SAN DIEGO - Evidently, Andrew Garfield spent his day charming people.
I wasn't in Hall H during today's presentation of footage from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," but I did have a chance to sit down with Garfield pretty much the second I stepped off stage from moderating the "Kick-Ass 2"/"Riddick" panel.
While I wasn't crazy about "The Amazing Spider-Man," I think highly of the casting in the movie, and I was very clear in my review that I look forward to seeing if they can turn the sequel into the slam dunk that it should be. When I was asked if I wanted to talk to Garfield even though I wouldn't get to see the presentation, I didn't even hesitate. Of course I did.
One of the most charming moments I've ever seen in Hall H took place the first year Garfield came here for "The Amazing Spider-Man," and I wrote about it that year. It convinced me that no matter what, Garfield really did believe that it was an honor to be tapped to play the iconic character. Now he's gone through the entire process once, and he's just wrapped up his second time playing the character, and I was curious to see if it was starting to feel like just another job to him.
Within moments of starting our conversation, I was sure that he was the same exact blatantly excited guy he was the first time around. One major part of our conversation had to do with making a highly scrutinized film in the age of online spoilers, and he talked about why he takes the keeping of secrets so seriously. By the time he was done, I had made a decision.
As I told him after the interview, there is a fairly gigantic secret that the "Amazing Spider-Man" crew has kept so far that was inadvertently revealed to me, and based on our chat, I'm not only going to work to keep it a secret on our end, but I'm also going to ask you as fans to make that choice with me. If you really want Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and Orci and Kurtzman and Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti and the rest of the cast to give you the best possible ride in the theater next May, then don't let anyone spoil you. Don't go looking. Don't click on possible spoilers. Just wait. Because I'll say this… these guys have a game plan, and I think they're going to aim high. I know I've been a part of spoiler culture over the years, but I do love it when movies pull it off.
Enjoy this conversation with Garfield. I certainly did. And more than ever, I'm looking forward to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" on May 2, 2014.
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