Andrew Garfield: Spider-Man Is ‘A Symbol Of Hope’

Andrew Garfield hopes his take on Marvel’s Spider-Man will be an inspiration to skinny kids who might not be able to stand up for themselves.

The star of “The Amazing Spider-Man” sat down with Access Hollywood’s Scott “Movie” Mantz this weekend at the film’s junket, where he explained why he feels like the friendly neighborhood web-slinger saved his life growing up.

“He’s a symbol of hope and I was a skinny kid and I still am a skinny kid. I wanted to have more power. I felt like I was born into the wrong body and I should have been stronger and bigger,” the 28-year-old actor explained.

“I saw him as an idealistic. I was an idealistic kid as well, so whenever I saw an injustice I wanted to do something, I didn’t have the authority or power to do it and I’d usually get my teeth kicked in,” he continued.

Adding,”[The character is able] to reach his hand out and grab the viewer’s hand and like, ‘Hey, you’re not alone,’ Spider-Man was that for me.”

When it came time to getting into superhero shape for the movie, Andrew wanted to remain on the slender side.

“I wanted to stay skinny because that’s a much greater fantasy. A skinny guy beating the crap out of big guys is what I want to see,” he told Scott. “We all know that Jason Statham can beat the crap out of people, but there’s no surprise and there’s nothing thrilling about that to me. But, what is thrilling is when you see someone who looks like he is going to get blown over by the wind really surprising a bunch of mean, big [expletives].”

“The Amazing Spider-Man” – which also stars Emma Stone, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Sally Field – swings into theaters on July 3.

-- Jesse Spero

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