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Was Andrew Garfield hired to play Spider-Man because of the way he ate a cheeseburger?

Apr. 18, 2012by:

In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, director Marc Webb dished quite a bit about his journey on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, from casting to the high school setting, and the themes covered in the film:

On casting Andrew Garfield based on his cheeseburger eating skills:

"We were doing a scene that's not in the movie, where he was eating a cheeseburger and telling Gwen to like calm down or to -- trying to put her at ease, while he is eating food.  And the way he ate this food -- it was such a dumb task -- such a dumb independent activity that you give to an actor to do, and he did it. [Laughs] I just felt like we were in a diner.  We were in the back of the soundstage and I felt like there's something in the way he embodied and committed to that really tiny minutia -- I just hadn't seen before. I can't explain exactly what I felt like it worked, but that was it."

On the high school setting:

"There's an adolescent quality to a lot of the "Spider-Man" [comics] that I liked, that is really important in terms of the DNA of the character.  He's like an imperfect guy.  You know what I'm mean? He is a kid, and he's always kind of making mistakes, and he is not so sure about himself all the time.  I felt like the authentic place to start that was in high school. And I think there's something about the way you feel about the world at that age that makes things much more raw, and I thought that was really fun to explore more cinematically."

On fan reaction to the film promo's thus far:

"I think initially there was a little bit of hesitation amongst the community because they didn't know what we were doing. And when the materials -- when we have gone out and showed people the materials, people have really started to warm up to us, and I think that there's been -- recently, especially since the last trailer -- there's been this real groundswell of support. And when they see Andrew and Emma, there's something that feels new and really special about it that's fun.

I can't say it's totally surprising because when we were shooting it, you could feel that we're doing something that felt real and different and new and it had its own identity and I think people are coming around to that."

On adapting the comic to film:

Webb wanted "to create something that's funny and whimsical, but also has real emotional stakes.  That's the real tricky part is to make it all feel grounded even though he is doing something, even though he's swinging through the streets and he can do things that no other human can do.  But still give him a hard time when he's relating to his aunt or his girlfriend, and all those dumb little things that we all have to deal with when you don't have that mask on.  I think reconciling those two universes was tricky, but I think that people really react to it."

On feeling the "great power comes great responsibility" in working on a big studio film:

Sure, people quote that to you a lot.  And you do feel as sense of responsibility, but I also wanted to have fun.  And create a world that was fun and lively, but still honored some of the more tragic elements of the movie, but still had whimsy and romance.  That was all really, really important to me, but, yeah, you can't help but to feel a little bit of pressure.  But if you start going down that road, it's sort of a slippery slope.

And there you have it.  Webb seems like a good guy who wants to make a good film.  I'm just not sure if he did (obviously, since I haven't seen it yet).  Out of all the big-budget summer flicks coming out this summer I have the most reservations about this one.  I hope it ends up being the biggest surprise.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN opens on July 3, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: Do you prefer high school Spidey or grown-up Spidey? I'm a grown-up Spidey guy myself. I've seen enough of the origin bullshit and would like to see Peter progress in the world rather than spin his wheels, Simpsons-style.
Source: Yahoo! Movies

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8:37AM on 04/19/2012
I love Spider Man and (500) Days of Summer too much, NOT to give this a benefit of a doubt.

I really think this film is going to surprise alot of people and think it will be great. I just really want to see Spidey on the big screen again saving the day.
I love Spider Man and (500) Days of Summer too much, NOT to give this a benefit of a doubt.

I really think this film is going to surprise alot of people and think it will be great. I just really want to see Spidey on the big screen again saving the day.
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6:32AM on 04/19/2012
well thats the happy meal toy deal confirmed
well thats the happy meal toy deal confirmed
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9:41PM on 04/18/2012
Most pointless story ever posted on here. Still won't get me interested in The Emo version of Spider-Man
Most pointless story ever posted on here. Still won't get me interested in The Emo version of Spider-Man
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7:52PM on 04/18/2012

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I much prefer the high school or college Spider-man. I think his archetype works much better when school is added to his juggling of family, work, and friends with his superhero life. I think Spider-man should always be a youthful hero. It's a smart move to go with a younger actor could help them with a longer franchise.
I much prefer the high school or college Spider-man. I think his archetype works much better when school is added to his juggling of family, work, and friends with his superhero life. I think Spider-man should always be a youthful hero. It's a smart move to go with a younger actor could help them with a longer franchise.
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8:11AM on 04/19/2012
Andrew Garfield is roughly the same age Maguire was when he started. We'll see if it leads to a longer franchise or not.
Andrew Garfield is roughly the same age Maguire was when he started. We'll see if it leads to a longer franchise or not.
6:49PM on 04/19/2012
Honestly I didn't feel like looking that up but either way Andrew looks much younger and really that's what matters to my point
Honestly I didn't feel like looking that up but either way Andrew looks much younger and really that's what matters to my point
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6:25PM on 04/18/2012
I don't get the negativity, do people really want the charmless previous actor back? Who was even older and even kind of stocky? And who didn't wisecrack at all? And who operated in a kind of- in spite of a lot of popcorn fun- an infantile soap-opera setting?
I don't get the negativity, do people really want the charmless previous actor back? Who was even older and even kind of stocky? And who didn't wisecrack at all? And who operated in a kind of- in spite of a lot of popcorn fun- an infantile soap-opera setting?
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7:44PM on 04/18/2012
I would say most of that was the writing and direction than the actor, it only gotten worse when the writing in the sequels were tailor more towards Tobey than pushing him to be more like Spider-man. He voiced the video games which had much more wise cracking and charm. He was very good at that. Too bad it wasn't in the actual films.
I would say most of that was the writing and direction than the actor, it only gotten worse when the writing in the sequels were tailor more towards Tobey than pushing him to be more like Spider-man. He voiced the video games which had much more wise cracking and charm. He was very good at that. Too bad it wasn't in the actual films.
8:26PM on 04/18/2012
I don't get the notion that negativity towards this new Spiderman film automatically equates a desire for a return of the formula from the Raimi films.

