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Andrew Garfield Says "Screw The Critics, Screw The Scrutiny" When It Comes To 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
March 27, 2014 3:54 PM
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The eternal question, at least these days, is whether or not critics matter. One only has to look at last week's "Divergent," which opened strong despite a slew of middling reviews, to notice that certain properties are immune to criticism. On the flipside, Paramount is gambling this week with "Noah," being particularly selective about what critics see the movie first, and in some markets, not screening the movie for reviewers at all, perhaps fearing that negative or mixed responses might dampen box office prospects. The critic/studio/filmmaker is one that's always in flux, but Andrew Garfield sees things quite clearly when it comes to his big summer movie.

Chatting with IGN, the actor conceded "The Amazing Spider-Man" had to set the table by telling the origin story again, but from here on out, then it comes to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," he couldn't care less what snooty movie reviewers think. 

"In the first movie we were obligated to retreading the origin story which Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi did so beautifully. But now that that's done, we get to own the character as filmmakers and we get to own it as Peter. There is a life imitating art kind of thing going on, I think. So, I am super excited because ['The Amazing Spider-Man 2'] was more fun to make," he said. "Because of that, I think when I put on that suit I felt freer, I felt like, you know, I can't think of a word to use that is not the F-word, but like screw the critics, screw the scrutiny. And, you know, that is the motto for life as well."

And, Garfield is right to a degree, because no matter how good or bad this sequel is, it's going to make money. Lots of it. And Sony is already planning more sequels and spinoffs as a result. There is a larger debate about the role of critics that this one opens up, but as long as this franchise keeps minting money, the studio and filmmakers won't be too concerned about pleasing anybody but themselves (and the ticket buyers). But do you think critics or even fans could offer constructive criticism to this franchise? Tell us below.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens on May 2nd. Check out Garfield's interview along with a new international TV spot.

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9 Comments

  • Tom | March 27, 2014 6:10 PMReply

    Another misleading, click-baity headline...if you actually watched and listened to what he said in the interview, the context of him saying "screw the critics" was about life in general :/

  • Marty | March 27, 2014 6:17 PM

    Very misleading title. Leaving out a good chunk of what he said afterwards didn't help. All these sites always try to create controversy when there is none

  • droop | March 27, 2014 5:54 PMReply

    Oh so he could care less? Meaning he does care somewhat? Weird, because from what I could tell he definitely couldn't care less. Saying "could care less" is the most definite proof of the speaker being an idiot.

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | March 28, 2014 12:00 AM

    So many people screw up that idiom (and have for a long time and will continue to do so) that the only thing you gain by pointing out that they're screwing it up is making yourself seem like a complete asshole.

  • Jorge | March 27, 2014 5:13 PMReply

    Garfield always gives off douche vibes

  • Yss | March 27, 2014 5:06 PMReply

    When he says screw the critics, he means the people who are/were against the idea of the reboot itself, not the "snooty movie reviewers".

  • BEF | March 27, 2014 5:10 PM

    Yep.

  • Screw the Pedants | March 27, 2014 5:03 PMReply

    The phrase is "couldn't care less". Journalistic standards, come on.

  • django | March 27, 2014 4:15 PMReply

    This is a misleading title!

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