7:50 pm EDT, July 19, 2013

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ at SDCC: Jamie Foxx on Electro, Andrew Garfield on gay Spider-Man, and more

Hypable attended the press panel for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 today and found out more about Shailene Woodley, Jamie Foxx’s character, and Andrew Garfield’s thoughts on the possibility of Spider-Man being gay. Beware of spoilers as you read on.

In discussing his character Electro, Jamie Foxx said he wanted his character “to be a little angry” and referenced his experience standing up to someone who tried to mooch off of him. In discussing his character’s transformation, Foxx said he needed to ignored and angry. “He needed to be betrayed by love, he needed to be betrayed by his family, and he needed to be betrayed by work.” His own mother apparently even forgot his birthday.

When asked how the role of Electro stacks up to his other iconic roles, Foxx responded with gravity. “The nailing of Max is the main thing. I know the history of Max. If you know that this guy’s lost his father, you know there is something different.”

In discussing the Shailene Woodley rumors, the producers felt the story got too big in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and too much with two girls.  When asked if she would stay play Mary Jane in the third film, he said “We love this girl and time will tell.”

Garfield eloquently waxed prose about his question of Spider-Man being gay. “It was simply a question. It was a philosophical question about sexual orientation, about prejudice…It wouldn’t make a lot of sense for me in the third movie to be like ‘Now I think I like boys.’ It was just more a philosophical question. What I believe about Spider-Man is that he does stand for everybody. Black, white, Chinese, gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender. He will put himself in harms way for everyone.

He continued, “He represents everyone, but more importantly he represents the underdog. So how much of an outcast is my version of Peter Parker anymore? That’s my question. Just love for the underdog, the marginalized. Protecting those that need protection. In terms of teenagers now a days, there are horror stories about young gay and women not being accepted by society. In some cases they attempt suicide, and sometimes are successful. Who is there to stand up for them?”

Moving on from that topic, Garfield compared Spider-Man to Usain Bolt in discussing his playful nature before the challenge. “It’s just a mess. Peter’s a mess. Spider-Man’s a mess. When we meet Spider-Man at the beginning of this film, he’s taken great pleasure in the control of his power.” Garfield commented on Spider-Man’s attitude in the film. “He has the confidence to be heroic and its not boring heroism.”

In discussing Peter Parker’s psychology in comparison to Spider-Man’s, Garfield commented, “Peter’s his little brother in a way. He has to see a real boy in the mirror instead of this symbol.”

Garfield also noted the stress of playing Spider-Man and its demanding nature. He credited the screenwriters for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as creating a “real ensemble” piece for this film and helping him adapt to the pressure.

'Amazing Spider-Man 2' at SDCC

When asked about playing Peter Parker and the fame of it all, Garfield replied with a humble attitude. “I try not to look. But then I went into Toys R Us last Christmastime shopping for my nephews…It was humbling. It was just really really humbling. Its not something that I really identify with. It doesn’t feel real. It doesn’t feel like me. It’s just really cool! It doesn’t really mean anything. It’s the suit. It’s not the actor playing the role. It’s about the everyman nature of Peter and Spider-Man and what he stands for and who he protects.”

In comparing the suits from the first and second films, Garfield jokingly remarked, “I was able to urinate in this one better. I dig it more. It’s mostly my ability to urinate, which I’m happy about.”

The relationship between Gwen (Emma Stone) and Peter Parker was explored by Garfield. “It’s tough to have a life as Peter…You’re always on call…It’s a physical impulse and then I have to go…He’s human. He’s not superhuman.”

DeHaan said he wasn’t expecting to enjoy the film as much as he did and to feel so fulfilled after it. DeHaan noted the artistic beauty of the film. When asked about how he interacts with Peter Parker and the differences from James Franco’s version, DeHaan gave an intricate answer.

“Peter and Harry were childhood friends and then Harry was sent off to a boarding school at kind of a young age.” He has a complicated relationship with Norman and ignored his home life and partied. “He really tried to buy his happiness. Now he’s graduated high school and he’s decided to go home for the first time. He has to confront Peter. They are trying to reconcile their friendship. A lot of what they have in common is their complicated relationships with their fathers.”

Webb noted the difference in the two films with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 being more fun on a whole. “The physical comedy elements, which are very difficult, …show Peter Parker being Spider-Man. Physical comedy is a lost art.” Webb referenced the standards of Charlie Chaplin in helping to set the scene.

Taking advice from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’s Alfonso Cuaron, Webb commented on his artistic thought process with the well-known franchise. “You have to surrender to the material. Learning how to surrender to that is a very difficult thing to do when your job is to be in control.”

Andrew Garfield resumes his role of Peter Parker in the sequel to the successful reboot of the Spiderman series. Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, and Dane DeHaan. It will be released May 2, 2014.  Check out the recent trailer posted by Hypable.

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