Check out Marc Webb’s interview with Vanity Fair about “The Amazing Spider-Man” where he talks about Andrew and Emma’s chemistry:
Speaking of combinations, when did you realize that Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield had such amazing chemistry?
During the screen test, I knew that there was something there. When we did this one scene, though, where they run into each other in the hallway—it’s a very simple scene, a trope-y scene that we’ve seen in movies before. They both just brought some nervous adolescent energy to the table, and they injected such humanity into it. I remember very specifically sitting behind the monitor with a big smile on my face, knowing that we had something pretty special there.
Check out Emma’s interview with Rolling Stone about “The Amazing Spider-Man”.
After spending the last half-decade playing smart, independent women, Emma Stone was ready for a change: “Now I like women that are totally dependent,” she half-jokes to Rolling Stone. In fact, she’s come to love the “damsel in distress” aspects of her role as Peter Parker’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, in The Amazing Spider-Man (out July 3rd) – as well as her equally vulnerable part in September’s Gangster Squad. “I think my brain might be changing,” she says.
Doing an action movie like The Amazing Spider-Man is a different world for you. What concerns did you have?
When you hear “Spider-Man,” all you picture is green screen and wires and, like, CGI in post. But then they sent me over these top-secret scenes that were really interesting, and I was like, “Well, what do I have to lose just auditioning for something like this?”
Then I went and I read with Andrew [Garfield, who plays Peter Parker], and it was like a full-blown camera test, which I had never done before – with hair and makeup, and in costume and with lighting. It was like we were shooting a movie. I was doing a scene with Andrew, and it all kind of clicked in that the reality of actually shooting this was going to feel like any other movie I’ve done. Because it was grounded and it was realistic, and it was really lovely to find beats with him and to get to work with him, even for those six hours that I was auditioning. I think it’s really easy to put it into a box – like, “It’s just a superhero movie.”
More fireworks at the North American box office on the eve of U.S. Independence Day. My sources say Sony Pictures’ superhero reboot The Amazing Spider-Man opened with $35M (though some rival studios put the number in the neighborhood of $32M tonight). It easily sets a new domestic record for a Tuesday opening – helped by its 3D premium pricing – and is ahead of the original 2D Transformers ($27.8M) that debuted on Tuesday July 3rd, 2007. ”That is one huge number,” a Sony exec gushed to me tonight. “Unbelievable start to what should be a very exciting 6 days.”
Love was in the air for Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield on Thursday night.
The Amazing Spider-Man costars made their off-camera adoration known when they dined with about 10 people at Ninethirty at the W Los Angeles-Westwood.
“The two held hands the entire time,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE. “Emma sipped ginger ale and snuggled next to her man. They seemed so in love and happy.”
As for the menu, “he ordered food and she didn’t,” the source says, adding that “he fed a couple of bites into her mouth.”
Emma Stone brings a whole new style to the Spider-Man movies, with her trademark headbands and thigh-highs. We talked to Stone about her character’s possible Electra complex, unlearning love for Peter Parker, and the real-life science that went into this superhero story. Find out why she was studying stem cells during the making of Amazing Spider-Man.
Gwen Stacey is pretty iconic — you said you went through and did some research on her and her story. That was very apparent on screen, where everything down to her iconic thigh highs, her look, and the feel of the character seemed to come right off the comic page. How much of that was your preparation and how much of it were things that you worked on with Webb?
Costumes were done by Kim Barret, who is fantastic. We worked together (kind of) to make sure that Gwen felt like Gwen, but also made sense in the real world. And I’m a lot less voluptuous than Gwen, unfortunately, so it didn’t really go to those heights. But the signature headband, and the thigh-highs and the coats and all of that was important. Right down to the makeup. We really tried to keep her realistic and Earth-bound. And I’m by no means a supermodel or an unattainable looking person, so that element of Gwen was a bit different because she was such a beauty queen in the comic books. I’m more “next door” than she might be. So that, we worked on.
In terms of her as a character, [it was] kind of a hodgepodge of different versions of Gwen. I know she’s not very hippieish, and I don’t think she will ever be birthing Norman Osborn’s twins [like in the comics]. I don’t think that will be happening, or moving to London. We tried to keep some of that moxie in there, and some of that self-assuredness. She’s the daughter of a police chief. She’s the oldest daughter and there’s that responsibility that kicks in when she thinks that he could die any day. I think it was important that she took on that energy of being in charge of her family. And unwittingly she’s drawn to a man who is in the same position, a little Electra [complex] thing going on there.
How familiar are you with the science that your character deals with in this movie?
That’s a great question because I was homeschooled, and I hadn’t really been exposed to things like that. My aunt and uncle were scientists that worked for Merck. They had a hand in creating the cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil, so they are incredibly intelligent, fantastic minds. I’d always been fascinated by what they did. I myself — this is a little bit strange, but I had really bad acne a couple years ago. It was during a really stressful time period. I started going online, and trying to figure out what causes this kind of thing. And your cortisol production, and how those things change in your body. How things like Accutane work (I didn’t do that).
That is, he did it in the form of Scott Howard, the lupine character he played in 1985’s Teen Wolf. And he tangentially came up when Stone and Garfield bantered about their most beloved big-screen offerings the first time they met.
Looking back, says Stone to Garfield: “It was a good day. You asked me what my favorite movie was, and I said City Lights, and you thought I was being pretentious. I asked you what yours was, and you said Teen Wolf. Are you (expletive) kidding me? That’s even more pretentious! Please!”
