Andrew Garfield has spoken candidly about his experience playing Spider-Man, admitting he was left “heartbroken” by the way his films were “compromised”.
The British actor played the webslinger in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and its 2014 sequel. Both films performed more than respectably at the box office, but Sony made the decision to team with Marvel for another franchise reboot instead of making a third Garfield-led movie.
“There were great things about it, I got to work with incredible actors, a really great director,” Garfield told Variety. “I learned a lot about what feels good and what doesn’t feel good, and what to say ‘yes’ to. There’s something about being that young in that kind of machinery which I think is really dangerous…”
He added: “I was still young enough to struggle with the value system, I suppose, of corporate America really, it’s a corporate enterprise mostly.”
Continuing, Garfield admitted he felt frustrated by the way the film’s narrative and character-driven elements were ultimately deemed of secondary importance.
He explained: “There’s something that happened with that experience for me where story and character were actually not top of the priority list, ultimately. And I found that really, really tricky. I signed up to serve the story and to serve this incredible character that I’ve been dressing as since I was three, and then it gets compromised and it breaks my heart. I got heartbroken a little bit, to a certain degree. Not entirely.”
The franchise’s reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, finished shooting in October and hits cinema screens next July. Director Jon Watts has recently shared some fresh behind-the-scenes footage featuring Tom Holland, the young British actor who has succeeded Garfield as the webslinger.