Andrew Garfield says the role of comic book superhero Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot of the hit film franchise is a part that could last a lifetime.
“I could play this character for the rest of my life,” said Garfield at Comic-Con where the first few clips of the film were revealed. At the Comic-Con International, an event where tens of thousands of fans of comics and science-fiction stories gather annually, the makers of The Amazing Spider-Man delighted fans with a look at the film’s new crime fighter, Garfield.
The Amazing Spider-Man will land in theatres in 2012, and it has been pitched to fans of Peter Parker/ Spider-Man as a franchise reboot that takes the boy back to his roots as a gawky teenager who acquires the web-spinning capabilities and super strength.
The first three movies, starting with 2002’s Spider-Man, took in a whopping $2.5 billion worldwide, but the makers decided they wanted to continue thrilling loyal fans. So they hired Garfield — who has made a name for himself in Facebook film The Social Network — to portray Parker and director Marc Webb to breathe new life into the series.
“I think Webb wanted to make it as authentic as possible... what happens to this kid? What happens to a kid if he really truly gets these superpowers? But also what a real struggle it is to be a teenager,” said Garfield.
“This is really a lot of responsibility and I feel the responsibility of the symbol I was given to portray,” said the actor.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2011.
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