And while David Fincher — who directed Garfield in "The Social Network" — told MTV News back at Comic-Con that he couldn't imagine Garfield being comfortable as Peter Parker, Garfield himself strongly disagrees.
When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if he has been preparing for the role, Garfield replied "I have been waiting for this phone call for 24 years, for someone to call me up and say, 'Hey, we want you to pretend to be a character that you've always wanted to be all your life, and we're going to do it with cool cameras and cool effects and you're going to feel like you're swinging through New York City. Do you want to do that?'"
"'Let me just consult with my seven-year old self and see what he thinks,'" laughed Garfield. "So my seven-year-old self started screaming in my soul and saying, 'This is what we've been waiting for.' Like every young boy who feels stronger on the inside than they look on the outside, any skinny boy basically who wishes their muscles matched their sense of injustice."
"God, it's just the stuff that dreams are made of, for sure," added Garfield. "It's a true f---ing honor to be part of this symbol that I actually think is a very important symbol and it's meant a great deal to me, and it continues to mean something to people. So yeah, I feel like I've been preparing for it for a while. Ever since Halloween when I was four years old and I wore my first Spider-Man costume."
Garfield also stated that he deals with the role's increased visibility.
"Not to give it credence, not to give it any of my energy," said Garfield. "Just approach it like any other job that I care about deeply. That may be naive of me to think that I can just get away with that. But if you give focus to something, it will grow. I just want to be an actor, really. And of course all those things came into consideration when I was making the decision. But at the end of the day, I had faith that I would be able to not be defined by it. And I still have faith that I will be able to get lost in roles and just keep doing what I love to do."
The story also mentions that "Spider-Man" will begin filming in December, despite the fact that Spider-Man's leading lady has still not yet been found.
"Spider-Man" will swing into theaters in 3-D on July 03, 2012.
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