Andrew Garfield and Amy Adams are talking superhero disappointments as part of Variety‘s “Actors On Actors” series.
The pair are no strangers to comic book movies, with Adams’ continued role as Lois Lane in Warner Bros. “Superman” movies and Garfield’s two performances as Spider-Man in “The Amazing Spider-Man”. Now, with Garfield passing the torch to the next Spider-Man, Tom Holland, he’s looking back at his time wearing Spidey’s tights in his first big-budget outing, saying the experience left him “heartbroken.”
The 33-year-old actor admits that it was hard to come to terms with his expectations for the character as a Spider-Man fan.
“The story and the character were actually not the top of the priority list, ultimately,” he says of the two Spider-Man movies. “I found that really, really tricky. I signed up to serve the story, and to serve this incredible character that I’ve been dressing as since I was three, and then it gets compromised and it breaks your heart. I got heartbroken a little bit to a certain degree.”
It’s a feeling that Adams echoes: “I’ve signed on to things for one reason and they’ve turned into something else and it’s always a little heartbreaking because you have to learn to let go of that ideal. It was kind of part of growing up. You have to mature through that and come up with something learned for the next thing.”
Like Garfield, Adams also struggles with the development of her comic book character.
“That’s the tricky thing with Lois, that I find is, I love playing her, I love everyone I work with, but sometimes it’s tricky because I feel she’s in service of the story instead of the story serving the character,” Adams says. “That sometimes can be tricky when you show up and you really wanna retain a character and you have to serve the story… in a perfect universe they all work together.”