Retorts Garfield, with no shame: “It’s my comfort movie. It kind of is my favorite movie. We had a giggle. It was a really nice day. I dropped you off at your hotel. We didn’t see each other for months until we started shooting.”
Now, Garfield, 28, and Stone, 23, find themselves in the rather complicated position of promoting a movie in which they play a couple, while they’re also a real-life item — something they resolutely avoid discussing. In The Amazing Spider-Man, a reboot of the original trilogy that first starred Tobey Maguire as the titular webslinger, Garfield is Peter Parker, an insecure, insular high-schooler who gets bitten by an arachnid and suddenly finds himself with superpowers that he has to learn to control. Early reviews of the movie, opening tonight in select theaters and nationwide Tuesday, have been largely positive. And Stone is his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, an outspoken, smart and charismatic foil to Peter’s natural reticence.
To him, she’s Em. To her, he’s Garfy. During an interview at the Crosby Street hotel, Garfield and Stone are by turns giggly, focused and affectionate. She’s irresistibly outgoing and pulsates with energy. He’s a little more circumspect and restrained, but can’t sit still and keeps announcing how “hyper” he feels. You sense why they connected, both as actors and as individuals.
First impressions count
“I went and auditioned with this guy who, right now, doesn’t seem like much. But let me tell you, on-screen, what a joy! He’s really one of the best actors. Earmuffs, because I don’t want him to hear it,” says Stone. “He’s incredible to work with. At the audition, I was instantly like, I could learn so much from this person. I didn’t go to theater school. I’m learning by doing.”
Garfield had been reading with actresses when Stone came to meet him and director Marc Webb. “Em was the last, on the last day. I was knackered. I was toast. She came in, and I woke up. I remember what happened in between takes,” says Garfield. “I’d only ever seen her do Zombieland and Superbad. I knew you were funny as hell. We did the breakup scene, and it killed me. I was shocked and surprised and upset. And you were so hard on yourself. In between, she just made me laugh. And I made you laugh.”
“The Amazing Spider-Man” is already getting amazing box office results in the foreign markets:
Sources are telling me that Sony Pictures‘ The Amazing Spider-Man swept the Asian box office this weekend as the much-anticipated actioner opened early in a handful of international territories. The reboot of Marvel‘s most popular character will be released July 3rd in the U.S./Canada where rival studios report the tracking has been flat. ”It’s off to a fantastic start overseas,” an insider gushes to me. Here are the updated numbers from Sony Pictures:
In its first weekend of release, The Amazing Spider-Man grossed an estimated $50.2 million in 13 overseas markets in Asia while Europe remains under the influence of the Euro Cup football championships until tonight, with school vacations in full effect starting tomorrow.
KOREA earned $13.4M on 1,213 screens, capturing a 71% market share. The KW15.8B total for Thursday to Sunday is the 3rd biggest of all time for a Hollywood film, behind only the 2nd and 3rd Transformers films. This is 24% bigger than Spider-Man 3 and 10% more than Avengers.
JAPAN opened with $11.4M on 1,092 screens, pulling in an estimated 84% of the country’s Saturday-Sunday weekend box office.
INDIA grossed $6.0M on 1,236 screens, the biggest opening ever for a Hollywood film, 74% bigger than Spider-Man 3, 73% more than Avengers, and more than double the lifetime box office of The Dark Knight.
The PHILIPPINES bowed with $3.2M on 529 screens, capturing the entire market in its opening weekend. This is the 4th biggest Friday-Sunday opening ever (behind Avengers, Transformers 3, and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.)
TAIWAN did $2.9M on 268 screens while taking in 73% of the market’s weekend total. It is the 2nd biggest Fri-Sun weekend of the year (behind Avengers.)
HONG KONG earned $2.7M on 158 screens, pulling in 84% of the total market. This is the 4th biggest Friday-Sunday opening of all time.
SINGAPORE grossed $2.5M on 128 screens, the 3rd biggest Friday-Sunday opening of all time.
THAILAND opened to $1.9M on 320 screens, capturing 81% of the market. 10th biggest Friday-Sunday opening of all time.
VIETNAM grossed $425K on 41 screens, the 6th biggest Friday-Sunday opening of all time (and the 5th biggest Hollywood film.) It surpassed the lifetime box office total of Spider-Man 3.
In Europe, GERMANY grossed an estimated $4.2M on 755 screens (50% market share), HOLLAND earned $850K on 113 ,AUSTRIA opened to $480K on 85, and SWITZERLAND did $290K on 130.
EMMA Stone has hinted there’s going to be a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man.
The actress has revealed she’ll probably be teaming up with beau Andrew Garfield for a second installment.
“Uh, yeah, we’re going to make another Spiderman…I think, so…” she told HollyScoop before reportedly being whisked away by her publicist.
Stone recently admitted she constantly worries about dying.
“I’m close to my mortality, not in a freaky way but constantly. I feel hyperaware that everything could end. That’s always been in my mind, for whatever reason, since I was very small,” she said.
“I was in therapy for two years as a kid. As someone with anxiety you’re constantly waiting for the next attack.
“I think I tend to worry more when things are good. I know those things will change.
“Honestly, the only thing that gives me any release is knowing what I have the power to say. If I never address anything, how much can anyone ever really know the truth.”