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Martin Sheen Talks Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man

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The folks at Total Film magazine have a new interview with Martin Sheen in their latest edition and they shared some choice quotes on their site today. With Sheen set to star as Uncle Ben in the new Spider-man movie, which we’ve seen some phrasing from people saying it’s not a true reboot and that it will fit in with what we’ve seen before from Sam Raimi’s movies, he’s getting some experience with the comics world and the up and coming star Andrew Garfield.

“I’d never read the comic books. But I adore Tobey Maguire and he was up against this guy who had these chains coming out of his back [Dr Octopus].

“I didn’t know who Uncle Ben was, though Cliff Robertson played the part. I knew that.”

Sheen has lots of positive things to say about Garfield, who we just saw in the very intriguing Never Let Me Go, that shows a lot of his potential as well. “He’s quite the marvel, a very fine actor. He’s a lovely guy, very disciplined, very focused.

“He called me up and said, ‘This is Andrew Garfield’ and I said, ‘Who?’ and he said, ‘Uh, we’re in the movie together…’ and I said, ‘Yeah, what part do you play?’ and he said, ‘Uh, I play your nephew!’ I liked him instantly.

“We had a wonderful lunch and laughed and joked and he said, “Just feel free to bring whatever you like” and I said, “absolutely.” The guy who’s directing takes a beating because his last name is Webb! But he’s lovely.”

“He works in a very organic way – he loves accidents, when something happens in a scene that causes him to do something else. I went through a couple of very emotional scenes and he was right there, focused.

“And he was the same off camera. He didn’t slack off. No, sir! He was equally emotional off camera. Very impressive. He’s going to be a huge star.”

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