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Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Discuss Playing ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

It’s not just a meeting of minds, it’s the kind of thing that Marvel would’ve once called “When Titans Clash!” But former movie Spider-Man Tobey Maguire and his cinematic successor Andrew Garfield are foregoing the traditional “fight, then team-up” routine in the upcoming issue of VMan magazine.

It turns out the star of Sony’s upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man film and the actor who portrayed Spidey through three previous films share plenty of common ground. From audition to opening day and beyond, it seems both actors take living up to the legend of Peter Parker for Spider-Man fans worldwide pretty seriously. Fortunately, it seems Maguire is firmly in Garfield’s corner as he takes on the mantle of the Webslinger at the movies.In a short conversation for VMan magazine, Maguire and Garfield compared notes on how they ended up playing comics’ most famous teenage science nerd, with Garfield saying that his audition process was “a weird kind of cattle call”:

I’m friends with a few of the guys who were up for it, and I actually had dinner with Jamie [Bell] the night of my screen test and his screen test. We compared notes and war stories, and we kind of got past the ridiculousness of it all and thought it would be a nice idea to get everyone together and kind of interview each other about how messed up the process is, being against each other, and remember that we’re all in it together, knowing that when you take off that bodysuit someone else is going to be stepping into your sweat immediately after… But Marc [Webb] was great. He was very open and encouraging. You have the monitoring area with literally about 30 people judging you, looking at your face and whispering to each other-it’s one of the most disconcerting and kind of humiliating things to go through, if you’re aware of it, you know what I mean?

While Maguire talked about the lack of expectation before his first Spider-Man movie – “People didn’t anticipate [2002's Spider-Man] to be like that. leading up to it you start to get reactions and people tell you, you know, what the tracking is and what ranger your opening weekend box-office is likely to be, but for me it was kind of unexpected. So much shifted in my life the weekend the movie came out” — Garfield seems much more aware of what’s about to happen to him:

The main thing I’m thinking about and worrying about is what happens after this movie comes out. What was your experience when you became Spider-Man in people’s eyes? I’m interested to hear what you have to say about the whole life change that it brings. Because right now I have a host of fears that I’m contending with on a minute-to-minute basis. I’m not in the reality of it yet, so I’m sure I’m imagining it will be much worse than it is.

Oh, Andrew. Just wait until July 4. Then you’ll know just how bad it can actually be…

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