Garfield: Being “Spider-Man” Was A ‘Prison’

With Spider-Man now firmly behind him, and his new indie film “99 Homes” to promote, actor Andrew Garfield has spoken more openly about his run as Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man” movies and his overall dissatisfaction with making such a large scale film that tries to be so wide appealing.

Though Garfield won’t go into details about the behind the scenes issues on both films, he tells The Playlist that the pressure and the way the franchise plays it safe ultimately turned it into a not fun experience:

“The pressure to get it right, to please everyone… it’s not going to happen…You end up pleasing no one, or everyone just a little bit. Like, ‘Eh, that was good.’ [The films are] mass-marketed, like ‘We want 50-year-old white men to love it, gay teenagers to love it, bigot homophobes in Middle America to love it, 11-year-old girls to love it.’ That’s canning Coke.

So that aspect of it was a bummer. Especially for the group of us trying to infuse it with soul, trying to make it unique, something that was worth the price of entry. It was about authenticity, flavor, and truth, but at the same time, I understand people want to make a lot of money, and they’re going to spend a lot of money so the playpen can be as big as it was.

I can’t live that way; it sounds like a prison, to be honest, living within those expectations. With a film like [“The Amazing Spider-Man”], there’s so much projection and expectation that is inherent in taking on a story and character like that. I was well up for the challenge, and I still am. I’m not going to shy away from something that a lot of people are going to see. [frick] it, bring it on, life’s short”

Before being dumped by Sony who’ve opted to retool the franchise once again, Garfield tells Uproxx that he and writer Alex Kurtzman had started to workshop ideas for a third one and how the end of the second film and his emotional state would’ve directly influenced the next movie.

Speaking of Spider-Man, Latino Review has posted a rumor suggesting that the web-shooters Tom Holland’s version of the character will employ in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t be either organic (like Maguire’s Spidey) or something he invented himself (like Garfield’s Spidey). Instead, they could be an invention of a certain Tony Stark.

There’s zero confirmation of this rumor as yet, so take it with a major grain of salt.