“The Amazing Spider-Man” (directed by Marc Webb) is a reboot of the “Spider-Man” movie series that started with the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy of the first “Spider-Man” movies: 2002’s “Spider-Man,” 2004’s “Spider-Man 2” and 2007’s “Spider-Man 3.” For the 2012 “Amazing Spider-Man” reboot, there is a whole new cast: Andrew Garfield is Peter Parker/Spider-Man; Emma Stone is Gwen Stacy (Peter Parker’s love interest); Sally Field and Martin Sheen are Peter’s aunt and uncle May Parker and Ben Parker, who raise Peter after his parents mysteriously disappear; Denis Leary as New York City police captain George Stacy, Gwen’s father; and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard, the movie’s chief villain. Here is what Field and Sheen said at a New York City press conference for “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
Were either of you familiar with the “Spider-Man” comics before you made this movie? Did you read the comics when you were younger?
Field: No. I never read them. I read “Little Lulu.” That was my girl. I can sing that song. Never mind, I’m not going to do it.
I love comic books. I was a real comic-book freak when I was a kid, except they were the girl ones … Archie comics, I read those.
But my brother, who is a world-renowned physicist, he’s one of the finest physicists in the world, he’s almost three years older than I, he’s so excited that finally I’ve arrived, because my brother used to read all of those [“Spider-Man” comics]. I never read [“Spider-Man” comics], still to this day.
Sheen: The same for me. I was a big movie fan. But I did read Archie comics. My passion was for movies. Saturday afternoons was always the series: westerns or sports or whatever.
As far as Spider-Man is concerned specifically, I’m 21 years older than he. I missed him totally. I remember the afternoon cartoon. My kids would rush to the TV to see that. That was as close as I ever got.
Martin, when you’re working on a big-budget Hollywood movie, do you miss the kind of experience you had in the 1970s with a rebel director going crazy?
Sheen: I don’t know how to answer that.
Field: Say you don’t remember anything.
Sheen: I don’t remember anything. No, at my age and at this time in my career, I’m just lucky to be living, let alone working. So I give thanks and praise each day that I’m able to get up and walk around and still be able to work and make my living doing the thing I love the most. Whether it’s a big budget or a small budget, I’m just delighted to be on the team.
Field: And we’re delighted to have you here.
Sheen: Well, thank you very much.
For more info: “The Amazing Spider-Man” website