movies: Meet Spi­der-man’s new Peter Parker

The Amaz­ing Spi­der-man star An­drew Garfield was dis­il­lu­sioned by his role, writes Sherna Noah

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H OL­LY­WOOD star An­drew Garfield ad­mits mak­ing the lat­est Spi­derMan movie left him feel­ing dis­il­lu­sioned.

The 28-year-old Bri­tish ac­tor, who shot to fame in Face­book film The So­cial

Net­work, plays the su­per­hero in new block­buster The Amaz­ing


He tells the Ra­dio Times he dreamt of re­turn­ing to ‘‘sim­pler times’’ of ‘‘strug­gling . . . au­di­tion­ing and get­ting turned down (and) won­der­ing if I’m ever go­ing to get an­other job’’.

Garfield says he ‘‘lost a bit of in­no­cence’’ thanks to his high-pro­file Spi­der-Man role.

‘‘To achieve what you set out to achieve and re­alise it’s not what you want, it’s dis­ap­point­ing,’’ he says.

‘‘This role had been some­thing I’d al­ways, al­ways wanted to do. Then you re­alise it’s like any other act­ing job.

‘‘Some days it’s great, oth­ers you feel lost. And I’d al­ways felt that if I got cer­tain roles then I’d be set for life, emo­tion­ally, pro­fes­sion­ally. It would be Utopia.

‘‘But you never get to Utopia. The dream has be­come re­al­ity.’’

Garfield, who once bought pi­rate copies of pre­vi­ous

Spi­der-Man films be­cause he was so des­per­ate to see them be­fore they hit the cin­ema, says pro­duc­ers now hand him roles as a short-cut to get their movies made.

‘‘It seems flat­ter­ing but it isn’t. It’s like: ‘Are you kid­ding me? I can’t ac­tu­ally play a 50-year-old black, male pros­ti­tute’,’’ he says.

‘‘I wasn’t of­fered that . . . but it’s scary, be­ing treated so nicely. Maybe it’s se­duc­tive if you be­lieve in it. I don’t, I see it for what it is.’’ The ac­tor, who dates co-star Emma Stone, was bul­lied at pri­mary school and says play­ing 17-year-old high school geek Peter Parker ‘‘wasn’t ac­tu­ally much of a stretch’’.

‘‘It’s a hor­ri­ble time of your life. But I still feel like I’m in that chap­ter. I’m un­sure, in­se­cure, awk­ward in my body,’’ he said.

‘‘I def­i­nitely haven’t shed that skin. I still feel like I am my past.’’

The star, whose fa­ther is Amer­i­can and mother is from Es­sex, says: ‘‘I used to be very com­pet­i­tive. Now I’m not sure there’s any such thing as win­ning.’’

The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man opens on Mon­day.

An­drew Garfield as Spi­der-Man in a scene from The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man.

An­drew Garfield as Spi­der-Man in a scene with Emma Stone

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