The neigh­bour­hood hasn’t al­ways been friendly to the Spi­der-Man re­boot but Andrew Garfield in­sists this ver­sion tells a very dif­fer­ent story

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES - CARIS BIZZACA

Andrew Garfield un­der­stands the gripes people had about The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man. It was re­leased just 10 years af­ter Tobey Maguire first played the web-sling­ing su­per­hero and Garfield was well aware he had to cover old ground.

But this time around, The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man 2: Rise Of Elec­tro couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent.

Garfield, who vis­ited Aus­tralia last month with Emma Stone, his girl­friend (both on­screen and off), says the pair could feel the dif­fer­ence the mo­ment they stepped on the set.

“We felt like ... we’re free, we’re lib­er­ated from the ori­gin story and we get to make this what­ever movie we want to make it,” he says from Syd­ney.

“We haven’t seen this Spi­der­Man story be­fore.”

This time around, Spi­der­Man is up against The Rhino (Paul Gia­matti), Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and Elec­tro (Jamie Foxx). Oh, and grow­ing up. Stone, who plays Spi­der­Man’s brainiac squeeze Gwen Stacy, says this flick takes place in those years be­tween 18-20, when you’re con­stantly chang­ing.

Apart from be­ing in­ter­est­ing to play, it also gave the 25-yearold a nice ex­cuse to re­live be­ing a teen.

“I think this is the last gasp of me re­liv­ing my teenage years, but I’m happy to have it,” she says, laugh­ing.

One of the big new bad­dies of Spi­der-Man 2, is Foxx’s Elec­tro, who starts off as the shy, nerdy­look­ing Max Dil­lon.

“Of­ten a vil­lain is just a vil­lain ... but the dif­fer­ence be­tween what Jamie’s done with Elec­tro is we feel for him and that is re­ally cool, be­cause you see why he’s be­come the vil­lain,” Garfield says.

While Foxx is new to the fran­chise, many play­ers in­clud­ing di­rec­tor Marc Webb re­turned. Stone says it was a thrill to come back.

“You never re­ally get to work with the same people over and over again in movies at all,” she says.

“You’re just sort of go­ing to dif­fer­ent camps for three months at a time and meet­ing all new friends, and then say­ing good­bye for­ever, so it’s hor­ri­bly emo­tion­ally scar­ring,” she jokes.

“But this was not that way, the scars did not have to heal.

“You just got to open yourself back up again to people that you love so it was re­ally good.”

While it’s up in the air whether Stone’s char­ac­ter will re­turn for a third film, Garfield is def­i­nitely on-board.

He says he doesn’t know any­thing about the fourth in­stal­ment which is due for re­lease in 2018.

With at least an­other few years ded­i­cated to play­ing Peter Parker, Garfield is proud to be a part of the ride.

opens to­day.

Andrew Garfield as Spi­der-Man

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