Tobey Maguire Sends Note of Support to Andrew Garfield for Spider-Man Reboot
12.29.10 by Ryan
When director Sam Raimi decided to leave the Spider-Man 4, star Tobey Maguire followed, though the actor admitted he would have stayed on as Peter Parker had Raimi not quit. Columbia Pictures decided to reboot Spider-Man, hiring Marc Webb to direct and cast Andrew Garfield in July as Peter Parker.
Production on the reboot began in Los Angeles this month, and during a break for the holidays, Garfield told BBC News (via MTV) that Maguire offered him support in taking over the role.
[Maguire] sent me a lovely message through a mutual friend. He gave me his support and it meant a great deal of course because part of the reason I love and have continued to love this character was because of his portrayal. To step into those shoes is no mean feat. It was generous of him to reach out and say something. So I'm thankful.
Garfield clearly has a reverence for the material, comparing the comic book property to Greek mythology and the works of William Shakespeare.
I feel like comic books are our Greek mythology, like a modern Greek mythology. I kind of equate the themes, and I think a lot of people would agree, the themes that Stan Lee was writing about in his comics are the same themes you'd find in Shakespeare... or in these tragedies. I feel that all of the same human themes are in there, and it's just under a different kind of guise.
The still-untitled Spider-Man reboot opens on July 3, 2012. Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, and Martin Sheen co-star.