Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield bites the hand that feeds him

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star blames studio interference for the film's poor performance among critics and at the box office

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When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made its way into cinemas earlier this year, it was met with lacklustre reviews. And despite some added star power from Jamie Foxx, the box office returns were mediocre – not quite the record-breaking figures studio bosses were hoping for. 

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But those are the very people to blame for the sequel’s disappointment, according to the film’s star Andrew Garfield, who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The actor, 31, made it clear he “genuinely loved” the original script penned by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci but claimed studio interference was to blame for the final outcome.

“There was a thread running through it,” he told The Daily Beast. “I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it… saying, ‘No, that doesn’t work,” then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story.

“Certain people at the studio [Sony] had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.”

Garfield goes on to detail some of the bits of Kurtzman and Orci’s script that viewers didn’t get to see. “I got to work in deep scenes that you don’t usually see in comic book movies, and I got to explore this orphan boy – a lot of which was taken out, and which we’d explored more.

“It’s interesting to do a postmortem. I’m proud of a lot of it and had a good time, and was a bit taken aback by the response.”

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A third movie in Garfield’s Spider-Man franchise is currently being planned, although Sony announced in July that the film’s original 10th June 2016 release date had been pushed back to sometime in 2018.