Andrew Garfield is the world’s new hero, stepping in as Spider-Man and, although we don’t need any more reasons as to why we should love the man behind mask, Swide have decided to share the 10 things that we love about him.
1) The spotlight won’t be giving Andrew an ego anytime soon as, even thought his star has risen to new heights, he remains humble, if not slightly guilty. He says part of the guilt comes from. ‘being Jewish and, yes, I'm sure it stems from being privileged. I was brought up in a middle class home. I went to private school. And I was always very aware of me not earning that’. It’s nice to know that the handsome star won’t be flashing the cash like many have done in the past.
2) Yes, he has piercing eyes and a beautiful smile, but actually Andrew's trademark is his large adam's apple. Don't believe me? Take another look. Now you do, don't you? It’s important for the acting types to have distinguishable features… Buuuut I bet you never thought that an adam’s apple would cut it, ay?
3) There is no denying that Garfield is a handsome chap, but the Spidey boy doesn’t rely on his looks to get the votes. He proved this when he starred in innovative director Spike Jones’ short film, ‘I’m Here’, a love story in which two robots roam a contemporary Los Angeles, and the amount of emotion that Garfield was able to give the audience, even with his face fully masked, was a clear indicator that this guy had talent (kinda like what were hoping to get from his role as Spider-man, masked emotion and all that).
4) We know he’s a sweet-talker but it seems he can talk his way out of anything. In an interview with GQ magazine he regaled the time he talked his way out of a mugging by claiming he was on his way home from a funeral. "When I was in Swiss Cottage (north London), going to my girlfriend's and this guy caught me and told me to empty my pockets, and I was so desperate that I lied and said, 'Listen, I've just come from my mother's funeral!' It was an awful thing to say, but it worked, and it made him see me (as a person), and he sat on the steps with me for 10 minutes instead, comforting me... 10 minutes? We know you can act but that’s some impressive improv.
5) Andrew Garfield is practically built for the Spider Role and evidence of this can even be traced back to his early years. Whilst growing up in Surrey, little Garfield dabbled in the world of the gymnast, meaning that when he bagged the role of Peter Parker he was already used to flinging himself about and taking a few tumbles for the sake of his art… although I’m guessing he wasn’t swinging on spider silk attached to skyscrapers, then.
6) He's about do us proud as the new Spider-man. But does he remember the original hero? Apparently, yes. He revealed that, ‘I was 19 when I saw [Spider-Man]. I got a pirated DVD at Portobello Market with my friend Terry McGuiness, and we went back to my skanky apartment in North London and we watched it twice in a row and then practiced the final line in the mirror!… Terry has this thick accent and every time I would recite that line he would laugh this very distinct laugh and say, ‘No, man, you could never be fucking Spider-Man. You’ll never be fucking Spider-Man!’ I was so humiliated and upset. But, um…fuck you, Terry!” Well said, Andrew.
Andrew Garfield in Dolce&Gabbana
7) Ever the established stars are hyped that Garfield is going to be slipping on the ol’ spider suit. We all know Toby Maguire portrayed the previous role as Spiderman, but is he be happy about the choice of the new protagonist? Reportedly, during a conversation between the two actors which was published in VMan Magazine, he said, ‘I was certainly curious as to who was going to play Peter Parker,’ Maguire told Garfield, ‘When I heard it was you, I was literally like, 'F--king perfect!'
8) ‘The exposure that's going to come with [Spider-Man] doesn't make me happy, and I've discovered that I do just want to be an actor - I don't have any interest in being a movie star.
9) 'I'm finding out where that distinction is.’ Andrew, who made his Broadway debut in the revival of Death Of A Salesman earlier this year, also revealed he is naturally very ‘introspective’. The 28-year-old added, ‘I'm working on it because sometimes it can tip over into too much, and it becomes debilitating. I've got a lot to think about right now because of my life changing because of the play, and this movie.’ As we mentioned above, he made his Broadway debut in ‘Death of a Salesman’ with Philip Seymore Hoffman playing the role of Biff, Seymore’s 34-year-old son, an athletic hero in high school who has never found his place in life. The New York Times said of his performance ‘…Garfield brings ‘exacting intelligence and intensity’ to his performance. ‘Though Mr. Garfield brings searing heat to Biff’s Oedipal confrontations with his father, he is hard to credit as a golden, fading American dream incarnate, a natural man of the earth who belongs in the great outdoors. (He’s more like the weedy, tormented James Dean of “Rebel Without a Cause.)’
10) He needs a bit of TLC now and again. When the young gent won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Actor in 2007 for his role in ‘Boy A’, rather than the moment being one of jubilation it actually brought about a panic attack. Yes, that’s right. The poor guy then underwent regular sessions with a therapist to talk about his emotions and understand his feelings. So, if you’re looking for a way to Garfield’s heart (even if he is paired with Emma Stone) all you got to do is let him know that you’re there to listen. Simple, no?
Written by Ben Taylor