TFK Kid Reporter Grace Clark talks to Andrew Garfield. The British actor plays web-slinging superhero Spidey in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13), in theaters May 2.
Were you a Spider-Man fan as a kid?
It was my first Halloween costume when I was 3 years old, in England! He was so important to me because he always stood up to the bullies. A bully was very mean to me in school, and I turned to Spider-Man in my imagination.
How did you prepare for this role?
I had to really work hard and make sure my body was in good shape, because Spider-Man has to be really strong and lean and flexible, like a gymnast.
Spider-Man has a new suit for the sequel. Do you like it?
The new suit is super cool. It's really colorful and bright, the eyes are bigger, and it's much more comfortable to wear.
Do you connect more with Spider-Man or his alter ego, Peter Parker?
Peter Parker, because he's just a regular human being, like me. Part of me connects with Spider-Man because there is a hero inside of me, just like there is in everyone.
How do the villains in the new movie challenge Spider-Man?
He has to figure out a way to outwit Rhino, who is strong and full of brute force. Then he goes up against Electro, who has the power to fry his web-shooters.
Spider-Man has both brains and brawn. Which do you feel is more important?
That's a really good question. I'd like to think that having brains is more useful. I'm not a very good fighter, but I'm smart enough to get out of fights.
How has Peter Parker grown since the first movie, when he got his powers?
He's discovering that his destiny is to be this hero. He's accepting it as part of himself.
How much stunt work do you do?
I like doing most of the stunts myself. I used to be a gymnast as a young boy. I loved doing backflips and tumbles.
What superhero should Spider-Man team up with for crime-fighting?
I would love help as Spider-Man. It would be especially cool to have the Hulk, because if I've got the brains, then he's got the brawn.
Is there an Amazing Spider-Man 3 in the works?
Yes! I'm excited to see where it goes.
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