What a great time to be a comic book fan. Not only are we getting more films featuring our favorite heroes than ever before, but some of Hollywood’s most talented performers are lining up and signing on to portray these characters. Decades ago, the thought of some actors joining these projects seemed ludicrous, but now, we have some Academy Award-level talent joining the likes of Marvel and DC properties just to name a few.
Two of the most talented performers working in the film industry today are Andrew Garfield and Amy Adams. Both have had their share of experiences working on big superhero productions, with Garfield having played Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the two Amazing Spider-Man films and Adams playing Lois Lane in the DC Extended Universe.
Recently, the two performers got together for a conversation courtesy of Variety’s Actors on Actors – mainly as a discussion for their roles in this year’s Oscar contenders. For Garfield, he has Hacksaw Ridge and Silence, while Adams has Arrival and Nocturnal Animals. The conversation then led to a discussion about their respective experiences on playing a part in a major comic book franchise.
On her role as Lois Lane, Adams references her approach to the role – especially after having other actresses portrayed Clark Kent’s love interest before her:
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. 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.
Meanwhile, Garfield reflected on his experiences playing Spider-Man. Garfield cites that he felt that he was at a much different place as a younger actor than he is now, even commenting that he felt “a little heartbroken” during the experience:
There’s something about being that young in that kind of machinery which I think is really dangerous. I was still young enough to struggle with the value system, I suppose, of corporate America really, it’s a corporate enterprise mostly.
Garfield wasn’t pleased with the direction in which his iteration of the webhead was going:
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.
You can watch the fascinating conversation between these two dynamic performers right here.