Following the release of Andrew Garfield’s second performance of Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man in Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014 which ultimately resulted in the decision of rebooting the franchise for the third time, rumors surfaced of one of the reasons Sony decided to cancel their franchise and partner with Marvel. This rumor stated that following The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s abysmal reaction from both the fans and the box office, Kaz Hirai, the head of Sony, wanted Garfield gone. Hirai’s reported want for Garfield gone is said to have been a result of Garfield’s absence from an event Hirai was holding in Brazil, one in which The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was supposed to be announced.
While several years have past since this occurrence, there has yet to be any confirmation from Kaz Hirai concerning the legitimacy of this rumor. However, during a recent interview with the Guardian, was asked about the possibility that he was actually fired from the franchise or the possibility that he missed the event in Brazil on purpose so he would be let go. This this, Garfield explained:
“No I don’t think so. What I’ll proudly say is that I didn’t compromise who I was, I was only ever myself. And that might have been difficult for some people.”
While it is now confirmed that Andrew Garfield did not self-sabotage himself to be let go from the franchise by missing the event in Brazil on purpose, confirmation from any executive at Sony, including Kaz Hirai, has yet to be made known to the public. Garfield continued on the subject of Spider-Man in the same interview, explaining why he originally chose to don the famous blue and red suit back in 2012 for the first Amazing Spider-Man film, saying:
“I’d been reading the mythologists Joseph Campbell and James Hillman. And when I took on Spider-Man, I thought, ‘Holy shit! This is exquisite and terrifying and incredible. I have been given the responsibility of reaching my hand out from the big screen and putting it on [young boys’] shoulders. That is a gift for me and a big burden to carry. And I’m so up for it.’ I thought, if I can infuse all this ancient knowledge and wisdom into [Spider-Man], it could be profoundly affecting for young people in the audience. That was always my intention and what I tried to do. I was 25 and I was naive – not because of that, but because I was naive to the whole process of making one of those big-budget films.”
While The Amazing Spider-Man franchise did help put Andrew Garfield’s name on the map, his career after parting with Sony has clearly not been harmed. Most recently, Garfield has starred in two widely successful films for two of the biggest names in Hollywood; Mel Gibson and Martin Scorsese. Garfield starred as Mel Gibson’s main protagonist in Hacksaw Ridge, one which has as much potential as any other film to receive Oscar nominations, as well as Scorsese’s new film Silence, which has yet to arrive in theaters in the U.S but also appears to have the potential to receive Oscar buzz.