Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

On the set of The Amazing Spider-man 2

spiderman.jpg
spidey2.jpg
spidey.jpg

Andrew Garfield tells Joe Ellison all on the New York set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

It’s a T-shirt-sopping summer afternoon on the banks of Manhattan’s East River, and ShortList is watching Spider-Man shoot hoops. This isn’t part of a ‘wacky’ new direction for the sequel – although he’d be a force to be reckoned with on the court. No, it’s merely Andrew Garfield keeping himself busy between takes. However, when we catch up with the British star later, we’re told another sport has played a big part in the shaping of his web-slinging superhero.

“I want Spider-Man to be like Usain Bolt, to have that playful energy,” he tells us. “Minimalism in film is trendy now, and I’m fed up with it. I’ve also been watching a lot of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.”

It shows, too. In the scene we witness – Parker swinging into his high-school graduation, before unmasking and sweeping love interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) off her feet – the comedy feels very physical, suggesting more of a slapstick approach. This is accentuated by the inspired casting of Paul Giamatti as bumbling bank robber Rhino, who’s rumoured to feature inthe film’s blow-out opening action sequence.

Other new faces primed to tingle Parker’s senses include potential Green-Goblin-in-waiting Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), and Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), an Oscorp employee who suffers a work-related accident to become villain Electro.

Unsurprisingly, the film’s appropriately surnamed director Marc Webb tells us what to expect: "Action, and on a much bigger scale than before,” while the stunt team proudly informs us that New Yorkers haven’t witnessed this much car flipping since Roland Emmerich’s various cinematic assaults on the Big Apple. And for our money, that’s no bad thing.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is at cinemas from 18 April

Related

spider-man2.jpg

First Trailer For The Amazing Spider-Man 2

joss whedon.jpg

Joss Whedon's Superhero Masterclass

tdkr.jpg

Superhero movie infographic

superbad.jpg

Most awkward high school moments in film

miilion-ways.jpg

A Million Ways To Die In The West Trailer

22-jump-street.jpg

22 Jump Street trailer lands

Comments

More

The best tributes to the late Gene Wilder

'If there's a heaven, he has a golden ticket'

30 Aug 2016

Jonah Hill: "Maybe I am done with comedy after all"

He's gone from stoner-bro stalwart to Oscar-nominated superstar, but as Tom Ellen discovers, he’s still coming to terms with the spotlight

24 Aug 2016

This trailer for Russia's answer to The Avengers looks insane

Mother Russia, this looks epic

24 Aug 2016

Experience all of cinema's most cringe-inducing moments at once

The ultimate endurance supercut

22 Aug 2016

John Turturro is reprising his role as Jesus for a Big Lebowski spin-o

Jesus, this is big by Joe Ellison

19 Aug 2016

Why is no one watching Matthew McConaughey’s YouTube channel?

18 Aug 2016

Snakes on a plane - how the hell did it happen?

As the film turns 10, Ralph Jones delves deep into the inside story of the reptilian masterpiece by Ralph Jones

18 Aug 2016

10 famous re-cast movie roles

How different things could have been, eh?

18 Aug 2016

Excellent new trailer for Warren Beatty's Rules Don’t Apply

18 Aug 2016

Security guard confiscates BMX bike, does incredible stunt on it, beco

We call this move 'Karma’s a Bitch’

17 Aug 2016