Following a year of critical acclaim for his performances in both The Social Network and Never Let Me Go, Andrew Garfield spoke with Jason Solomons of The Guardian about his currently-in-production leading role in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man.
“We started shooting two weeks ago and then we have Christmas off,” Garfield said, “Then we’re back into it for, gosh, a fair bit of time… I’m going to have to hibernate into this character for at least four or five months… I feel like a kid in my pyjamas. I can only say how it feels and it feels pretty special. It feels like a dream realized and a fantasy realized. Again, I don’t take it lightly and I feel incredibly lucky that I get to wear spandex for the next couple of months.”
When questioned about the physical workout required for playing the superhero, Garfield again confirmed that his take on Peter Parker is as a teenager:
“I think Spider-Man needs strength, but Peter Parker is still a teenager, you know? That’s a very tender balance to figure out. It’s very specific what we’re trying to achieve in terms of body type and the feeling of that. Rest assured, there’s a lot of people helping me with that because I have no discipline in that respect. My father’s a swimming coach and I kind of rebelled against that very early on. Any kind of exercise routine has to be cracked with a pretty firm whip.”
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