Andrew Garfield’s First Words on Spider-Man

Two months ago, when it was announced that British actor Andrew Garfield had scored the coveted role of Peter Parker in the upcoming still-untitled Spider-Man reboot by Marc Webb, there weren’t that many American moviegoers familiar with his work, but with two new movies coming out  in the next month, Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go and David Fincher’s The Social Network, one can expect Garfield will be everywhere talking about the movies and invariable, he’ll be asked questions about the high-profile superhero reboot.

The first to get to him was The Hollywood Reporter, who asked him for a few thoughts on getting the part:

"I have been waiting for this phone call for 24 years, for someone to call me up and say, "Hey, we want you to pretend to be a character that you’ve always wanted to be all your life, and we’re going to do it with cool cameras and cool effects and you’re going to feel like you’re swinging through New York City. Do you want to do that?" [laughs] “Let me just consult with my seven-year old self and see what he thinks…” So my seven-year-old self started screaming in my soul and saying, This is what we’ve been waiting for. Like every young boy who feels stronger on the inside than they look on the outside, any skinny boy basically who wishes their muscles matched their sense of injustice, God, it’s just the stuff that dreams are made of, for sure. It’s a true f*cking honor to be part of this symbol that I actually think is a very important symbol and it’s meant a great deal to me, and it continues to mean something to people. So yeah, I feel like I’ve been preparing for it for a while. Ever since Halloween when I was four years old and I wore my first Spider-Man costume."

He went on to talk about how he’s going to balance such a high-profile role with his other acting gigs and how he’s preparing, although he’s only started gearing up for the movie, which starts shooting in December, and he hopes to do some theater or other work before then.

You can read the full interview at The Hollywood Reporter.