Looking back in reflection, “The Amazing Spider-Man” films will likely become a forgotten era of the webslinger – sandwiched between the immensely popular Sam Raimi films and the now Marvel controlled-era. There’s little doubt though that the best thing about the two films made were its co-stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
Garfield participated in an ‘Actors on Actors’ interview series recently and revealed to Amy Adams that portraying the hero left him a little ‘heartbroken’ over what happened with it. Commercial interests took priority and left the character himself a small cog in a big machine:
“I’m loath to judge that experience and paint it as a whole. But there were great things about it. I got to work with incredible actors and a really great director.
I was very young for a man – I was 25, 26 – and I felt young in retrospect. I’d only done a few films, and I was feeling so in the right place… I felt guided into it, and I knew it was the right thing for me to do. I learned a lot about what feels good and what doesn’t feel good and what to say yes to.
There’s something about being that young in that kind of machinery which I think is really dangerous. I was still young enough to struggle with the value system, I suppose, of corporate America. It’s a corporate enterprise mostly.
There’s something that happened with that experience for me where story and character were not actually top of the priority list, ultimately. And I found that really, really tricky. I signed up to serve the story, and to serve this incredible character that I’ve been dressing as since I was three, and then it gets compromised and it breaks your heart. I got heartbroken a little bit to a certain degree. Not entirely.”
Adams herself is familiar with that sensation, playing the role of Lois Lane in DC’s extended universe of films that began with “Man of Steel”:
“That’s the tricky thing with Lois, that I find is, I love playing her, I love everyone I work with, but sometimes it’s tricky because I feel she’s in service of the story instead of the story serving the character. That sometimes can be tricky when you show up and you really wanna retain a character and you have to serve the story….in a perfect universe they all work together.”
The full 32-minute interview is now live on Variety’s website.