'Spider-Man' gives 'The Amazing Spider-Man' some words of wisdom
There have been many occasions in which one star passed the keys to a major
franchise to another, from "Spider-Man" and "Superman" to "Bond" and "Batman."
But it may be unprecedented to have the former hero interview the new recruit
for an extended magazine interview right before the opening of their debut movie
as the character.
In the new issue of VMAN, on stands May 17, original big-screen Spidey Tobey Maguire interviews new Peter
Parker Andrew Garfield in a candid
conversation about costumes, cattle calls and great expectations.
"When ['The Amazing Spider-Man'] was coming
together, I was particularly excited at two moments: one was when [director]
Marc Webb got involved. I think he's an interesting and cool choice. And then I
was certainly curious as to who was going to play Peter Parker," Maguire tells
Garfield. "When I heard it was you, I was literally like, [f-ing] perfect! I
just want it to be great, and I thought, what a great actor Andrew is, I'm glad
that's what's happening here."
"Oh, man," gushes Garfield. "That's so nice of you." The 28-year-old star of
such films as "The Social Network" and "Never Let Me Go" was eager to know how Maguire's
life changed that comes along with the fame of being Spider-Man, saying, "Right
now I have a host of fears that I'm contending with on a minute-to-minute basis.
I'm not in the reality of it yet, so I'm sure I'm imagining it will be much
worse than it is."
"So much shifted in my life the weekend the movie came out. It was shocking,"
says Maguire. "It was a lot more attention than what I was used to. But for you,
you seem to be more prepared for it than I was. Hopefully it won't be as violent
for you from one day to the next."
The original Spider-Man was the first Hollywood blockbuster to cross the $100
million mark on its opening weekend back in 2002. Overall, the Sam
Raimi-directed trilogy pulled in $2.5 billion at the box office.
"Just remember to enjoy the ride," advises Maguire. "It will be fun, I'm
sure. And weird. And all kinds of things. But enjoy the ride. And then get back
to work soon!"
As for the future of Spider-Man, Andrew is grounded and philosophical about
his role in the franchise: "I'm the guy in the suit and there'll be another guy
in the suit later on down the line. This whole celebrity myth is very new and
interesting to me, whether one can just be an actor and also be in one of these
roles. & I know that I love acting, and that's pretty much it."
"The Amazing Spider-Man" swings into theaters July 3.