Andrew Garfield on Spidey Filming: He, Maguire, and Holland are ‘three people who feel real ownership over this character’

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It has been almost a year since the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home. The film broke pandemic box office records and became the most popular film in 2021.

However, in the latest interview, Andrew Garfield said that the actual production of the film had a light-hearted feel. 

He actually said that acting alongside Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland felt less like a superhero blockbuster and more like shooting an experimental short film with his close friends.

Garfield sat down with GQ UK’s issue for Men of the Year. There he shared the “beautiful” memory of the filming of No Way Home with his co-Spidey.

“I got to treat it like a short film about Spider-Man with buddies,” Garfield said in the interview with GQ. 

“The pressure was off me. It was all on Tom’s shoulders. Like, it’s his trilogy. And me and Tobey were there to provide support and have as good a time as possible, actually, and be as inventive, imaginative, and kind of dumb as possible.” 

When he first discovered the prospect of No Way Home, the second Spidey had doubts about how his version could fit into this trio.

“Y’know, between the three of us, I was like, ‘Oh, s—, this is going to be interesting,” Garfield elaborated. 

“You have three people who feel real ownership over this character. But it was really, like, brotherhood first, I think. And I think that comes through in what we shot.” 

Second Spidey

It’s been a decade since Garfield made the screen as Peter Parker in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. He then reprised the role in the 2014 sequel. However, the studio eventually crossed out the plan for a third film.

In the sit-down with GQ, Garfield revealed that he thought his Spidey time was on its end ahead of reading the No Way Home script. 

“I don’t know if I had an expectation of doing more,” he stated. “I was very open to it being whatever it was meant to be. But there was an undone feeling. Like, ‘What was that experience about? And how do I close that circle in my living room on my own?’ 

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“And I was doing that – and then it was like that classic thing when you’re getting over a relationship, and you’re first starting to really feel free and untethered from that thing – the person knows to call the hour after the first good night’s sleep you’ve had.” 

No Way Home premiered in theaters in December 2021 and garnered an eye-popping $1.9 billion globally. Furthermore, it earned a title as the sixth all-time highest-grossing film. 

Swinging Career

Garfield has received numerous awards throughout his career. It includes a Tony Award, a BAFTA TV and a Golden Globe Award.

Time even included the 39-year-old actor in its roster of 100 most influential people in the world in 2022. 

Garfield – born in Los Angeles and raised in Epsom – started to embark on his journey when he trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His career began on the UK stage and in TV productions. 

Furthermore, the actor had his feature film debut in Lions for Lambs (2007). 

But he is most renowned for his role as Spidey.

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