Now, while few of us have much experience of being fired from the lead role in a multi-million dollar movie, it's not too difficult to imagine just how much it must suck. One day, you're the star of one of the biggest franchises in the world, and the next you've been kicked to the curb because your movie "only" made $91.6 million on its opening weekend. This holiday season, then, think kindly of one-time #SpiderMan #AndrewGarfield, for not only did that happen to him, but he's apparently been left heartbroken by the whole ordeal. As it turns out, though...
'The Amazing Spider-Man' Movies Left Andrew Garfield 'Heartbroken' For A Surprisingly Good Reason
And it wasn't that they didn't make all that much money (relatively speaking) or that he was eventually summarily ejected from the leading role in favor of a younger model (hey there, #TomHolland). Instead, it seems that Garfield had a much bigger problem with the way that the film was being made — and the way in which it let down the character and the fans. As he revealed to Amy Adams in a recent "Actors on Actors" interview for Variety:
"There’s something about being that young in that kind of machinery which I think is really dangerous. I was still young enough to struggle with the value system, I suppose, of corporate America really, it’s a corporate enterprise mostly... I found that really, really tricky. I signed up to serve the story, and to serve this incredible character that I’ve been dressing as since I was 3, and then it gets compromised and it breaks your heart. I got heartbroken a little bit to a certain degree."
Which is, actually, a very sweet revelation. Now, sure, Garfield was already 27 by the time he was cast as Spidey, but in the greater scheme of things, that's more than young enough to believe in the artistry behind movie-making — and to then become completely disillusioned by the almost entirely profit-based motives of the film industry.
Now, let's just hope that young Tom Holland has an easier time of it with #SpiderManHomecoming. Maybe Garfield could mentor him or something?
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