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Garfield: I always wanted to be Spider-Man

The actor says he has wanted to be Spider-Man since he was three-years-old.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2:Rise of Electro. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Andrew Garfield, who plays Peter Parker in _The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro _says acting in the film is living out the oldest dream he has ever had as he has wanted to be Spider-Man since he was three-years-old.

_The Social Network _actor says Spider-Man teaches a very valuable lesson that you can be a hero and not be perfect.

"This pressure that young people have to be perfect in school, be perfect in relationships, be perfect in friendships is false and you're able to make all the same mistakes that you are making while also having heroism inside you as well. I think that's an incredible lesson Spiderman can give."

Garfield's real-life girlfriend Emma Stone, reprises her character of the web-slinging superhero's love interest Gwen Stacy.

Stone says audiences won't be disappointed by the new film.

"The first movie was laying the groundwork for this new version of Spider-Man and I think in this movie you're able to really dive into the story in a pretty meaningful way- there is so much comedy, action, tragedy and romance- and it really covers the full spectrum."

Stone declined to be drawn on her personal life but said working with Garfield has been an amazing experience.

"Telling Gwen and Peter's story to the best of our ability has always been a huge goal of ours because they have such a beautiful, tragic, important love story in comic book history."

Meanwhile, the film's director Marc Webb, says Stone and Garfield have some of the most amazing chemistry seen on screen in a very long time.

He says he hopes the film is viewed as the best Spider-Man movie ever made.

"It's tricky because you want to maintain the heart as well as that fun irreverent kid at the centre of the Spider-Man universe, Peter Parker. We had a really good time making the film."

Webb says the movie dabbles in the surreal.

"It's a spectacle it's like you're walking into a dream world. It's not necessarily realistic its always dabbling in the surreal and I wanted to embrace that. I wanted to find something that felt heart-stopping and magnificent and mystical."

The film releases in South African cinemas today.

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