As part of the publicity for The Amazing Spider-Man
– which opens in cinemas on 3 July – the 28-year-old British actor was being interviewed on Radio 5 Lives’ recent edition of Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews
. During the interview, Garfield was asked about his time on Doctor Who
He appeared in the BBC-produced science-fiction series in 2007. His character, Frank, joined David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor and Freema Agyeman’s Martha Jones as a temporary companion for two episodes involving the show’s oldest and most iconic monsters, the Daleks – Daleks in Manhattan
and Evolution of the Daleks
Of his time on the show, Garfield said
, “The history of Doctor Who
and the heritage and legacy of Doctor Who
is huge. It was an honour to be a part of that show, absolutely […] I’m honoured to be a part of that legacy.”
Garfiled also chatted about Matt Smith, who took over from Tennant in 2010. Describing Smith as a friend, Garfield said, “I’m so happy that everyone is now seeing Matt Smith for the incredible actor and Doctor that he is. I am so proud and happy for him. [He] is being put to fantastic use, and giving so many people so much joy.”
Garfield has taken over from Tobey Maguire to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man
. This is the fourth Spider-Man movie to be produced by Columbia Pictures, and is a reboot of the series. The first three films – all starring Maguire – were directed by Sam Raimi.
The Amazing Spider-Man
is directed by Marc Webb. Known predominantly for his prolific output of video and short films, this is Webb’s second feature film; his first being (500) Days of Summer
From Boy A to ... A for Amazing!
Prior to going to Hollywood, Garfield starred in a number of other British TV dramas, including Sugar Rush
(2005) and Red Rising
In 2008, he received a Best Actor BAFTA for his title role in Boy A
(2007). From there, he appeared in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
(2009) and Never Let Me Go
(2010) – in which he starred with Carey Mulligan, herself a former “one-off” Doctor Who
companion: Sally Sparrow in the award-winning story Blink
, by Steven Moffat. Also in 2010, Garfield appeared in The Social Network
, as Eduardo Saverin, one of the four co-founders of the Internet social-networking site Facebook. He is already slated to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2
, which is expected to be released in 2014.
The Daleks will be returning to Doctor Who
for this year's season opener
, Asylum of the Daleks, expected in the UK, US and elsewhere around August/September.
Garfield is currently one of three Brits playing American superheroes – the others being Christian Bale (Batman) and Henry Cavill (Superman).
The Amazing Spider-Man
premiered in Japan on 13 June, and will be released in a number of European and Scandinavian countries this week. The US and UK release date is 3 July, with other countries following throughout that month.