On how familiar he was beforehand with the Spider-Man comics:
"To be honest with you, I hadn't any clue about Spider-Man."
"I was on a plane one time, a couple of years ago, and the guy next to me was watching the film [Spider-Man 2] and I was just looking at it, without the earphones thinking, 'I don't have a clue.'
"I'd never read the comic books. But I adore Tobey Maguire and he was up against this guy who had these chains coming out of his back [Dr Octopus].
"I didn't know who Uncle Ben was, though Cliff Robertson played the part. I knew that."
And his thoughts on Andrew Garfield:
"He's quite the marvel, a very fine actor. He's a lovely guy, very disciplined, very focused.
"He called me up and said, 'This is Andrew Garfield' and I said, 'Who?' and he said, 'Uh, we're in the movie together...' and I said, 'Yeah, what part do you play?' and he said, 'Uh, I play your nephew!' I liked him instantly.
"We had a wonderful lunch and laughed and joked and he said, "Just feel free to bring whatever you like" and I said, "absolutely." The guy who's directing takes a beating because his last name is Webb! But he's lovely."
And lastly, they asked him how Garfield was managing with the physical aspect of filming and what he's like on screen:
"He's very athletic, he's in great shape. He plays basketball and he works out every day. He's fit. Very wiry, thin, tall, very physically focused.
"He works in a very organic way - he loves accidents, when something happens in a scene that causes him to do something else. I went through a couple of very emotional scenes and he was right there, focused.
And he was the same off camera. He didn't slack off. No, sir! He was equally emotional off camera. Very impressive. He's going to be a huge star."
The full interview with Martin Sheen is available in this months issue of TotalFilm which will be out March 17th.
~ Gobbie, Out! ~