Though it’s been a decade since his web-slinging debut in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Andrew Garfield is as thrilled as ever to be part of the “Spider-Man” universe. Currently reprising his role as Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” playing alongside other Spideys both past and present, he can’t help but show it.
“I think the first time we were all in the suit together, it was hilarious, because it’s, like, just three ordinary dudes who were just actors just hanging out,” Garfield tells Variety of his co-stars Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland. “There was talk about going to the bathroom and, you know, padding around the package. We talked about what worked for each of us. We would have deeper conversations, too, and talk about our experiences with the character.”
The actors built such a strong bond through their time playing the role both together and individually that it began to have an effect on Garfield’s performance—and even made its way into the finished film.
“We talked a lot about brotherhood and about what it is to be the older brother, younger brother, and the middle brother,” Garfield adds. “There’s a line I improvised in the movie, looking at [Maguire and Holland,] and I tell them I love them. That was just me loving them.”
It’s rare that a past member of a franchise gets a chance to come back and tell more of the story. Garfield is aware of how special that is for an actor. “I’m just really, really grateful that I got to tie up some loose ends for the Peter that I was playing. It was joyful, and a feeling of closure for me,” he says. “I wasn’t expecting to ever have a conversation again about potentially playing Peter Parker. I felt very excited just to be a fan again.”
With that said, let’s call Garfield’s return to the role one of many happy Hollywood accidents.
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