Friday, June 8, 2012

Exclusive: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ runs from the law in a first-look clip

By Matt McDaniel | Movie Talk – Wed, Jun 6, 2012 1:10 PM EDT
Spider-Man is back in the swing of things.
In this first exclusive clip from July's "The Amazing Spider-Man," Peter Parker (played by Andrew Garfield) is on the run from the NYPD. It's just his luck that the man leading the charge, Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary), happens to be the father of his girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone).
"The Amazing Spider-Man" takes Peter Parker back to his high school days, and in the clip we see that he still has a thing to learn about being a wallcrawler. He starts off on foot, scrambling across the tops of cars and up the side of a semi truck. When he does try swinging from his webs, he smacks right into a city bus. But once he starts swinging along under a bridge, he really picks up steam and easily eludes the cops.
One way this new "Spider-Man" is aiming to distinguish itself from the previous films is with less reliance on computer graphics for a more realistic look. This meant actually swinging people through the air, including the star. Andrew Garfield told me in a recent interview that he worked with three stunt doubles on the film. Garfield said, "We all worked together, and we all feel we have equal ownership share over the physicality and stunt aspect of this character."
To insure the most realistic stunts with the highest level of safety, the film called upon the legendary Armstrong family. Vic Armstrong, the film's second unit director, was a stunt double for Roger Moore as James Bond, Christopher Reeve as Superman, and Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Vic's brother Andy is the stunt coordinator for "The Amazing Spider-Man," and he told that eight Armstrongs worked on the film in total.
Garfield said that even when he was dangling from just a wire many stories above the ground, "I never felt that scared, actually. I felt so safe because of [Vic Armstrong's] team." He said, "I felt very taken care of, and also challenged in the same breath... it was really an exhilarating yet safe place."

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