Did Andrew Garfield Fail as Spider-Man?
A new Spider-Man swung his way into Captain America 3: Civil War with positive reception, yet the questions still stands: will Spider-Man: Homecoming live to rest of the films?
Andrew Garfield, the previous actor for Sony’s Spider-Man, speaks up about the recast, as he does not feel like he did justice to the character.
"Well, [I feel] nothing, because I was never Spider-Man. Because Spider-Man’s a fictional character. He’s not real. You know what’s funny, to give you the vulnerable answer, I thought I was going to be Spider-Man, you know? I went into it going...ego shit came in. It’s like, ‘Okay, here it is. I’m f***ing Spider-Man. I f***ing made it.’ All that shit. I didn’t actually make it. I was never Spider-Man.
"I was the actor that I am. The person that I am. Struggling with trying to match up with something that I’d elevated so high in my mind. Elevated beyond what I could attain, what I could achieve. The great thing is, that’s what Peter Parker was doing as well. Peter Parker created this symbol that he couldn’t live up to. It was never enough. He never felt enough, and I never felt enough. I never felt like I was able to do enough. And I couldn’t rescue those films...even though I didn’t sleep."
Andrew Garfield then expressed how much pressure he faced being involved.
"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."
But Andrew Garfield’s experience has not discouraged him from accepting any potential superhero roles. He’s willing to jump onto another big budget franchise. I think Garfield can redeem himself. Think back to Ben Affleck’s role in Daredevil and look at his role as Batman in Dawn of Justice.
Andrew Garfield is a great young actor who will make an impact in Hollywood one day in a comic book character role.