Your Friendly Neighbourhood Garfield

Swinging his way onto the pages of SFX, the brand new Spider-Man and former Doctor Who guest star Andrew Garfield has been spinning yarns about his childhood love of old Web head.

The Epsom born actor who beat contemporaries Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Centre of the Earth) and Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) to the role, turns out to have been massive Spider-Man geek since the tender age of four.

Sharing his inspiration he told SFX;

He was just this skinny boy. He was a skinny boy who felt stronger on the inside than he looked on the outside, and I related to it immediately, and it stayed with me as I grew up. Every single generation of the comic, the cartoons and the movies, it all means a great deal to me. It was always something that gave me hope as a skinny little kid whose sense of injustice about the world didn’t match his sense of strength about his body. I found it so inspiring and uplifting and reassuring. To be a part of that mythology and that legacy is a true honour.

However, the 26 year-old, who in Doctor Who played Frank in Series Three’s lamented two parter Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks, is eager to shun the obvious attention he will receive after the rebooted franchise webs our screens in 2012;

We could be making a short film, a short Spider-Man film with an unknown director, with no money, and I’d do it just to be able to play as Spider-Man. That’s like a childhood fantasy come to life. It’s an adult fantasy, as well. I’m still climbing up the door frames in my house. It’s just a bigger space I’m going to be climbing in now, with a bit more money behind it, and the cameras filming it.

So far, Garfield has just begun planning a strict training regime, designed to bend his body into that of a Skyscraper swinging, wall punchin’, Aunt May fire-lifting hero.

Meanwhile The Greatest Doctor Who Companion That Never Was, Carey Mulligan, his co-star in Mark Romanek’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, reckons he’ll bring the same devotion to the role as Heath Ledger brought to The Joker for The Dark Knight;

Andrew has no other way of working other than doing things with complete truth. I know that Andrew will play the truth of what it’s like to be that man in that situation.

Before donning the Spidey pajamas, Garfield can next be seen in David Fincher’s The Social Network which is released on the 15 October in the UK.

Never Let Me Go is Released on 21st January 2011.

(via SFX)

Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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