would continue in Civil War instead of yet a third attempt at Spider-man, but that's life for ya.
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11:54AM on 08/31/2015

Why is he talking like the 1st movie...

... was on the same level as the 2nd one? I've noticed a lot of people do that too.
... was on the same level as the 2nd one? I've noticed a lot of people do that too.
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12:01PM on 08/31/2015
Yeah the first was pretty decent, the second was what killed it.
Yeah the first was pretty decent, the second was what killed it.
12:48PM on 08/31/2015
I've always said that the first Amazing Spider-Man movie was still pretty bad, though the sequel is obviously MUCH worse.

Dr. Connors was such a weak, 1-dimensional villain who came across like an afterthought, the whole movie sets up the "Untold Story" of the mystery of Parker's parents and then does nothing with that at all, Parker himself doesn't actually have an arc or any character journey whatsoever, and that becomes clear in that awful final scene where he flippantly ignores his
I've always said that the first Amazing Spider-Man movie was still pretty bad, though the sequel is obviously MUCH worse.

Dr. Connors was such a weak, 1-dimensional villain who came across like an afterthought, the whole movie sets up the "Untold Story" of the mystery of Parker's parents and then does nothing with that at all, Parker himself doesn't actually have an arc or any character journey whatsoever, and that becomes clear in that awful final scene where he flippantly ignores his promise to Captain Stacy and says something along the lines of "Broken promises are the best kind". And that's treated like a happy ending.

It's awful all-around and, like TASM 2, the only redeeming factor is the chemistry between Garfield and Stone.
11:53AM on 08/31/2015
I think the problem is that they tried to tell the love story of Peter Parker too much that they lost the audiences along the way.
I think the problem is that they tried to tell the love story of Peter Parker too much that they lost the audiences along the way.
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11:32AM on 08/31/2015

Garfield was a problem, but not THE problem...

I liked Garfield in the suit, but I despised his cocky, pseudo-disaffected skater version of Peter Parker. Then the navel-gazing would hit. It was like he was suffering from bipolar disorder.

Some of this was in the writing, of course, and some in Garfield's performance. But in the suit, he clicked for the most part. The problem is that it's Peter Parker you need to get right or the whole thing falls apart -- which this franchise did.

The core problem with those movies is that you had a
I liked Garfield in the suit, but I despised his cocky, pseudo-disaffected skater version of Peter Parker. Then the navel-gazing would hit. It was like he was suffering from bipolar disorder.

Some of this was in the writing, of course, and some in Garfield's performance. But in the suit, he clicked for the most part. The problem is that it's Peter Parker you need to get right or the whole thing falls apart -- which this franchise did.

The core problem with those movies is that you had a director who was much more interested in telling a love story, who had no great affection for Spider-Man, but more to the point, didn't understand what makes the character special. Yes Bryan Singer was not an X-Men fan, but he got comic books and he got the central conceit of why the X-Men existed...now he gets them even more, hence the retconning. Tim Burton was not a Batman fan, but he understood dark, broody obsessiveness. The director fit the material.

Just because your last name is Webb doesn't mean you should be captaining the Spider-Man ship. Add that to a whole plethora of writers who don't understand the character either, and voila.Then the studio's wannabe franchise-building added a smorgasbord of bad decisions to an already packed buffet of bad decisions to create the festering ass sore that was ASM 2.

Say what you will about Marvel's "house style", but the cinematic Spider-Man needs Kevin Feige now more than ever.
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11:23AM on 08/31/2015
What a douchebag.
What a douchebag.
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1:38PM on 08/31/2015
Why do you say (well... Write) that ?
Why do you say (well... Write) that ?
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