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Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield

OK, we could see rebooting the Superman and Batman stories from the beginning, since the first movies about those heroes came out decades ago and now Hollywood has new styles and special effects. And we can see redoing The Hulk so soon after the first movie because the first one was not a smash, and if there is anything the Hulk is good at, it's smashing! But why are they restarting the Spider-Man story? They just did that in 2002! Part 3 was just in 2007! And those movies were really good and did well. Plus, there are tons of superheroes that don't even have one movie yet. Even in just the Marvel universe, there are Doctor Strange, Vision, and Spider-Woman, for instance.

Why are we yelling about this? Because Andrew-- and we think this is good for him, at least-- is going to be the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man. And the story going to start from the beginning again! We just gotta ask...why?

Anyway, back to Andrew. He's in The Social Network, with Jesse Eisenberg, about the creation of Facebook! Yet another huge-hit movie. Hey... is Spider-Man on Facebook? He should be... he was the first one with world-wide webs!

The Other Boleyn Girl is a historical romance starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman. But the “other Jewish actor” in it is the rising star Andrew Garfield. He's also in the British film Never Let Me Go, He’s also been in some episodes of the classic British sci-fi show Dr. Who.

Andrew is in a movie by Monty Python veteran Terry Gilliam, called The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. No, it is not a sequel to Mr. Margorium’s Wonder Emporium, but its visuals are even more amazing. It's about a mystical (dimension-)travelling theater troupe, and we think you’ve heard about it, because Johnny Depp is in it! So are Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, the gravel-voiced singer Tom Waits, and even Verne “Mini-Me” Troyer! (None of these other guys are Jewish, as it happens.)

Young as he is (Andrewwas born in 1983), these two are not his most impressive co-stars! Andrew was just in the anti-war movie Lions for Lambs with Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, and Tom Cruise! Andrew was born in California, where his dad is from, but soon moved to England, where his mom is from. He grew up and went to school there. Like most British actors, he initially trained for the stage. By 2007, he was named one of the “Ten Actors to Watch” by Variety, the most important Hollywood newspaper. We’re watching him, that’s for sure!

Andrew told IndieLondon, an entertainment webzine, that he had a hard time playing his apathetic Lions for Lambs charatcer. “This kid’s got all the gifts but no real drive to use them. I hope that I can still change people and that movies can still inspire people – I know they can because they inspire me all the time, like theatre. I need to feel like I’m doing some kind of good. It sounds cheesy, I know, but I feel like if I’m not doing any kind of good then there’s no real reason for being. I believe that doing movies like this is positive because they can inspire and be entertaining.”

Asked where that drive comes from, Andrew replied, simply, “Being Jewish! I got a very good lot in life – I have two very loving parents, and I have a loving older brother. I’ve had a lot of love, care and guidance in my life… even though I’ve been given all this kind of privilege I didn’t appreciate it as much as I probably should have. But I want to start doing that now and be as good as I possibly can be.”

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