Movie fans in Japan often complain that films open here too long after their release in the United States. Not so with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” – which opens Friday in Japan, one week ahead of its U.S. release. Sony Pictures, which is distributing the film, spared no expense, bringing stars Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, along with director Marc Webb and producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad to Japan to get the ball rolling.
Webb, who directed the first film in the retake on the famous comic book character in 2012, promised audiences “the biggest spectacle to date but with a romance at its heart.” Garfield, 30, reprises his role as Peter Parker who loves being Spider-Man, swinging around between the skyscrapers of New York, and romancing Gwen (Garfield’s real-life girlfriend Stone). But he is torn by conflict, knowing that web-slinging activities can put the people he loves in danger. The villains this time are Electro (Fox) and Parker’s boyhood friend Harry Osborn who is heir to the mysterious and all-powerful Oscorp.
For the first time, most of “Spider-Man” was actually filmed in New York. “It shows the quintessential New York,” Stone, 25, said. “It was great the way the crowds turned out to watch the filming. It was really energizing.” Garfield said he amused two young children who were playing basketball when he dropped by – in Spider-Man costume – to join them for a few hoops.
Fox, 46, said he was so excited to be part of the Marvel universe. His character starts off as Max, a nobody electrical engineer who works at Oscorp. After falling into a tank of electric eels, he gains the ability to control electricity, including being able to black out the city. “I tried to be the best villain I could, a real adversary to Spider-Man,” he said. “Being a villain gives an actor a chance to flex his acting muscles.”
Garfield said Spider-Man, who was created by Stan Lee and debuted in comics in 1962, continues to be popular because he is a character that struggles with the imperfections that all people to do, and yet he has to make sacrifices to serve a higher calling.
At the Roppongi Hills event to promote the film, Garfield was asked questions by two pint-sized Japanese boys in Spider-Man costumes. One asked him if Spider-man was strong, while the other asked “How can I become Spider-Man?” Garfield’s advice: “Your personal power can be many different things. Try to be the best person you can be as you grow up.”© Japan Today