Andrew Garfield: Fame could have ruined me

Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield might have ended up in jail if he’d found fame as a teen.

The British star started out in TV before becoming one of the hottest names in the movie world thanks to roles in The Other Boleyn Girl and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

At the age of 30 he is now a household name, but Andrew is unsure that he would have been able to handle the attention if he’d hit the big time earlier.

“If I had had these opportunities when I was younger, I would have been Justin Bieber. If you are a 16-year-old kid and you can do whatever the f**k you want, you’re making trillions of dollars and you have a leopard-print Ferrari, it’s not healthy. If I was going through what I’m going through now when I was 16, I might have ended up in jail,” he revealed to British magazine Time Out London.

Andrew is currently starring in his second outing as Spider-Man/ Peter Parker. The webbed wonder is once again saving the day, this time against nemesis Electro played by Jamie Foxx.

But Andrew thinks Peter has it hard, and being the hero isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. “Being Spider-Man is a hassle. It looks cool, but actually having to save New York City is knackering. And you can’t save everyone. People die. That’s a lot to deal with. Peter feels responsible for people dying and getting hurt. It’s really crazy responsibility. It’s a tough calling,” he mused.

But Andrew is enjoying the new found attention “nerds” are getting thanks to a string of big budget superhero movies that have been released over the last few years.

“Peter is a nerd. Back in the day, being a nerd meant you were an outcast. You weren’t going to get the girl. You got a wedgie or called names. Now the nerd is a billionaire who can have sex with anyone he wants,” he laughed. “Nerds are running the world. They won. It’s a cool thing. But what I think makes Spider-Man a better superhero is his sensitivity. He’s not shallow guy.”

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