Andrew Garfield on the Spider-Man Suit: 'I Feel Like a Kid in My Pajamas'
Andrew Garfield, still riding high from Oscar hopeful The Social Network, recently spoke to The Guardian during a break in filming on the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, in which Emma Stone co-stars.
Nothing substantial about the movie was revealed, but the 27-year-old Brit -- who also starred in Never Let Me Go alongside Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley -- did offer insight into the Spider-Man suit, working out and Peter Parker.
"We started shooting two weeks ago and then we have Christmas off," Garfield shared. "Then we're back into it for, gosh, I'm sure a fair bit of time. It's nice, I've never really done a -- well, I guess The Social Network took four months to shoot but I was kind of in and out; I wasn't there every single day. But with this, I'm going to have to hibernate into this character for at least four or five months." (Prior to shooting, Garfield said he would most likely be critical of his casting.)
The interviewer asked if he's tried on the red and blue suit. "I have," he answered. Does he look cool in it? Garfield laughed, "I feel like a kid in my pajamas."
"I can only say how it feels and it feels pretty special. It feels like a dream realized and a fantasy realized," he added. "I don't take it lightly and I feel incredibly lucky that I get to wear spandex for the next few months."
When he was asked about working out for the role and if he had to muscle up, Garfield revealed some nuggets about Peter Parker.
"I think Spider-Man needs strength, but Peter Parker is still a teenager, you know? That's a very tender balance to figure out," he said. "It's very specific what we're trying to achieve in terms of body type and the feeling of that. Rest assured, there's a lot of people who are helping me with it because I have no discipline in that respect. My father's a swimming coach and I kind of rebelled against that very, very early on so any form of physical discipline has to be really cracked with a really smart whip."
(On a recent appearance on The Tonight Show, Stone revealed that she and Garfield shared the same trainer.)
On a semi-related side note, when the interviewer praised Garfield's ability to "straddle" the "Englishness" of Never Let Me Go as well as seamlessly enter into "modern America" in The Social Network, Garfield, always his self-deprecating self, said with a laugh, "I can given no credit for that. I just auditioned for both of those things because I had the opportunity to."
Later on, he joked: "Yeah, what I need to do is I need to straddle the most current American phenomenon." (Garfield's father is from Los Angeles, while his mother is originally from Essex.)