One of the few shining aspects of the mostly flawed Amazing Spider-Man films was Sally Field’s Aunt May. Her scenes with Andrew Garfield in particular, felt like the rare human moments in the films that hadn’t been tampered with by Sony. Plus, putting her and actors like Martin Sheen and Garfield together for scenes brought us some of the most well-acted moments in any of the Spider-Man films, counting Sam Raimi’s.
Looks like not everyone involved was passionate about the films though because while recently appearing on the Howard Stern Show, Sally Field revealed the real reason that she signed on to play Aunt May in the first place:
“It’s not my kind of movie. But my friend Laura Ziskin was the producer, and we knew it would be her last film. She was my first producing partner, and she was a spectacular human. … It was really just for my friend.”
Okay now, that’s fine. Field never seemed like the type for superhero movies anyways. But it’s in her next comment about the films when, for lack of a better phrase, the shit gets real:
“It’s really hard to find a three-dimensional character in it. You work it as much as you can, but you can’t put ten pounds of shit in a five-pound bag.”
After the reveal of Tom Holland’s new Spider-Man in the Captain America: Civil War trailer, these comments just make me feel even more depressed about the promise that The Amazing Spider-Man films had.
I’ve shared my thoughts on the films enough recently so that I won’t go into it too much, and I get that she probably wasn’t happy with the way they turned out anyways, which is fine because not many people really were. But these comments just kinda come across as inconsiderate of not only the work that her fellow actors put into the films, but also the passion that director Marc Webb tried to infuse them with as well (before being screwed over by Sony on multiple occasions). Way to go, Norma Rae.
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