Don't get me wrong, the third Raimi film with the previous actor sucked deeply.

But the notion that the new effeminate Twilight reminiscent angst ridden WB style teenybopper soap opera they're promoting somehow isn't infantile; is just an exercise in fooling yourself.

I'm not saying that a new incarnation of Spiderman couldn't be
I don't get the notion that negativity towards this new Spiderman film automatically equates a desire for a return of the formula from the Raimi films.

Don't get me wrong, the third Raimi film with the previous actor sucked deeply.

But the notion that the new effeminate Twilight reminiscent angst ridden WB style teenybopper soap opera they're promoting somehow isn't infantile; is just an exercise in fooling yourself.

I'm not saying that a new incarnation of Spiderman couldn't be great.

But I am saying that this particular one just doesn't look it'll fit that bill.
10:43PM on 04/18/2012
Garfield is skinny, fun, charismatic, this film looks much better grounded in reality. Makes me worry about puny Parker bravely facing dangers even with his new powers. We shall see how it turns out but this sure looks a lot better to me.
Garfield is skinny, fun, charismatic, this film looks much better grounded in reality. Makes me worry about puny Parker bravely facing dangers even with his new powers. We shall see how it turns out but this sure looks a lot better to me.
5:49PM on 04/19/2012
I honestly don't see the fun and charisma you're seeing.

Rather, I see a mediocre actor that's being propped up as a visually Edward-esque heart throb.
I'm also not sure that a film about a guy in red and blue spandex with spider super powers necessarily needs to be grounded in reality.

From my perspective, the film looks to be more about emo teenage angst than anything else. Snooze.
I honestly don't see the fun and charisma you're seeing.

Rather, I see a mediocre actor that's being propped up as a visually Edward-esque heart throb.
I'm also not sure that a film about a guy in red and blue spandex with spider super powers necessarily needs to be grounded in reality.

From my perspective, the film looks to be more about emo teenage angst than anything else. Snooze.
5:48PM on 04/18/2012

I have a good feeling about this...

garfield could very well define this role, and if anybody had any doubts about stone, look at the shot of them together, the outfit on her? ridiculous...its like romita brought to life. Tidbit: mid thirties Spidey - unmarried
garfield could very well define this role, and if anybody had any doubts about stone, look at the shot of them together, the outfit on her? ridiculous...its like romita brought to life. Tidbit: mid thirties Spidey - unmarried
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4:38PM on 04/18/2012
Burger slinging action!
Burger slinging action!
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3:58PM on 04/18/2012
He liked the adolescent quality so much he cast a guy who's nearly 30. What a bullshit interview.
He liked the adolescent quality so much he cast a guy who's nearly 30. What a bullshit interview.
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3:53PM on 04/18/2012
I would much rather see an adult Spidey. I am looking forward to early reviews to see what Webb was able to do with another origin story.
I would much rather see an adult Spidey. I am looking forward to early reviews to see what Webb was able to do with another origin story.
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3:47PM on 04/18/2012
Well if there's anything they got right about this reboot, it's Garfield and Stone.
Well if there's anything they got right about this reboot, it's Garfield and Stone.
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3:39PM on 04/18/2012
Skinny hipsters with food... how ironic. I'm so "meh" about this reboot. I could care less. Mind you, I'm a huge Marvel fan. They need to regain film rights to that franchise.
Skinny hipsters with food... how ironic. I'm so "meh" about this reboot. I could care less. Mind you, I'm a huge Marvel fan. They need to regain film rights to that franchise.
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3:36PM on 04/18/2012
Paul: "Oooooh, that's an interesting article - one I can add some of my hilarious photoshopping skills to!"
Paul: "Oooooh, that's an interesting article - one I can add some of my hilarious photoshopping skills to!"
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3:48PM on 04/18/2012
Paul: "I hope topchambers chimes in on this one!"
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3:49PM on 04/18/2012
You're a funny kid top.
You're a funny kid top.
4:36PM on 04/18/2012
Twilight in Tights.
Twilight in Tights.
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