Andrew Garfield studying spiders to prepare for role in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

But 'Social Network' star admits prospect of heightened fame is 'terrifying'

Andrew Garfield has revealed his meticulous preparations for his role in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot – including studying spiders.

The Social Network star will play Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter-ego in The Amazing Spider-Man, which is due for release in summer 2012.

He told the Los Angeles Times that he’s delved deep into the biological make-up of spiders to get in the right mindset for the role.

Garfield said:

I studied spiders, I studied their movements and how they operate in the world and I tried to incorporate as much of that as I could. He’s a boy/spider in terms of how he moves, and not just in the suit. It also shapes the way he interacts with people.

He continued:

I looked at the idea of having more legs, more arms, and the spacial awareness. A spider moves up, down, side-to-side, all around. He’s not linear and with the knowledge of that spatial awareness and the fact that he can be here and then over there incredibly fast.

Garfield also spoke about the prospect of heightened fame as a result of taking on the role – and admitted the glare of the spotlight “terrifies me”.

The actor has previously stated that the character of Spider-Man saved his life as a child during an emotional speech at Comic-Con in San Diego in July.

The Amazing Spider-Man is due to be released in the US and UK on July 3, 2012 – click below to see the teaser trail. Studio Columbia Pictures has already pencilled in its sequel for a May 2, 2014 release.
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