The new movie is an entirely fresh reboot, although it’s an oddity since the finale of the previous incarnation was only five years ago. To illustrate the point, Maguire played a high school student and he’s now 36-years-old in real life. Moreover, the boyfriend of Maguire’s on-screen love-interest was played by Joe Manganiello, who’s now a salt and pepper 35-years-old.
This is a cute piece, in which the actors effectively interview each other about the lunacy that is making a movie of this magnitude and the indignities of casting and how its success can swallow your private life.
Tobey on Andrew being cast in the role: “Actually, when [the film] was coming together, I was particularly excited at two moments: one was when [director] Marc Webb got involved. I think he’s an interesting and cool choice. and then I was certainly curious as to who was going to play Peter Parker. When I heard it was you, I was literally like, f**king perfect! I just want it to be great, and I thought, What a great actor Andrew is, I’m glad that’s what’s happening here.”
Andrew on the casting process: “It was pretty basic, apart from it being more dragged out and pressure-filled and dramatic than any other audition process I’ve ever been through. They like to put you through the ringer, in the respect that it creates drama and tension among a generation of actors. And they succeed every time, it seems. But, no, it was great. I’m friends with a few of the guys who were up for it, and I actually had dinner with Jamie [Bell] the night of my screen test and his screen test. We compared notes and war stories, and we kind of got past the ridiculousness of it all and thought it would be a nice idea to get everyone together and kind of interview each other about how messed up the process is, being against each other, and remember that we’re all in it together, knowing that when you take off that bodysuit someone else is going to be stepping into your sweat immediately after.”
Andrew on satisfying the fans: “I just feel such a great responsibility to the story and to the fans, because I know in my heart how much this character means to people, because it means that much to me. For the sake of all the people who care about it as much as I do; I want to bring the character to life and make sure they’re as satisfied as they can possibly be.” – via VMAN Magazine.