Andrew Garfield, already a well-known actor from his Golden Globe-nominated role in "The Social Network," is on the verge of gigantic worldwide fame thanks to his starring role in the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot. Judging by his reaction to the prospect of ubiquity, he may want to keep the mask on when he goes out in public.
The 27-year old British actor has long made known his obsession with the wall crawler, showing up to Comic-Con in a Halloween-style version of the Spidey outfit and giving a heartfelt speech about how much the hero meant to him in his youth. It's that closeness to the character, Garfield told the LA Times in a recent interview, that made him spring for the chance to take the role -- despite his fear of fame.
"It terrifies me. I don't want that, actually," he told the paper. "I just saw that I was given an opportunity to play a part that I've been wanting to play since I was a 2-year-old. I don't see it any other way. I don't want the rest of it. The visibility thing -- the being a more visible actor or just a more visible person in the world -- was the one thing that deterred me. That was absolutely the one thing I questioned. Do I want to do this? I thought about it for a month, constantly. I knew there would be a change in my life to an extent. I'm going to do everything I can to make sure I stay part of the world."
To his credit, Garfield has been echoing that personal excitement quite consistently; in an earlier interview with AICN, he spoke about how the role is a dream come true.
"My personal journey with it, as Andrew, has kind of syncopated with Peter and his journey in this movie," he said. "I got very excited, of course, when I knew I was going to be playing the role and I was just living in a pure fantasy for three months going, "I get to do this and I get to do that and I get to do all my stunts and I get to wear the fucking costume and I get to hang out with kids in Queens and I get to research all that and I get to be a kid again... I get to fulfill a fantasy!"
For more from Garfield, click over to the LA Times.