The Times of India got a chance to talk to Andrew Garfield about playing Peter Parker in director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man and here are a few of the highlights from the interview.
Q. Spiderman, like most superheroes, has a dual identity. He’ s not just a superhero but also Peter Parker, the boy next door. Which of his aspects did you identify with, the most?
I have tried to explore Peter Parker as an orphan. Orphans, I feel, are the strongest human beings on the planet. The amount of things they have to deal with in their lives, is amazing. I have tried to capture how Peter copes with the feelings of being an underdog, his confusions and his self-doubt . This, I hope, has brought, a certain empathy and sensitivity to his character that explains how it helps him become the hero that he eventually turns out to be.
Q. What about iconic on-screen moments? For instance, there was the famous upside-down kiss in the first movie . Anything like that in this one as well?
Well yes, there is the first kiss between Peter and his love interest, Gwen Stacy.
Q. Was it as hard to do as the stunts?
Well, I got to practise for that – although on my own, I must add (laughs). I practised kissing on my hand, arms and in the mirror. I was just hoping I’ll remember how to kiss when the moment comes and not fumble.