Spider-Man uses a web to catch criminals just like flies (it’s in the theme song!) But, for Andrew Garfield, playing the super-hero in the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ films felt like HE was the one stuck in a creative ‘prison!’
Fans hoping to see Andrew Garfield, 32, portray Spider-Man again are going to be disappointed. The former star of The Amazing Spider-Man ditched the red-and-blue costume and he’s not looking back. The pressures of the role were too much for Andrew and he’d rather make a movie that’s “worth the price of entry.”
Andrew was promoting his new film, 99 Homes, when he spoke to IndieWire about his tenure as the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Andrew was replaced by 19-year-old Tom Holland for the next movie, but he was happy he didn’t have to play Peter Parker anymore.
“The pressure to get it right, to please everyone…it’s not going to happen,” Andrew said. “You end up pleasing no one, or everyone just a little bit. Like ‘Eh, that was good.'” Andrew is being hard on himself. 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man has 72% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, which seems like a lot of audiences enjoyed his take on the character. Unfortunately, the sequel didn’t fare as well. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which came out in 2014, has a 53% rating. Yikes.
While Andrew said he would still be “up for the challenge” of playing a character like Spider-Man again, he’s glad that he no longer has to put on the red-and-blue costume. For him, filmmaking is “trying to infuse [the movie] 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,” said Andrew, “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,” Andrew added, before dashing the hopes of anyone who wanted to see him as Spider-Man again. “I can’t live that way; it sounds like a prison, to be honest, living within those expectations.”
While Andrew is glad he’s no longer Spidey, he has nothing but praise for Tom as his replacement. While speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Andrew said that Tom is “a really, really great actor” and that “his body is the right [form]” for the part. Andrew also said that he’s “really excited to just be a fan again as opposed to bearing the weight of it.”
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— Jason Brow