Martin Sheen Calls ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Star Andrew Garfield ‘A Marvel’

We’re all ready for Andrew Garfield to kick some super-villain ass as New York City’s premiere wall-crawling superhero in “The Amazing Spider-Man.” He was outstanding in “The Social Network” and one of few saving graces in “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.”

Garfield’s co-star Martin Sheen, who plays Uncle Ben in the movie, is a fan as well. That’s a pretty big vote of confidence, coming from a veteran actor who was once President of the United States.

“He’s quite the marvel, a very fine actor. He’s a lovely guy, very disciplined, very focused,” Sheen said in an interview with TotalFilm.

“He called me up and said, ’This is Andrew Garfield’ and I said, ’Who?’ and he said, ’Uh, we’re in the movie together…’ and I said, ’Yeah, what part do you play?’ and he said, ’Uh, I play your nephew!’ I liked him instantly.”

Sheen continues to heap tremendous praise on the actor after that, speaking to his acting abilities, his physical presence and his general personality. Sheen’s prediction? “Huge star.”

He’s very athletic, he’s in great shape. He plays basketball and he works out every day. He’s fit. Very wiry, thin, tall, very physically focused. … He works in a very organic way – he loves accidents, when something happens in a scene that causes him to do something else. I went through a couple of very emotional scenes and he was right there, focused. … And he was the same off camera. He didn’t slack off. No, sir! He was equally emotional off camera. Very impressive. He’s going to be a huge star.

So on the off chance that you weren’t yet excited for “The Amazing Spider-Man,” it’s time to start getting there. Martin Sheen said so.

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