Published on September 19th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds
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 toÂ have beenÂ massive Spider-Man geek since the tender age of four.
Sharing his inspiration he toldÂ 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 didnâ€™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,Â 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 Iâ€™d do it just to be able to play as Spider-Man. Thatâ€™s like a childhood fantasy come to life. Itâ€™s an adult fantasy, as well. Iâ€™m still climbing up the door frames in my house. Itâ€™s just a bigger space Iâ€™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 bendÂ his body into that ofÂ a Skyscraper swinging,Â wall punchin’, Aunt MayÂ 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 itâ€™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.