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.