Andrew Garfield His Own Biggest Critic About 'Spider-Man' Casting
Andrew Garfield knows he’s going to have some critics as he takes on the part of young Peter Parker in the Spider-Man reboot. The biggest might be himself.
"Ironically, I'm going to be the person in the audience going, 'S---! S---! They cast this English fool?,' " Garfield said of fans' expectations for the character. "I see it like 'Hamlet' or any Shakespeare play. Every actor is going to play King Lear differently because every actor is a different person."
Garfield made the comments to a full house at AFI Fest's Los Angeles Times' Young Hollywood roundtable at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday night. The Social Network and Never Let Me Go star begins shooting the anticipated Spider-Man shoot next month, and while his method won't be drastically different, he is sure the experience will be.
"I think it's going to be really weird. I don't know what to expect at all," he said. "It'll definitely be a different way of working and my approach isn't going to change. I'm just going to approach it like I'm doing a short film of Spider-Man that my friend is directing. It's kind of how I have to approach it or I'll lose my mind."
"I'll let you know next year," he said later.
Carey Mulligan, who made her crush on Mario Lopez public knowledge, had a handy tip for fellow actors diving into awards season.
"I've learned this year that if you have a martini before a red carpet is a very good idea," the Never Let Me Go star said with a laugh.
“It should never be what other people think about [a performance], it should be how you feel about it,” Jesse Eisenberg said.
At the roundtable, the actors discussed the tricky waters of the entertainment industry.
"I think I'm still navigating it. I still have no idea in terms of the business side of it and getting jobs, and signing up on the Twitter account and saying, 'Hi, I'm an actor and this is Twitter,' " Garfield joked when asked if he had received any guidance.
"The idea of stepping into a room and trying to convince someone that you're worth hiring is counterintuitive," he continued, saying later that "putting yourself in the correct room and meeting the correct person are all those things that feel so crass to do but somehow you find yourself in those rooms."
Being self-critical is something the actors all share. "It's impossible when you watch [yourself onscreen] because all of us know when you record your voice into a cassette player and you play it back, you cringe because you don't sound like that," Garfield explained.
"Magnify that a hundred-fold and it's your face and it's your eyes and it's your stupid eyebrows ... and your stupid personality," he said half-jokingly. (He still has not seen Never Let Me Go.)
"When I'm comfortable, I'm awful," Eisenberg added. "But when I'm uncomfortable, it seems right." Mulligan added that she rarely watched playback while on set.