I once tweeted the following question to no one in particular, “Who is your favorite Spiderman villain?” Some Marvel writer quickly corrected my glaring mistake, “Boo, it’s Spider-Man, not Spiderman.” “He’s not Jewish,” someone else tweeted in. So, ok, I am not an avid reader of the books, but I pretty much grew up like every kid, loving Spider-Man, hyphenated or not. I used to play the Marvel Super Heroes RPG, and I know Spider-Man has ‘Amazing’ strength on his FASERIP score, that’s the ‘S’ in FASERIP for the uneducated.
There have been, and hopefully will continue to be, countless iterations of Spider-Man, so when I was given the chance to meet the “real” Spider-Man in person, I rolled my 2d10 and prayed for a successful meeting. It was a beautiful, sunny day in South Beach at the Mandarin Oriental where I met up with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and let’s not forget Captain Stacy himself, Denis Leary. I screened The Amazing Spider-Man the night before and was excited to speak to each of them. You’ll have to wait a few days on that review.
It was, by far, the highlight of this reporter’s growing career. I only had a night to prepare, so I delved into IMDb and found out some quality facts about each. Probably my biggest surprise was that Denis Leary is a bonafide doctor . . . he’s freakin’ Doctor Denis Leary, folks!
Emma Stone has a strong commitment to fighting cancer, and the Spider-Man team did a fabulous job of spreading that message in Miami yesterday with their “#BeAmazing – Stand Up and Volunteer” campaign. Emma is also an avid Gilda Radner fan, and I was thrilled to draw out her favorite Radner film, but you’ll have to catch that in the interview piece.
Andrew Garfield, I didn’t get much on him really, but my girlfriend filled me in that Emma and he were an item. That isn’t really the kind of stuff I wanted to focus on though. I wanted to know what it was like to BE Spider-Man, for real, or at least as real as it gets without The Universal Table. (yea, that’s another RPG reference, I am gonna get you to check it out eventually).
Some of the other folks at the table wanted to press each of them about why this film was “essential,” and while each answered in their own way, the message was clear across the board, this is OUR Spider-Man, stop bugging us about the other films. We are actors, professionals, hired to do the best job we can, and we feel we did. And, my two cents on the matter will be in my review, but really is ANY film ever “essential?”
You’ll have to listen to the interviews for a taste of what my adventure was like. Simply click each image above to access the separate interviews. And, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that it is still possible to Be Amazing and Stand Up to Cancer yourself! Check out the events in your area here! I hope you have as much fun listening to these interviews as I had meeting these charming and talented actors.