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Andrew Garfield says studio interference hurt The Amazing Spider-Man 2

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Andrew Garfield was asked how he felt about the mostly negative reviews from critics and fans for his THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Garfield says Sony had a few issues with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci's script, and he believes the studio's interference had a negative impact on the film.

It’s interesting. I read a lot of the reactions from people and I had to stop because I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it. For me, I read the script that Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote, and I genuinely loved it. There was this thread running through it. I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it—because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related. Once you start removing things and saying, “No, that doesn’t work,” then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.

Andrew Garfield goes on to say he enjoyed working on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, but was surprised by the negative reactions to the film.

But I’ll tell you this: Talking about the experience as opposed to how it was perceived, I got to work in deep scenes that you don’t usually see in comic book movies, and I got to explore this orphan boy—a lot of which was taken out, and which we’d explored more. It’s interesting to do a postmortem. I’m proud of a lot of it and had a good time, and was a bit taken aback by the response.

Garfield also says he hopes the Spidey team will learn from their mistakes, and appreciates constructive criticism.

It’s a discernment thing. What are the people actually saying? What’s underneath the complaint, and how can we learn from that? We can’t go, “Oh God, we fucked up because all these people are saying all these things. It’s shit.” We have to ask ourselves, “What do we believe to be true?” Is it that this is the fifth Spider-Man movie in however many years, and there’s a bit of fatigue? Is it that there was too much in there? Is it that it didn’t link? If it linked seamlessly, would that be too much? Were there tonal issues? What is it? I think all that is valuable. Constructive criticism is different from people just being dicks, and I love constructive criticism. Hopefully, we can get underneath what the criticism was about, and if we missed anything.

I'm glad Andrew Garfield realizes while some people were "just being dicks" about THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, many fans did have legitimate complaints about the film. Garfield is obviously concerned about the franchise, and I can't say I blame him. It ended up being the lowest grossing and worst reviewed film from the franchise, which is saying something considering how many fans and critics hated Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN 3. I don't think it's completely fair to put all of the blame for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2's failures on Sony's head, but hopefully the studio won't meddle as much with the next movie.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 is scheduled to be released on May 4th, 2018, and apparently I missed that memo.

Source: The Daily Beast

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