the amazing spider man poster movie spiderman andrew garfield The Amazing Spider Man Producers Matt Tolmach & Avi Arad Interview

Like most teenagers his age, Peter Parker is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. In his journey to put the pieces of his past together he uncovers a secret his father held…a secret that will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man. This is the first in a series of movies that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story. The ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ stars Andrew Garfield as Spider-man/Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Conners/The Lizard, Denis Leary as George Stacy, Campbell Scott as Richard Parker, Chris Zylka as Flash Thompson, Irrfan Khan as Dr. Ratha, Martin Sheen as Ben Parker, and Sally Field as May Parker. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ arrives in cinemas July 3rd in the US and July 4th in the UK. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures.

How is the approach of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ different from previous incarnations we‘ve seen of this iconic character?

Matt Tolmach: We knew we were going to be making another Spider-Man movie, and we fell in love with an aspect of Peter Parker’s story that had never really been told – certainly hadn’t been told in movies. And that’s this idea that he was this little boy who’s parents suddenly left him. They left him without telling him why, or where they were going. So what happened is he was a boy growing up with this enormous mystery hanging over him. Where did these people go? Who am I? You know, if you have no idea who your parents are and where they’ve gone, it’s very hard to get a sense of who you are. So much of our own identity is tied up in where we come from. And because Peter Parker’s identity and background and his parent’s whereabouts is such a mystery, his own sense of self becomes what this journey is about, what ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is about.

With Peter Parker/Spider-Man being the one of the most relatable superhero’s to young people, I understand one of the major themes of ’The Amazing Spider-Man’ is bullying?

Avi Arad: Definitely. In this movie, in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ we really touched on that, it was very interesting for us – and I think for every kid and every parent. It’s one of the big issues of our time, this issue of bullying. And Peter Parker is almost like an ambassador for the bully phenomena. Right in the beginning of the movie you’re going to feel like, “Stand for yourself.” You may have a blue eye, a bloody lip, but you’ll have your dignity, don’t be afraid.

How did you go about casting Andrew Garfield?

Matt Tolmach: That is the biggest decision you make when you’re making a Spider-Man film; who’s going to be Peter Parker? We all sat around and we watched these auditions, and then we watched Andrew Garfield. It was instantaneous. Suddenly, it was not like he filled those shoes, but he redefined the character in a way that just blew us away. Sometimes in life these things become clear. We just knew. He’s a very modern character, and that was what Marc Webb was after, a very modern interpretation of this guy. A guy who lives much in today’s world. Andrew Garfield is all of that.

I know much of the stunts were in camera, there was a lot of wirework, instead of extensive green screen….

Avi Arad: One of the first things that Marc Webb wanted to do, is to go back to physical stunts. Wherever we can do physical stunts, lets try for it. Our luck with Andrew Garfield, in addition to being an incredibly accomplished actor, he’s very physical, he’s a great athlete. And he’s eager to do these things and work with a team. So much so that there were nights where he wrapped at 8, then the stunt people took over, but he stayed all night, he didn’t have to. Because it was so important to him that his movement and the movement from the comics matched.

How did the decision come about of having Gwen Stacy as the female lead?

Matt Tolmach: Gwen Stacy is in love with Peter Parker, which is a big deal in the Spider-Man universe. It’s what differentiates Gwen Stacy from Mary Jane, she loves this boy, she loves Peter. And so what you get is this very very real love story. A real relationship between two people. Not Gwen and Spider-Man in the costume. But she loves him for who he actually is. She loves Peter Parker.