Andrew Garfield Talks About His 'Spider-Sense' and Fear of Fame

Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man at Comic-Con 2011

When The Amazing Spider-Man was first announced, there were plenty of people who were suspicious of a new Spider-Man reboot so soon after Sam Raimi's trilogy (including yours truly). Slowly but surely, however, it seems like the tide has turned in favor of the film.

In part, the change in opinion comes from the film's impressive cast and its enjoyable first trailer. However, arguably the biggest reason people are getting behind The Amazing Spider-Man is the web-slinger himself, Andrew Garfield.

Beginning with his moving speech at Comic-Con, Garfield has been winning fans over with his sincere love and appreciation for the character of Spider-Man. The rising young star continues to impress in an interview today with the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex blog.

Lots of actors spend time researching their roles prior to filming, deciding how their character should speak, move, and react to others. In his preparation for Spider-Man, however, Andrew Garfield took his research to the extreme. Dedicated to understanding Peter Parker's physicality after his transformation, Garfield spent time studying the anatomy and physiology of spiders.

"What would having spider DNA constituting a percentage of your blood — what would that do? So I studied spiders, I studied their movements and how they operate in the world and I tried to incorporate as much of that as I could. He’s a boy/spider in terms of how he moves, and not just in the suit. It also shapes the way he interacts with people. A spider is so sensitive; their skin is sensitive to everything. That’s the thing with the spider sense and the way he takes in everything. Imagine all of your skin was as sensitive as a spider, the slightest gust of wind would feel like a tornado going by. You’d always be rushing, that rush. What does that do to you? The idea of how he adjusts to that. And I looked at the idea of having more legs, more arms, and the spacial awareness. A spider moves up, down, side-to-side, all around. He’s not linear and with the knowledge of that spatial awareness and the fact that he can be here and then over there incredibly fast. The stillness of a spider and the lightness I found all of that very interesting to explore as well."

On the surface, Garfield's comments are somewhat laughable. It's doubtful that audiences will be able to recognize a marked difference in the way Parker moves pre and post-transformation. However, the fact that he's even considering these kinds of issues speaks volumes to the level of commitment he's put into the role.

You have to admire an actor who is as dedicated as Garfield, particularly when you consider how much of a risk taking on this role was in the first place. In the interview, Garfield speaks to the fear that came along with accepting such a high-profile project and his desire to lead a relatively normal life - in spite of his likely international fame.

"I don’t like to think about [the fame]. It terrifies me... The visibility thing — the being a more visible actor or just a more visible person in the world — was the one thing that deterred me. That was absolutely the one thing I questioned. Do I want to do this? I thought about it for a month, constantly... I did take the role, I took it on, and i don’t regret it. It’s meant something to me for all of my life. But I’m going to do my best to remain me."

Maintaining your privacy while being the face of a (very likely) billion dollar movie franchise can't be easy, but if anybody can do it, I'm betting it will be the level-headed and likable Garfield.

The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters next summer on July 3rd, 2012.

Source: LA Times

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