Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man Leif Gantvoort Interview: The Mysterious Character of "Glasses"

With as many clips, trailers, posters, and TV spots that have aired, you’d think by now that we know the untold story of The Amazing Spider-Man. And while it’s true we have a pretty good idea that Peter Parker gets caught up in dealing with The Lizard, falling for Gwen Stacy, and trying to balance out a normal life, this fresh and darker take on the superhero still has a few secret tricks and behind the scenes antics up its web slinging sleeve.

I recently spoke over the phone with Leif Gantvoort about his mysterious character “Glasses,” and while I know that he plays a villainous thug who causes a bit of havoc and is “pretty intricate to the plot,” the actor kept mum about the details.

I’ve got a hunch that Glasses might have a certain interaction with Peter’s Uncle Ben but when pressed, Gantvoort kept solid on neither confirming nor denying my theory.

Leif Gantvoort

Yet the actor was eager to talk about getting the role, working with Marc Webb, and just how “amazing” this new film will be when it finally hits theaters.

“It’s one of those things that early on you have a vague idea of what the scope of it is. There’s this anticipation and excitement that’s built into it, just knowing what it is, even so it doesn’t come close to the actual event,” Gantvoort said about joining the anticipated film.

“Walking on set the first time, being on the set that was that huge, it just blew me away. It was a very humbling experience because I’ve been putting my nose to the grindstone for a long time in this industry for too many years and to finally get an opportunity like this is just unbelievable. And its been an amazing process, every step of it.”

The actor has been in numerous roles and even worked on TV shows like Revenge and Justified, but he admitted that “There’s a different energy to film in the sense that there is a finality to it. There’s a certain amount of time to get the film ready, to get it done, there’s a release date and so there is an end in sight. The energy and everybody is focused towards that goal.

He continued: “With a television show, while each episode has its own particular goal, there’s still things that develop as you work on that show. It’s constantly moving and constantly changing. The energies are just different. I wouldn’t say one’s better than the other.”

As for working with director Marc Webb, he was surprised by his approachability and “the fact that he was as excited and wanted to be a part of [the movie] as much as I did.”

The Amazing Spider-Man Behind The Scenes Photo: Chat

“My first day on set was sort of a costume test and I get in costume and they’re walking me towards one of the sets on Sony, and you walk through the door and there’s this huge massive construction project inside and there’s hundreds of people all over the place and they’re escorting you through these people and then they take me to video village and there’s sitting Marc just relaxed, kicked back, and he goes ‘Hey, man.’ “

Gantvoort laughed, “There was no stress on him. He was in his element. He was ready to go. He was so easy going and so fun to work.”

And despite the fact that three other films about Spider-Man already exists, the star enjoyed “Marc’s goals to give it that human element to make [Peter Parker] a real person in a real world in this real life changing event.”

“I’m a fan of the other three films for the most part but I think one of the things I always appreciate in film is when the director comes in and says ‘what’s the human element here?’  and this film addresses that more.”

He even remarked on Spidey’s sense of humor as a “humanistic response because its a coping mechanism. From the nature of the character, he’s not the most physically imposing superhero there is, so walking into a scenario, people aren’t going to take him seriously, so he uses that to his advantage.”

But it wasn’t just about being a part of the wall crawling superhero movie that was enjoyable for the actor.

“When we were shooting in NY, it was all night shoots and one of my personal favorite moments after the first night of shooting there, I was walking back to my trailer and it was probably four in the morning and I hear a voice behind me and it’s this little girl saying, “Excuse me. Excuse me.” And I turn around and its this little girl with a parent and she’s holding up a piece of paper for me to sign and so that was my first autograph experience on that set and it was just very humbling and very nice and kind of encapsulated the entire project for me. There were people that cared that much that this little girl was up all night watching the shoot and then approached me for an autograph.

He added excitedly, “And then the very next night we were a little more exposed in the streets and we were shooting and there were literally hundreds of people standing around watching. It was amazing.”

Even with all the buzz surrounding this movie, Gantvoort has kept busy by working on a horror film called Last Stop with Brian Austin Green and Mena Suvari, as well as a project he wrote called Surprise Wedding that’s based on his own real life event of giving his wife an actual surprise wedding.

Of course, the humble actor’s enthusiasm for the film comes very much as a Spider-Man fan.

Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man

“It’s odd because the first trailer that came out, I of course clicked on it going “Oh, I hope I’m in the trailer,” knowing that I’m not going to be. My character isn’t one they’re going to use and advertise with and I keep watching thinking “Am I going to pop up? Am I going to pop up” and by the end of trailer, I totally forgot I was in the movie because I was so excited to see the movie on its own merits. That’s what I’m most excited about is just sitting int the theater and getting engrossed in the characters and forgetting that I’m a part of it because I’m a fan of films and that’s why I chose to get into this industry and I just love that experience.

“[This movie] is made for the fans.”

Discover the truth behind Glasses and the untold story of Spider-Man when it opens July 3.

Weekend Movie Preview: June 29, 2012

Ladies, for our latest weekend movie preview, we ask you to start your engines: Channing Tatum and his Magic Mike cohorts are taking it all off. The male stripper film finally arrives in theaters. Joining that Warner Bros. film is the wild comedy Ted from Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane, People Like Us — a heartfelt drama from the people who brought us The Help, and Tyler Perry’s Madea is back in Madea’s Witness Protection.

Magic Mike: Tatum exposes himself on many levels in his latest film and the cast is to die for. Featured as the star’s fellow dancers are Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and Matthew McConaughey. It is a surprisingly fun film for both guys and gals. Director Steven Soderbergh has taken a novelty concept and crafted a cinematic experience that is pure joy. Check out our Magic Mike review for more.

Ted: MacFarlane takes his devilish, culture skewing humor and brings it to the big screen in the tale of a little boy who wishes his teddy bear would come to life. He does, and then Mark Wahlberg’s John has to figure out what to do with his foul-mouthed stuffed animal as he navigates the pratfalls of adulthood. As we state in our Ted review, it is utterly hysterical.

People Like Us: Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks star as siblings who only discover that fact when their father passes away. Pine’s father had an affair and Banks was the product of that. Director Alex Kurtzman had this happen to him in real life and as reported in our People Like Us review, it is one powerful piece of film.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection: Tyler Perry is back in numerous roles, the most notorious is that of Madea. This time out, Madea has to serve as host for a family led by Eugene Levy who is a Bernie Madoff type who has to hide out until Levy’s trial begins. The film did not screen for critics… but Movie Fanatic will have our review later today.

Beasts of the Southern Wild: The Oscar race starts now with this powerful story of a father and daughter living in the “wilds” of southern Louisiana. Check out our Beasts of the Southern Wild review to delve further.

ParaNorman Featurette Shows How the Character was Made

Ever wonder how a stop-motion character is constructed, but not want to sit and watch the hours and hours of work it takes to build one? You’re in luck, old chum! Focus Features has sped it up for you, in this new Paranorman “making of” featurette. Have a look-see:

Paranorman is a new 3D stop-motion animated feature about a young boy named Norman who can speak with the dead. When his town comes under siege from paranormal creatures, Norman may be the only one who can save them.

Kodi Smit-McPhee stars as the voice of Norman, with Tucker Albrizzi and Casey Affleck also on board. Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), John Goodman (Monsters University), Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Elaine Stritch round out the star-studded cast.

Paranorman is directed by Sam Fell and hits theaters August 17. For more, check out the Paranorman trailer.

The Dark Knight Rises 10th TV Spot is all About Selina and Bruce

She totally stole his car! In some situations that might be seen less as flirty and more as grand theft auto-y.

The new The Dark Knight Rises tv spot highlights the interesting relationship between Batman and Catwoman. Take a look:

Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway portray the two superheros, with Tom Hardy as Bane, the virtually unstoppable supervillain. Michael Cane, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (whose new Looper trailer just debuted last night) also star.

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20, marking the third and final Batman film from director Christopher Nolan. Do you think this one will be the best yet?

Paperman Stills Offer a First Look at the Groundbreaking Animation

“Final Line Advection.” No, it’s not a type of new oven. It’s the breakthrough animation technique Disney used to create Paperman.

The new technology combines computer graphics with 2D animation to create a unique style–half callback to hand-drawn cartoons, half modern spectacle.

The black-and-white animated short will play ahead of Wreck-It Ralph in theaters (check out the Wreck-It Ralph trailer). It features a man who pines after a woman he had a chance encounter with during his morning commute. After seeing her again in the skyscraper across from his office, he uses a stack of paper to get her attention.

Check out three new stills from Paperman, courtesy of EW (click the thumbnails to enlarge):

Paperman Still Man and Woman

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Paperman will hit theaters with Wreck-It Ralph November 2. In the meantime, Disney’s newest 3D animated film from Pixar, Brave, is in theaters now.