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One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man.’ Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. 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. ’The Amazing Spider-Man’ is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ will be swinging onto the big screen July 3rd in the US and July 4th in the UK.

What was it that drew you to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’?

Denis Leary: I actually spoke to Marc Webb on the phone, and I’m not a Spider-Man guy, I’m more of a Batman guy. And I saw Marc’s first movie and I thought, “This is interesting, why is this guy making this giant blockbuster?” The way Marc talked about the script was as if he was making a tiny little character-driven piece. I thought that was interesting, and I’d liked Andrew Garfield after seeing him in ‘The Social Network’ and a couple other movies. And Rhys Ifans, I can’t remember if he was in but they were talking about him at least already. So I thought, “This is going to be interesting, this might be fun.” I just kind of jumped in and I’m telling you, Marc stuck to his guns. We were improvising and talking in detail about every single scene, and even for some of the big action sequences Marc talked about the character and character arcs – which they never do in action movies. So it was a really interesting approach, you know? A lot of improvisation, which was great. I had a really great experience with ‘The Amazing Spider-Man.’

How was your approach to Captain George Stacy? He’s sort of this heroic, yet salty Police Captain….

Denis Leary: (Laughs) My character is a salty hero, I just love hearing that. I’m glad that it comes off that way (laughs). I didn’t know Captain Stacy, I had a couple of friends who were crazy Spider-Man fans who were talking to me about him, I was like, “Listen, stop talking to me about it. I’m gonna let Marc Webb dictate the parameters of what I’m doing here.” And then it was kind of easy, the relationship between Gwen Stacy, because Emma Stone’s great, she’s a great actress and she’s really about the scenes – as is Andrew Garfield. So all of that stuff was easy to play with them. Marc was a great guide so I had a blast. Plus, I wasn’t in charge of producing it and writing it like on ‘Rescue Me,’ so when there was a problem with a camera or whatever, I just went back to the trailer….took a nap! It was AWESOME (laughs).

And Captain George Stacy, he has an interesting relationship with Peter Parker and Spider-Man?

Denis Leary: Definitely. My relationship with Spider-Man in the movie is very dichotomous. It goes in two different directions at the same time. Because I’m hunting for this vigilante, and at the same time I’m concerned about my daughter dating this young man name Peter Parker. So it’s incredibly dichotomous.

Do you have a favourite part of the production for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’?

Denis Leary: The fact that we got to improvise and really go to work on a gigantic movie every day, thinking that we were going to be able to play, like actors like to play. You never get to do that on big budget movies. There’s scenes in the movie, I haven’t seen the absolute finished cut, but from talking to the reporters so far, some of the improvised stuff is in the movie, which is great. We would maybe do the scripted version once, then Marc would do five or six or seven more takes where we would just play around – which was great and unheard of.

Is that how the “Do I look like the Mayor of Tokyo” line come about?

Denis Leary: (Laughs) That was one of Marc’s ideas, I think, as we did some improvised takes, we played around with it. Marc said, “Hey, what about this?” So we tried that. Again, you never do that on action movies (laughs).

What do you hope audiences enjoy most about ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’?

Denis Leary: Quite frankly, if we’re honest, what I think they’ll most enjoy about the movie is Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Lets just be flat out honest (laughs). The girls are gonna love Andrew Garfield and the guys are gonna love Emma Stone. And they’re gonna go, “Willem Dafoe was great as Emma’s Dad. Did you see that!” That’s probably what’s going to happen (laughs).