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Andrew Garfield Says It Was 'Very Fun' To Constantly Lie About Appearing In Spider-Man: No Way Home

Jess Hardiman

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Andrew Garfield Says It Was 'Very Fun' To Constantly Lie About Appearing In Spider-Man: No Way Home


Andrew Garfield has said it was 'very fun' to lie about being in Spider-Man: No Way Home, although he also admitted that with great responsibility comes... great 'stress'.

After appearing alongside Tom Holland and Tobey Maguire in the latest instalment of the web-slinging franchise, Garfield opened up about fibbing to reporters who were eager to know if he'd be donning the spandex once again.

The 38-year-old actor 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.

Credit: Sony Pictures
Credit: Sony Pictures

“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.”

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Garfield, 38, previously donned the red and blue outfit in Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man films, which were released back in 2012 and 2014, but returned with Maguire to join forces with Holland’s latest iteration of Spidey.

The movie picks up right after Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) framed Spider-Man for his murder and unmasked him as Peter Parker at the end of 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Facing a tide of negative press, Peter turns to Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and persuades him to cast a spell to make people forget he's Spider-Man - which ends up backfiring and dragging the likes of Alfred Molina's Doc Ock and Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin into the MCU.

In another interview with Variety, Garfield said there was one scene that won him over when it came to taking on the role.

He said: “I will say the image of my catching [Zendaya’s] MJ - that was really beautiful and it kind of sold me on the whole thing.” 

When asked why he agreed to do the project, Garfield said he hadn't expected to ever consider playing Peter Parker again, but that the idea was ‘immediately undeniable’. 

“The pitch was really, really enticing," he explained.

"They said, ‘You played this character in your way and what would you want to explore if you had an opportunity? If you were dumped into this other universe and faced with this younger you and this older you, how will you respond?’” 

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Spider-Man, TV and Film

Jess Hardiman
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