Before Garfield donned the Spidey suit, his break-out role was as Eduardo Saverin in “The Social Network.” Saverin, of course, was involved in the co-founding of that monster we all love, Facebook. But Garfield’s never met the fellow he played so well, but says if he gets to Singapore — where Saverin went when Facebook went public — he’ll have a beer with him.
5. He’s Been on Broadway
Last May, in some of the last months before he became a household name for swinging from a web, Garfield starred in a revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman on Broadway alongside Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. The play won the Tony Award for the best revival, and Hoffman and Garfield packed theaters in their roles.
6. He’s a New Yorker Now
Garfield says his friends are all back in London, but he lives in the Big Apple now, following his stint on Broadway and his top-grossing films, “The Social Network” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” And he says he loves his new hometown.
7. He’s Still Dating Emma Stone
Lucky bastard. They starred together in the first Spider-Man reboot, and haven’t been apart much since. She hasn’t signed back on yet, but it’s hard to imagine that she won’t — those two are awfully close for her to back out. Plus, being lovebirds aside — it’s a huge, huge franchise and she’d be a fool to pass it up.
8. He Was Into Gymnastics Until a Fat Kid Sat on Him
The actor says he thought about being an athlete, but remembers a “horribly traumatic experience where this fat guy sat on my back while I was doing the splits.” His mother eventually came to his rescue, and he says he still stuck with gymnastics, but the incident still stuck with him (probably like the fat guy’s ass.)
But the gymnastic experience probably prepared him to play Spider-Man, and he told Interview magazine:
“The first time I ever did a back-flip was one of the greatest moments. It was kind of incredible. I felt superhuman for a second. I tried to carry on to achieve that again, but it takes a lot of work to feel superhuman.”
9. He Has Loved Spider-Man Since He Was a Kid
Garfield has watched all of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films and he thinks he is taking on something “greater than me.” He also wants to be sure that Peter Parker and Spider-Man are “treated with the reverence that I have for them.” At 28, Garfield was still a teenager when the first film came out.
10. He’s Good Friends With Other Hot-Shot Actors
Garfield counts Social Network co-star, Jesse Eisenberg, who played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and everybody’s favorite vampire, Robert Pattinson, as two of his close friends.