High ‘Spider-Man’ Expectations Worry Andrew Garfield

Actor Andrew Garfield doesn’t think very highly of himself as the new Spider-Man in Sony’s much bemoaned reboot of the franchise, or so he joked with press during a Young Hollywood panel in Los Angeles Monday night.

“This is a beloved character and, you know, ironically, I’m gonna be the person in the audience going ‘Who cast this English fool?’

Cast as Spidey in July, the LA-born, British-raised star of The Social Network must have decided that self-deprecating humor was his best bet for diffusing the immense expectations placed on him.  

“That is something that I tell myself every night before I go to sleep: ‘It’s okay. It’s okay. Even though Tobey Maguire is genius, you are okay. I think that it’s just another step in the legacy.”

Garfield likens the Spider-Man story to the plays of William Shakespeare that are continually re-imagined with younger actors in the parts, he told reporters.

“And then after I do it and mess it up, someone else will come and save the day and do a fantastic job and I’ll be old and fat and bearded and smoking and upset that he’s so good.”

For what it’s worth, Sony appears to not have the same confidence in Garfield as they had with Maguire in 2002, who was paid $4 million for Spidey 1 compared to Garfield’s lowly $500,000 fee.

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