Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rest In Peace Cliff Robertson; Spider-Man 'Uncle Ben' Actor Passes Away

In 2002, Spider-Man revitalized the comic book movie into the standing in pop culture it is today. One of the best aspects of this film was the brief but brilliant performance by Academy Award winner Cliff Robertson. By saying the famous phrase, "With great power comes great responsibility," Robertson won over a whole new generation of fans as Peter Parker's wise uncle, Ben Parker. He reprised this role in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 (his final film appearance).

Robertson had other claims from Oscar-winning performance in Charly as the title character, a mentally-handicapped man who, with brain-boosting medication, was able to overcome his problems with tragic results. He was also in PT 109 as John F. Kennedy (hand-picked by the man himself and was highly praised in the role). On the small screen, Robertson made a guest appearance on "The Twilight Zone" in an episode where he played a ventriloquist with a dummy that is more than meets the eye. He also was a guest-villain on "Batman" as the criminal cowboy Shame (parody of Shane) and fought against the Dynamic Duo.

Details on Mr. Robertson's death will be posted as soon as possible.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Andrew Garfield "Studied Spiders" For His Role in The Amazing Spider-Man!

Thanks to Geoff Boucher of Hero Complex, we have a revealing interview with Andrew Garfield, where he talks more about his "spidery" influences in his portrayal of the iconic Marvel character and how this eventually altered his sure to be unique take on Peter Parker. Be sure to click on the link below to head on over to the site to read the interview in full, where you'll also find out more about his thoughts on working with actress Emma Stone.

On What He Felt He Had To Avoid While Preparing For The Role:
There’s so much to do with it, I didn’t really think about avoiding anything. I just didn’t come at it that way. I wanted him to have fun. I wanted it to feel like Peter Parker could have some fun and wasn’t just trying to save the world. He could have fun even after the responsibility has been thrust upon him and he has to save the city. I really wanted to do something physical that was genuine and authentic and inspired by the different artists over the years. His physicality is something which I’ve been obsessed by and I’ve loved.

On How Actual Spiders Ended Up Influencing And Effecting His Performance:
What would having spider DNA constituting a percentage of your blood — what would that do? So I studied spiders, I studied their movements and how they operate in the world and I tried to incorporate as much of that as I could. He’s a boy/spider in terms of how he moves, and not just in the suit. It also shapes the way he interacts with people. A spider is so sensitive; their skin is sensitive to everything. That’s the thing with the spider sense and the way he takes in everything. Imagine all of your skin was as sensitive as a spider, the slightest gust of wind would feel like a tornado going by. You’d always be rushing, that rush. What does that do to you? The idea of how he adjusts to that. And I looked at the idea of having more legs, more arms, and the spacial awareness. A spider moves up, down, side-to-side, all around. He’s not linear and with the knowledge of that spatial awareness and the fact that he can be here and then over there incredibly fast. The stillness of a spider and the lightness I found all of that very interesting to explore as well.

On How He Feels About The Extra Recognition Which Will Come From This Role:
I don’t like to think about it. It terrifies me. I don’t want that, actually. I just saw that I was given an opportunity to play a part that I’ve been wanting to play since I was a 2-year-old. I don’t see it any other way. I don’t want the rest of it. The visibility thing — the being a more visible actor or just a more visible person in the world — was the one thing that deterred me. That was absolutely the one thing I questioned. Do I want to do this? I thought about it for a month, constantly. I knew there would be a change in my life to an extent. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I stay part of the world. I want to be able to walk around in this world. I love being alive and I love being a person and I love being able to meet people, meet strangers without them having any preconceived notion of who I am. I love meeting people. I love being me. I don’t want to be anyone else. Of course this comes with a certain life change but I’m going to do everything in my power to hold on to what’s important, which is I am a guy who does a job for a living that comes with some periphery stuff that I’m not interested in. I did take the role, I took it on, and i don’t regret it. It’s meant something to me for all of my life. But I’m going to do my best to remain me.

~ Gobbie, Out! ~

Christopher Daniel Barnes & Josh Keaton Talk About "Spider-Man Edge Of Time"

Christopher Daniel Barnes, who voices Spider-Man 2099, is featured in the latest behind the scenes video for the upcoming video game Spider-Man Edge Of Time where he talks about working with the other Spider-Man voice actor Josh Keaton. The other video features Josh Keaton, who voices The Amazing Spider-Man, talks about what the game is about, and what to expect. Check 'em out below!

Christopher Daniel Barnes

Josh Keaton

~ Gobbie, Out! ~