September 6th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
Some boys dream of becoming astronauts or leading their country, but actor Andrew Garfield just wanted to slip into some Spandex. Now, he's finally getting his wish as the title character in the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot.
The British star, who wore his first Spidey costume for Halloween at age 4, tells The Hollywood Reporter, "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?'"
Garfield jumped at the chance, and admits that the part was particularly important to him because he can relate to Spider-Man's underdog alter-ego, Peter Parker.
"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," he says of the role. "It’s a true [expletive] 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."
While Garfield, 27, is excited about possibly taking on the Green Goblin, he confesses that he was a bit more nervous facing off against Justin Timberlake in the Facebook drama "The Social Network," in theaters October 1.
"At first I was very intimated [sic] because he has this iconic status, which is such a weird thing for a human being to have," Garfield says of the 29-year-old "SexyBack" singer. But, he adds, "He’s just a good person, genuinely funny, engaging, warm, supportive. Very generous."
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