The Amazing Spider-Man 2(2014)
- RatedPG13 /GenreAction, Adventure, Fantasy
Actor Andrew Garfield told a packed hall at the Marina Bay Sands’ MasterCard Theatres that his mother handmade his first Spider-Man costume when he was just three.
“She’s an amazing craftsperson,” he recalled during the press conference on Thursday 2 March evening.
“I am still that three-year old boy, just slightly bigger,” he quipped.
The UK-born actor was in town to promote his upcoming movie, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, and for Earth Hour happening Saturday 29 March.
Co-stars Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx as well as director Marc Webb and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are in Singapore as well.
Earlier in the evening, the cast and crew thrilled hundreds of fans as they walked the red carpet at the Marina Bay Sands Skating Rink.
Andrew Garfield posing for pictures with fans
Foxx, Stone and Garfield delighted the crowd as they obligingly posed for “selfies” and signed autographs with fans.
“I cannot believe I’m seeing them in the flesh!” exclaimed an excited Noor Jahan. The secondary school student and Spider-Man fan arrived at 2pm to get in the queue and he was rewarded with a “selfie” with Garfield.
SPIDER-MAN, A PACIFIST
The story for the superhero sequel, which opens in cinemas 2 May, happens one year after the events of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, with Peter Parker (Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Stone) moving on to a new chapter in their lives.
There is also the mysterious Oscorp Industries pumping out genetically engineered super-villains to destroy New York City's friendly neighbourhood webslinger. There is not one but four villains, namely Electro (Foxx), Rhino (Paul Giamatti), and Goblins-to-be Norman and Harry Osborn (played by Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan respectively).
Emma Stone talking to the media
Garfield insists that all the action fight scenes with the four villains do not mean that the webslinger condones violence.
He would like to think that Spider-Man is a “pacifist”, who is like one of his personal heroes, Mahatma Gandhi.
“I like the idea of him never throwing a punch or kick. He uses his enemies’ weaknesses against themselves like how Charlie Chaplin or Bug Bunny might,” Garfield said. “I like the idea of a skinny kid dodging, weaving and diving; letting all these big bad guys beat the crap out of themselves. That’s a very powerful message and motif.”
Director Marc Webb said: “What makes Spider-Man different from other superheroes out there is that he is a rescuer – he saves people and that’s what the webs are for. (He creates) nets so that people can be saved."
“One of the other things that make Spider-Man special is that he empathises with his enemies because he tries to appeal to the better part of their nature. It is those qualities that we try to foster in the movies.”
SAVING THE PLANET
The movie’s cast and crew are also in Singapore for the environmental grassroots movement Earth Hour, which takes place Saturday.
They will be at The Float@Marina Bay for the Official Lights Off Ceremony, putting Singapore at the heart of Earth Hour celebrations around the world.
Spider-Man was named Earth Hour’s “first superhero ambassador” as part of a campaign.
Recently, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) announced that Singapore has broken its Earth Hour 2013 record of 183 organisations taking part, ahead of this year’s event. More than 350 organisations are planning to switch off lights to mark their commitment to save resources.
Earth Hour takes place around the world at 8.30pm for an hour on Saturday, 29 March.
It is free entry to the public for the Singapore event, with celebrations kicking off from 5pm.
Date Mar 29, 2014
VenueMarina Bay Sands