Many people who watched The Amazing Spiderman (2012) were probably surprised to see someone other than Tobey Maguire playing the lead role. To add to that confusion, was the fact that the person whom was playing Spiderman was a complete newbie to the film industry! Or was he?
Andrew Garfield, an American actor who was raised in England, has been acting for quite a while. His film career started at about the same time as Emma Stone’s first appearance in Superbad (2007). In addition, he had starred in many shows in England, where he was raised.
However, he somehow has stayed under the radar until his recent leading role in the new Spiderman film. What caused him to stay under for so long? He had appeared in many popular films including The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and the award winning The Social Network (2010).
Sometimes staying under the radar can be a blessing to an actor or screenwriter. Being under the radar allows a person more flexibility in the types of roles that they choose. They can diversify their character and determine what types of personalities they want to be known for, if any.
For Garfield, all that patience paid off. He is now a hero to moviegoers nationwide and will find a lot of respect in the film industry.
James Vanderbilt could be considered the “renegade” of The Amazing Spider Man (2012) screenwriting crew. He was part of a four man team, made up of seasoned professionals (i.e. Alvin Sargent) and the actual creator of the Spiderman series, Stan Lee.
To imagine the tension that Vanderbilt must’ve felt when entering this writing crew is inspiring. Vanderbilt’s career is only made up of a few movie scripts, none of which could match the grand scale of this entertainment-driven, action film.
It has been said that a person is only limited by their own fear. Vanderbilt could have easily choked on a project this big, falling into depression and self loathing as he tried to match horns with these big league players. But he didn’t. Whatever the method was that he used, it worked; and now his name can be seen as the first name on the film’s IMDB page.
Many screenwriters become writers because they do not want to face people. They would rather live in their fantasy worlds and create characters whom they enjoy seeing and experiencing something with. However, the film industry is a business and there will always come a time when a screenwriter must collaborate, join meetings and deal with difficult people. To build these skills early on is a diving board to success for any Hollywood-bound writer.
What is there not to like about Emma Stone? The beautiful 23 year old redhead represents everything good about women. She is good humored, considerate and wears her heart on her sleeve. Some people want to marry her while everyone else wants to be her best friend.
Needless to say, she is fast becoming the sweetheart of the American public. While her career only consists of a few movies, they are all films that characterize the personality that audiences have grown to love about her. Even in the new Spiderman film, her personality shines and transforms her character into something more like herself. She is not becoming the character- the character is becoming her.
Stone will likely have a strong career for a very long time due to her ability to choose roles that portray her as an honorable, good-natured young woman. The more people see this in her, the more they will root for her in every film that she follows in.
Alvin Sargent is considered one of the great veterans of the film industry, having had steady employment since he started working in Hollywood in the 1960’s. The latest film on his record, The Amazing Spider Man (2012) was a profound success in the box office and charmed audiences with a new depiction of the popularly known tale.
Working in a team of four, including creator Stan Lee, Sargent provided his own unique talents and script writing know-how to the tumultuous task of writing a Spiderman film that was fresh, new and original.
Working with a team of other writers can be a difficult task for any screenwriter to attempt, since the diverse backgrounds and styles can easily turn into a battle for power instead of a collaborative Eden of ideas.
However, the resulting film script ties together well and displays a humanitarian story of good vs. evil as well as the beauty of the human spirit.
Sargent’s experience and knowledge of script writing shows just how powerful time can be in developing a person’s writing ability. At 20 years old, a person may not be the best writer. However, if that person persists, the writing they do as a 30 year old (or older) may show just how much talent they have had all the while.