Andrew Garfield: "I Was Never Spider-Man"

by Andrew Steinbeiser

Well, maybe now we know why Andrew Garfield isn’t so torn up over losing Spider-Man to Tom Holland

Garfield, who played Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the Marc Webb directed Amazing Spider-Man films, recently revealed that he never truly felt like the wall-crawling character. Despite wearing the webs for two full feature films, Garfield told a news site that he never fully transformed himself, internally, for the role of Spider-Man. As he put it, he simply remained Andrew Garfield: Actor. 

When asked what he had learned from “being Spider-Man,” Garfield said: 

“Well, nothing, because I was never Spider-Man. Because Spider-Man's a fictional character. He's not real. [laughs] You know what's funny, to give you the vulnerable answer, I thought I was going to be Spider-Man, you know? I went into it going...ego s**t came in. It's like, "Okay, here it is. I'm f***ing Spider-Man. I f***ing made it." All that s**t. [laughs] I didn't actually make it. I was never Spider-Man.

I was the actor that I am. The person that I am. Struggling with trying to match up with something that I'd elevated so high in my mind. Elevated beyond what I could attain, what I could achieve. The great thing is, that's what Peter Parker was doing as well. Peter Parker created this symbol that he couldn't live up to. It was never enough. He never felt enough, and I never felt enough.”

Interestingly, Garfield went on to say how he felt partially responsible for the poor critical and financial reception that his two Amazing Spider-Man films received. Those poor perfromances eventually led Sony to yet again reboot Spider-Man, this time with Marvel Studios, and recast Garfield with newcomer Tom Holland. 

"I never felt like I was able to do enough. And I couldn't rescue those films...even though I didn't sleep. [laughs]"

"And I wanted to...not to say that I needed to rescue those films, but I couldn't make them as deep and soulful and...life-giving as I could ever dream. And I'm never gonna be able to do that, with any film. It was especially difficult in that situation because...well, just because."

Well, now that the role of Spider-Man rests on another actor’s shoulders, maybe Garfield can move on. 

But what do you think, readers? Did Andrew Garfield ever truly feel like Spider-Man to you? Let us know in the comments!

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man debuts in Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016 .

Via Zakis Corner