Spidey's director: How I made Andrew Garfield fly for REAL

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Adam-Troy Castro
Dec 14, 2012

Actor Andrew Garfield admitted to San Diego Comic-Con audiences how much it means to him to be playing Peter Parker in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, and that adoration is a good thing—because it sounds like director Marc Webb was trying to scare the hell out of him for authenticity.

At the press conference for the movie, Webb told reporters that the film will feature a mixture of Spidey POV flying sequences (as teased in the film's first trailer) and a lot of real, practical webslinging.

"We tried to shoot a lot of stuff on location, which gives a certain feel and makes the piece," Webb explained. "Because we are shooting in 3-D, I wanted to conceive of certain things very specifically for 3-D. There's an experiential component to 3-D that is really, really fantastic. We're experimenting with generating that point of view, so that you feel what Peter Parker feels and what Spider-Man feels when he's jumping over buildings and streets, and that sort of thing."

Webb laughed as he looked at his lead actor, "Andrew had to pay the price for this, but we made a very conscious effort to ground the stunts. We had an incredible stunt team put together. They built this whole rig, hundreds of feet long, under Riverside Drive in Harlem, and we swung a man through traffic, down the street. [Stunt coordinator] Andy Armstrong also built a car rig with a series of wires that was incredibly complicated and really a beautiful contraption, to help do those effects practically. That was something that I thought was really, really exciting and exhilarating to explore, not to mention an incredible level of acrobatics."

As to why Webb thought it was worthwhile to helm the reboot of the still-young film franchise, he said passionately, "Spider-Man is a part of culture. He's a perennial character. He's constantly re-examined, and there are so many versions of him in the comics that it was something that I thought we could do cinematically. He belongs on the big screen. There's just so much fantastic material that comes from the comics, whether it is Gwen Stacy [Emma Stone] or the Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors [Rhys Ifans]. This relationship with Curt Connors, who's both mentor and adversary, is a really beautiful, interesting, exciting and exhilarating story. I remember thinking about it, and I was a little skeptical at first. You feel the presence of those other movies, in a certain way, but it just kept me up at night. We all feel this incredible sense of responsibility, but it was like, 'How could I walk away from this? What an opportunity! What better cinematic character is there than Spider-Man?' It was fascinating and exhilarating to do. It was just so much fun. It was a total joy."

Webb also confirmed that Peter Parker's quippy dialogue from the comic books would be more prevalent in this script, despite the overall darker edge to the film. To which Garfield set the tone by joking, "Yes, they hired a comedic actor to wear the suit, and he does the jokes. He's brilliant. [Comedy writer] Judd Apatow is in the suit."

The Amazing Spider-Man opens on July 3, 2012