When it was decided that The Amazing Spider-Man would feature a new story that has never been told on the big screen, it was also decided that Gwen Stacy (and not Mary Jane Watson) would be Peter Parker’s/Spider-Man’s romantic interest in this new iteration of the Spider-Man world.
Emma Stone has not seen the Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films since she saw those films during the midnight showings when they came out. She was also not familiar with the character and the story of Gwen Stacy until read all about it before she went in to audition for the role. With Stone playing the role of Peter Parker’s first love, I had the opportunity to talk to Stone by participating in a roundtable with other writers where we got the chance to ask The Amazing Spider-Man co-star some questions.
What was it that made this reboot essential – seeing how the original trilogy is still fresh in viewer’s minds?
Emma Stone: I don’t know if it was essential, but I think it was very interesting because the perspective has shifted and it’s a different way to telling a story we all know love. Obviously, I might be a little protective of it because it’s the first time we’ve seen Gwen’s story in the way it was in the comics. I was really excited by that because learning back when the great tragedy of her story is pretty mind-blowing to me.
Did you ready any of Gwen’s stories by following the comics?
Do you feel Mary Jane and Gwen are going to cross paths in the future?
Stone: I believe so. Well, I don’t know. I don’t know what’s happening. They are writing (the sequel) right now and there is only things that I could hope would occur. I don’t know exactly what is to come in the next thing, but I would assume that they will cross paths.
One of things of what I thought about the movie was that the chemistry between you and Andrew Garfield. How did you go about developing that while filming?
Stone: Chemistry is like an indefinable thing. When it comes to people playing your best friend or your parents or anything like that, there’s always different kind of element to chemistry. It’s one of those things where you’re like really good friends with someone and they bring along their friend to dinner. It feels like that every time you meet someone as an actor when you’re auditioning. You don’t know if it’s going to be the best friend or the friend they brought along to dinner.
One of my favorite scenes was when he confides in you. It’s just so fresh to me and I was just so happy to talk to you today because I wanted to ask you about that particular scene on the rooftop.
Stone: I really loved that element of the relationship that she is a confidant and that there is no Harry Osborn obviously so there is no best friend that he is telling all this to. She kind of takes on that role as well in his life of knowing that, which isn’t in the comic books because he didn’t know he was Spider-Man. That was something that I thought was really special about that movie because she falls in love with Peter Parker, they kiss and then he tells her. Well, he tells through what he does to her. I really liked that too. I thought it was really important.
What I really liked about your character is that you weren’t really a damsel-in-distress at any point. You were a very strong woman and very empowered. Denis Leary also brought up the fact that you improvised some scenes. Did you bring to Marc the kind of character you wanted or was it already set in stone about how strong she is?
Stone: I think they wanted Gwen to be strong because obviously she is the ultimate damsel-in-distress in the whole story of it, even though she is never wanted to be. She is a strong character and she was written as the valedictorian and the oldest daughter of the police chief. She was incredibly responsible. All of that was kind of in her archetype, but that was something that was really important. I also thought it was important to be stupid in love and to have those moments of faltering because it always drive you a little nuts when their like “She is JUST STRONG, she is JUST A BADASS and that is important for women to see that.” No because she’s getting her heart broken and she’s in distress and she makes choices to overcome these circumstances like in Oscorp where he is telling her to get the hell out of there and she decides these things. She is very much in distress.
What was the most difficult scene to shoot?
Stone: It would have to be getting my heart broken. It’s never the physical. It’s always the emotional. It’s the days you go home with a terrible headache and you are so sick of crying and so sick of hurting and having to imagine things that brings that up all day long. That’s a newer element because I did comedy for so long, but in The Help and certain things in Easy A, there are days where you have to be shattered are the worst. They are not fun, but they are so important.
What was your favorite scene to shoot?
Stone: My favorite scene was the scene on the floor in the bedroom where we are talking to each other about how every day my father goes to work strapped with a gun to hip just because they left us alone all day to shoot that scene and they would move the cameras around so we can just stay seated on the floor. It was a really special day that kind of transcended what my experience has been as an actor. I am very new to any genre outside of comedy.
Can you tell us about any upcoming project you have?
Stone: The Gangster Squad. I think it comes out September 7th, which is exciting.
Have you’ve seen early cuts of the movie?
Stone: Yeah and it’s so cool and great. I am really excited about it. Sean Penn is literally ridiculous. He is like from another planet. He’s such a genius. He did an impression for me on set once of this he met in jail. This guy was a really bizarre guy who had this dog or cat or something. People do impressions. He morphed into the man. I felt I was sitting next to man in jail. I was like “You are the most genius actor I have ever seen.” It’s incredible.
You also got to work with Ryan Gosling, who you worked with on “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” How was it working with him again?
Stone: It’s fantastic. It was a totally different kind of movie. It was a movie that we always wished we could do because it’s 1949 and we both wished that we were in 1949 right now. It was kind of fun to Bogey and Bacall it.
I know a date has been set for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” How many movies do you see yourself making?
Stone: Uh, two? That’s all I know so far. I’ll just go with the facts. I don’t write them. We’ll just have to see what happens.
The Amazing Spider-Man opens today in Hialeah theaters. Click here for showtimes.