Director Marc Webb, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal, and Actor Andrew Garfield arrive at the premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'The Amazing Spider-Man' at the Regency Village Theatre on June 28, 2012 in Westwood, California. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images.
By Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY
When: Thursday night
Where: Regency Village Theatre, Westwood
Guest list: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, C. Thomas Howell, Chris Zylka, Embeth Davidtz, Michael Barra, Max Charles, Kari Coleman, Stan Lee, director Marc Webb and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. Also spotted: American Idol's Phillip Phillips and Colton Dixon, Carmen Electra, Andrew Goudelock, Modern Family's Nolan Gould
Reboot details: Director Marc Webb explained what separates Garfield's The Amazing Spider-Man (out July 3) from Tobey Maguire's previous incarnations of the famous comic book figure. Garfield's Spider-Man carries a "distrust of authority, mixed with moments of perfectly timed comedy," said Webb. "That's something that we hadn't seen before. It's something that Andrew played beautifully." Plus, "the version of Peter Parker that I was after emerges from a very specific moment in (Spider-Man's) life...when he was left behind by his parents," said Webb. "That to me is a more definitive moment than even the spider bite because anybody that that happens to, they're going to be distrustful of authority and they're going to keep the world at a distance. That chip on his shoulder, that's something that I really recognized and wanted to embrace from the comics."
Around the world in 80 outfits: Though rumored couple Stone and Garfield walked the carpet separately on Thursday night, Stone was very forthcoming when asked how she felt about her co-star's red carpet prep time in relation to hers. "It's not fair, but life's not fair," grinned the new Gwen Stacy, dressed in a white Chanel dress with purple embroidery and spike-toed Louboutins. Stone's been pulling her sartorial weight on red carpets around the world, and humbly thanked her stylist on Thursday night. "Petra Flannery is my stylist and she's incredible. She kind of made a whole story (with clothes). It's been really fun." Her favorite red carpet looks? "I liked London and Paris," she told reporters. "Elie Saab and Gucci."
Weaving his web: Garfield was in good spirits on the red carpet, laughing and joking with press. How did he learn to web-sling like a pro? "Four months before we started shooting I worked with Andy Armstrong who's a father figure and one of my favorite human beings alive, and he integrated me into his stunt team," Garfield told reporters. "I did trampoline, I did gymnastics, parkour, wire-work, fight coordination and all that kind of stuff. It was just the best."
That Spidey suit: Garfield didn't hold back his thoughts on his costume. When exactly did our new Spidey start to feel comfortable in his latex red suit? "Never!" Garfield said. "It's a weird thing. And not only because of the physical uncomfortability, but also because of the responsibility that you feel when you wear it. It's just too much to bear."
The new bad guy: Ifans dished on The Lizard, his reptilian bad guy, who descends into New York's sewers to plot a massive takeover. "I play a scientist whose field is expertise in cross-species genetics, particularly reptile-to-human," said Ifans. "Reptiles being the species that can regrow their limbs. Dr. Connors, the guy I play, has one arm, and he has a vested interest in growing that arm back, consequently helping millions of amputees all over the world - so he's initially a good guy. And then," Ifans shrugged with a grin, "he has a bad day at the office."
Sally Field effect: Field, who plays Aunt May, had no problem pinpointing her favorite element of the film. "Andrew," said Fields, who next stars in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. "He's a spectacular talent." Field said she was into comic books as a child, but not Spider-Man. "I read comic books but they were Little Lulu. And I don't think there's a big following for Little Lulu," she laughed.
Director's cut: We asked Webb which outtake he wished had made it in the movie. "There's a lot of stuff of Andrew wise-cracking during the car thief scene," he told reporters. "There were a lot of things where it got a little crazy. I liked those moments but ...the movie would have been a little bit too much for PG-13, I guess." Which, of course, makes it a perfect addition to the DVD extras.