There’s no bad blood between Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. The Spider-Men recently sat down for an interview in VMan magazine during which they discussed the pros and cons of being a webslinger. And best of all, Maguire gave some much-needed advice on preparing for the Spider-Man phenomenon.
Maguire played reporter to Garfield, who was the magazine’s cover story. He discussed his run in the Broadway play Death of a Salesman, and of course, his role in The Amazing Spider-Man. Maguire revealed he was extremely happy when he learned Garfield and Marc Webb were taking over the Spidey-reigns.
“Actually, when it was coming together, I was particularly excited at two moments: one was when [director] Marc Webb got involved. I think he’s an interesting and cool choice. And then I was certainly curious as to who was going to play Peter Parker. When I heard it was you, I was literally like, F–king perfect! I just want it to be great, and I thought, ‘What a great actor Andrew is, I’m glad that’s what’s happening here.'”
Since Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes around, Garfield can expect his career to change. He’s aware of the attention the role brings, but apprehensive about the effect it will have on his life.
“The main thing I’m thinking about and worrying about is what happens after this movie comes out. What was your experience when you became Spider-Man in people’s eyes? I’m interested to hear what you have to say about the whole life change that it brings. Because right now I have a host of fears that I’m contending with on a minute-to-minute basis. I’m not in the reality of it yet, so I’m sure I’m imagining it will be much worse than it is. I admire you so much because you’re an actor and that’s all you’ve ever been and all you ever will be. It must be very hard to hold on to the simple fact of wanting to be an actor, to tell stories and not have your image become bigger than your art. Do you have a recollection of a definite change, or was it a seamless thing?”
Maguire went on to share his experience, which occurred 10 years ago, this month!
“The first Harry Potter came out about six months before us and it was this phenomenon from Day One. It was so wild because it was a new thing at that moment—and I’m not saying that hasn’t happened in movie history, but at the time that was a big jump. And then that happened with us. People didn’t anticipate [2002’s Spider- Man] to be like that. Leading up to it you start to get reactions and people tell you, you know, what the tracking is and what range your opening weekend box office is likely to be? But for me it was kind of unexpected. So much shifted in my life the weekend the movie came out. It was shocking.”
Isn’t it great to see the love and admiration between these two? We smell a bromance brewing.
The Amazing Spider-Man opens in theaters July 3.