Former Spider-Man Tobey Maguire interviews current Spider-Man Andrew Garfield in a new article for V Magazine, and the conversation gets very real as the actors discuss their iconic character, living up to fans' expecations, and the overwhelming fame that comes with playing such a beloved role.
E! reports that in the revealing interview, Andrew, who was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his work in the current Broadway production of Death of a Salesman, tells Tobey he's worried about "what happens after this movie comes out." He says he feels "such a great responsibilityto the story and to the fans" and is aware just "how much this charactermeans to people, because it means so much to me." Well, isn't that the plight of Spider-Man in a nutshell? With great power comes great responsibility!
"What was your experience when you became Spider-Manin people's eyes?" Andrew asks Tobey, clearly desperate for an answer as to how to handle all of this fame and responsibility. "Because right now I have a host offears that I'm contending with on a minute-to-minute basis. I'm not in thereality of it yet, so I'm sure I'm imagining it will be much worse than it is."
Tobey replies that the sudden fame he was hit with as a result of playing Spider-Man was "shocking," but that he thinks Andrew will be able to handle it well. But Andrew doesn't seem convinced. "I had a very small experience with [fame], and it'svery difficult," he says. "Is there any way of containing it?Or humanizing it? There's sometimes that separation that happens: There's awall that goes up between people in the public eye—actors, musicians,politicians—and the public. What I'd love is for Spider-Man fans to be…I likethe idea of everyone being one, because you were the guy in the suit and nowI'm the guy in the suit and there'll be another guy in the suit later down theline. The whole celebrity myth is very new and interesting to me, whether onecan just be an actor and also be in one of these roles."
But Andrew needn't worry, because, according to Tobey, his performance as Spider-Man is "very powerful, authentic," and that he's"very honest" in his work. Plus, he's totally adorable, which always helps!
The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters July 3!
What do you think Andrew should do to make sure he keeps a firm grasp on his life after the Spider-Man fame frenzy hits?
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