Entertainment — 02 July 2012
Spider-Man Site Has a New ‘Web Master’

By Kevin Chill Heard

Special to the NNPA from the Call and Post

Andrew Garfield Talks to Chill About Swinging into Tobey’s Old Gig

In what has been referred to as a “re-boot” of the Marvel movie Spider-Man franchise, Andrew Garfield shakes the cobwebs off Tobey’s blue and red suit (actually a newer more hi-tech suit) to go mondo web crawling.

For the most part, Spider-Man has had only one film face – the face of Tobey McGuire. Well, it seems that even our favorite summer-blockbusting web-slinger was due a make-over.

In what has been referred to as a “re-boot” of the Marvel movie Spider-Man franchise, Andrew Garfield shakes the cobwebs off Tobey’s blue and red suit (actually a newer more hi-tech suit) to go mondo web crawling.

In New York City with a chance to check on Garfield in the new role as our favorite web-slinger, we asked about the former web-slinger.

“To my knowledge, [Tobey] hasn’t seen the movie but I got feedback from him through casting, when I got cast,” said Garfield. “[Getting that from Tobey] was very, very, generous and made me feel I could take the torch with confidence. It’s a testament to him as a person and that we’re all part of that Spider-Man family.”

Garfield, who is currently making his Broadway debut in the revival of the famed Arthur Miller, prize-winning play “Death of a Salesman,” said “In terms of how I approached this, I just wanted to honor the character, Peter Parker slash Spider-Man.”

In this new rendition of an old comic book classic, “The Amazing Spider-Man” takes us further into the back-story of young Peter Parker, which also includes a love interest – not named Mary Jane! But along with a new story also comes with a new look.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” shot in 3D provides an interesting and exciting look to the story.

But one thing that will never change in the telling of the story and that’s this super hero swings! Garfield beams at the thought of swinging through the film. “I had an amazing time,” exclaimed the newest webmaster. “[They pushed me] … told me to go beyond what I thought I could do and that I would surprise myself.”

As a young boy, Garfield dressed as Spider-Man for Halloween. The lifelong fan said “Swinging [in the film] was a spiritually overwhelming experience. The physical sensation [of swinging] is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was 3-years-old, I got to live that out! I’m entirely grateful to everyone at Sony Pictures for allowing me to do it.”

In addition to the character’s iconic swinging also comes the well-know wrist web shooting. Unfortunately for Garfield, while technicians allowed him to swing, web shooting was limited to computer graphics.

“It was a nice exercise in imagination. To know that I could do whatever I want and have them add in [during] post was quite liberating, but it would have been awesome if [the webs] were real,” the would-be real web shooter shared.

In closing, Garfield comments on the thought often suggested at the very heart of the Spider-Man dogma, that he is a vigilante. “What’s cool about this movie is that he discovers the power of what he’s created. He doesn’t create this symbol with any kind of high-mindedness. He creates it so he can protect himself as he’s searching for his uncle’s killer. But I think that he is a vigilante for a period of this story. I think it’s in a lot of teens to use their powers to rebel in a way that they are not thinking responsibly. I think that whole section is Peter running away from his feelings and the pain, but then he realizes that he’s created something that is bigger than him that could be used for good.”

“The Amazing Spider-Man” is rated PG-13 and opens nationwide July 13.

 

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