Denis Leary is raving over Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of Peter Parker and Spider-Man in the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
“I loved Andrew. I really loved him,” Denis, who plays Gwen Stacy’s (Emma Stone) dad, Capt. George Stacy, in the July 3, 2012-due film, said of working with the actor, after the “Rescue Me” portion of the Television Critics Association Summer Session in Beverly Hills. “I think he’s great. He’s terrific in the role. He was trained as a gymnast when he was growing up in England, which came in handy. Most of the stunts in the movie are done live in front of the cameras.
“He’s really just a terrific actor,” Denis continued, in response to a question from Access Hollywood. “I loved working with him. I thought he was great.”
The New York-bred star said he was also very impressed with his movie daughter Emma.
“Same thing with Emma. I thought she was just — they’re both, they’re actually more mature than I am, and so that says a lot, but they’re very incredibly talented and really [expletive] professional,” Denis said. “I mean, she’s 22 years old. I don’t want to tell you what I was doing at 22 years old. I was very impressed by her.”
Emma recently revealed to Vanity Fair in the magazine’s recent cover story on the actress that she loves coming up with baked creations and Denis said he was treated to a few of her sweets while filming “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
“She actually did a couple of times,” Denis marveled, recalling Emma’s baked goods. “I didn’t even think of that, but she did… I don’t remember [what she brought us on set], but that was good.”
When asked by a reporter if he was coming back for the just announced “The Amazing Spider-Man” sequel, Denis seemed to confirm that he will.
“They officially announced it yesterday,” the actor said, referring to Sony’s confirmation on Friday that “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will hit theaters on May 2, 2014.
During the panel to promote the last season of “Rescue Me,” Denis admitted he has actually been mistaken multiple times for the Tobey Maguire franchise star Willem Dafoe – including in airports. But he noted after the panel that his wife and a comedic friend’s interest in the Stan Lee comic helped encourage him to take the George Stacy role in the reboot.
“I’m more of a Batman guy, not the 60’s [version], like the really dark Batman. My wife was a Spider-Man nut, which is why I went to [see] the Tobey Maguire ones,” he recounted. “But the thing I liked — I have a good friend, [‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’s’] Jeff Garlin, who is a Spider-Man freak. He was the first guy that said to me, ‘First time I met you, I thought you were George Stacy.’ This was like 30 years ago. I go, ‘What?’ He had an old comic book frame that he had saved… and I was like, ‘You’re sick,’ and he’s like , ‘No, I’m a Spider-Man freak.’ So people take it very [seriously],”
Denis was clear to distinguish “The Amazing Spider-Man” from the Tobey-fronted series.
“The tone is very different,” he added.