Over the weekend Andrew Garfield attended the Telluride Film Festival where Never Let Me Go, starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Garfield himself, was screened. Naturally people wanted to ask him about Spider-Man, and he spoke about how he is preparing physically and mentally for the role.
From Risky Business:
Have you been prepping for Spider-Man?
I have been waiting for this phone call for 24 years, for someone to call me up and say, “Hey, we want you to pretend to be a character that you’ve always wanted to be all your life, and we’re going to do it with cool cameras and cool effects and you’re going to feel like you’re swinging through New York City. Do you want to do that?” [laughs] “Let me just consult with my seven-year old self and see what he thinks…” So my seven-year-old self started screaming in my soul and saying, This is what we’ve been waiting for. Like every young boy who feels stronger on the inside than they look on the outside, any skinny boy basically who wishes their muscles matched their sense of injustice, God, it’s just the stuff that dreams are made of, for sure. It’s a true fucking honor to be part of this symbol that I actually think is a very important symbol and it’s meant a great deal to me, and it continues to mean something to people. So yeah, I feel like I’ve been preparing for it for a while. Ever since Halloween when I was four years old and I wore my first Spider-Man costume.
Is there any other prep work you’ll need to do? Will you need to change your physicality or do training?
I’m sure there will be a bunch of that, yeah. Flexibility is my main focus right now. Making sure that I can be as flexible as possible. It’s all kind of starting up so I haven’t really got much to say about it.
Garfield has a few more month to increase his flexibility as shooting will begin in December. The last thing we heard Columbia and director Marc Webb were looking at a number of actresses to play the female lead (not Mary Jane), so that casting should be announced sometime soon.