Andrew Garfield on the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Dynamic, Special Effects in ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 19: Actor Andrew Garfield speaks onstage at the Sony and Screen Gems panel for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" during Comic-Con International 2013 at San Diego Convention Center on July 19, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BRYAN ENK: What's easier and what's harder about playing this character for the second time?
ANDREW GARFIELD: What's easier, I'll tell you what's easier — what's easier is nothing. [laughs] What's harder … I don't know, I don't know if there is such a thing, I think it's all just the same — I just stress out. [laughs] I just stress at the same level. Actually, you know what, I think what's easier is that we're not retreading old ground with an origin story.
We've established this guy now, we've established this world and set it apart from Sam Raimi's, and the blessing is we get to really explore this universe now, as opposed to justifying it. On the first movie there was a lot of energy spent justifying it, which is a bummer, and trying to reinvent the wheel, which is impossible, it's been done, and pointless. You know, you have to surrender to certain things within the canon and certain beats in his origin, but now thankfully we've done that and we can now focus on making it our own.
BE: Mary Jane Watson was originally going to be in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" but ended up being cut. Does not having that character in the film make sense for the story or is it something you wish could've worked out?
AG: The reason why I would've liked it to have been in it is Shailene [Woodley], because she's so talented and because she did just beautiful work. I only did a couple of scenes with her but gosh, it was just beautiful to hang with her and work with her. She is not only an incredibly talented, gifted actress with great craft but also she's one of the better people you'll meet.
So that's a bummer. But in the sense of storytelling, it didn't quite make sense to introduce another girl. The idea neutralizes the budding and growing relationship between Gwen and Peter. There's a reason why when Shakespeare wrote "Romeo and Juliet," after Romeo met Juliet, he didn't introduce another attractive female character that could be a shoulder to lean on. You know what I mean? After wherever he gets banished to, you know? [laughs] Dramatically it just unfortunately didn't really match up with what our story needed to be.
But yes, it's a bummer — I'll go on record and say it's a bummer that those scenes won't be seen because she just killed it and she was perfect.
BE: They recently released a production photo of Jamie Foxx in full-on Electro mode. Do you remember your reaction when you first saw him in the complete get-up?
AG: Yeah, yeah, yeah! I mean, well, what we see now in the images is not what I saw, that's with visual effects added, so that was the first time I had seen that. I love it — [director] Marc's [Webb] inspiration was electrical storms and I think they've done a beautiful job with that. But when he was on set he had the blue makeup on and yeah he's a force to be reckoned with, for sure.