He’s The Amazing Spider-Man, and he’s very much Jewish – this according to the man that plays the superhero in the latest franchise, Andrew Garfield. The British-American actor, who was brought up Jewish, suggests that Spidey’s neuroses are a sure-fire sign that the character is culturally Jewish.
“Spider-man is neurotic. Peter Parker is not a simple dude. He can’t just switch off,” Garfield told Time Out. “He never feels like he’s doing enough. And Peter suffers from self-doubt. He ums and ahs about his future because he’s neurotic. He’s Jewish. It’s a defining feature.” Whether or not Spider-Man is of Jewish religion has been the subject of feverish internet speculation for years, but it seems Garfield, 30,has already made up his mind.
“I hope Jewish people won’t mind the cliché, because my father’s Jewish. I have that in me for sure.” The actor says of Spidey: “He’s an over-thinker. It would be much easier if he was a life-saving robot.”
“He is misunderstood , like Jesus,” Garfield claims. “I don’t mind the Jesus parallel for Spider-man. Jesus is an awesome guy. When Pontius Pilate said: ‘They say you’re the son of God. If you’re the son of God tell me.’ Jesus was like: ‘I know who I am, bitch.’
Spider-Man creator Stan Lee is Jewish-American and once compared his most famous character to another biblical figure, David.
Lee wrote: “To me you can wrap all of Judaism up in one sentence, and that is ‘Do not do unto others.’ All I tried to do in my stories was show that there’s some innate goodness in the human condition. And there’s always going to be evil; we should always be fighting evil.”
According to the Independent, some Spider-Man scholars believe Peter Parker’s story is an allegory for post-War Judaism in America. Many Jewish children were orphaned as a result of Nazi atrocities (Parker is an orphan) and the Parker is often described as a “good, smart boy” who lives in Forest Hills, Queens – home to one of New York’s largest Jewish communities.
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Andrew Garfield may play a Lycra-clad superhero in the Amazing Spider-Man movies but he reveals he would much prefer to swing around in the nude.
The 30-year-old British-American actor told Guilty Pleasures about his penchant for going au naturel, tastefully dressed in a McQueen suit on the red carpet of last night’s world premiere of his second turn as the web slinger.
‘I love being naked. It’s important to be naked and be in touch with our bodies and not have shame about what we’re made of.
‘I love being in touch with nature and my own nature,’ the actor said outside London’s Odeon Leicester Square.
With his character Peter Parker experiencing heartache in the superhero sequel as he endures an on-off relationship Gwen Stacy, played by real-life love Emma Stone, Garfield offered his advice on how to deal with a break-up.
‘Sometimes your heart gets broken and the best thing that you can do is feel it all,’ he said.
‘Let yourself feel it all because out of that darkness can only come light. You hit the deepest part and then that’s when you will swim back up.’
Meanwhile, Stone, 25, believes her character is in tune with Peter’s double life but admitted she wouldn’t like her men to have skeletons in their closet.
‘That double life is a different situation and is very specific,’ the red-haired beauty laughed.
‘I think Gwen understands that Peter is heroic and her father [a policeman] was a hero. It’s complicated but she understands the double life.’
Dane DeHaan, who plays villain Harry Osborn, says he owes his acting career to his on-screen alter ego.
‘I grew up with my Spider-Man pyjamas playing Spider-Man and that kind of thing. That’s how I started acting… pretending to play superheroes,’ the 28 year old said.
However, despite playing psychos in both Spider-Man and Chronicle, DeHaan denied his life imitates his art. ‘Don’t worry, I’m not like them at all,’ he laughed. ‘I play complicated people because that’s what’s interesting to me.
I have always loved acting and I’ve been given so many great opportunities to grow as an actor. And the harder those opportunities are, the more I’m going to grow so I look for the hardest ones.’
Andrew Garfield will be swinging onto Saturday Night Live May 3.
The British actor makes his SNL hosting debut the same weekend his The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters.
SNL is making it a British night, with Coldplay joining Garfield for its fifth appearance as musical guest. The band last appeared in a 2011 episode hosted by Garfield’s girlfriend and Spider-Man costar Emma Stone.
It took us a while to take Andy seriously (maybe because his name reminds us of a mischievous cat) but he reeled us into his web when he donned that sexy Spider-Man suit in 2012 and we’ve never looked back.
The 30-year-old actor and what we like to call ‘naughty nerd’ knows how to work his gravity-defying hair, gangly frame and nervous grin to perfection.
Superstar + superhero + super-talent = super-swoon.
Body: He’s Spider-Man!
Attainability: Emma Stone is one lucky lady
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out in cinema’s on 18th April
Thanks to Claudia, I have added more Paris premiere images to the gallery.
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