From all appearances and rumblings from advance screenings, the reason to see “The Amazing Spider-Man” is for Andrew Garfield’s performance as Peter Parker (and Emma Stone’s as Gwen Stacey, but that’s a story for another day).
One of the most interesting tidbits we’ve gleaned from Garfield about his preparation for the role is not all the weights he lifted to get in shape, but the fact that he spent time studying the movements of spiders.
“One of our classes [in drama school] was animal study, where you study those animals and anthropomorphize those animals into human form,” Garfield told MTV News at the “Spider-Man” premiere in Los Angeles last week. “You turn them into characters. Famously, I think Robert De Niro’s character from ’Taxi Driver’ was anthropomorphized from a crab. I may have just made that up, but it sounds good!”
Garfield went on to say that in playing Spider-Man, his anthropomorphic way into the character was too obvious to not explore it.
“I had the most direct link to animal study in the world, that I could have ever used,” he said of studying the movement of spiders. “It helps you play in a different way and use your imagination in a different way. I just watched spiders whenever I saw them and tried to emulate that patience, that stillness. When you apply that to a teenage boy who is jerky, twitchy and anxious, as soon as that DNA gets messed with, you can find a patience and a stillness. They’ll dance differently and use their space differently. It was a fun thing to play with.”
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