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Andrew Garfield has revealed he lied to Emma Stone about being in the new Spider-Man movie.
The British actor donned the tight-fitting costume for the third time when he reprised his role as Peter Parker in No Way Home last month.
He first played the character in the 2012 release The Amazing Spider-Man, and then once more in a sequel a couple of years later.
And when the 38-year-old got the call asking if he would be interested in appearing in Tom Holland's third outing as Spidey, he, of course, jumped at the chance.
However, as it would have been a major spoiler if the news got out that he was returning to the role, he had to keep his mouth firmly shut.
So he wasn't even allowed to tell Stone, who starred opposite him as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man movies.
Discussing his deception, Garfield told the Happy Sad Confused podcast: "Emma kept on texting me and she was, like, 'Are you in this new Spider-Man film?'
"I was, like, 'I don’t know what you’re talking about'. She was, like, 'Shut up, just tell me', I’m, like, 'Honestly, don’t know what... '.
"I kept it going even with her. It was hilarious."
And when Stone finally saw the movie, she was not impressed, telling Garfield: "You’re a jerk."
But it wasn't just his former co-star he had to tell some porkies to, the actor also spent a long time lying to the media about it.
Garfield told The Wrap: "It was stressful, I’m not gonna lie.
"It was rather stressful but also weirdly enjoyable.”
He continued: "It was like this massive game of Werewolf that I was playing with journalists and with people guessing, and it was very fun,” he added, referring to a party game about concealing your identity.
He continued: "There were moments where I was like, ‘God, I hate lying'. I don’t like to lie and I’m not a good liar, but I kept framing it as a game. And I kept imagining myself purely as a fan of that character, which is not hard to do.
"I placed myself in that position of, well, what would I want to know? Would I want to be toyed with? Would I want to be lied to? Would I want to be kept on my toes guessing? Would I want to discover it when I went to the theatre? Would I want to be guessing, guessing, guessing?"
Garfield said the answer to all those questions was pretty clear, adding: “I would want the actor to do an incredibly good job at convincing me he wasn’t in it. And then I would want to lose my mind in the theatre when my instinct was proven right. That’s what I would want.
"It’s been a rare experience to play that mass game of Werewolf with every single Spider-Man fan in the world. That’s been incredibly fun."
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