Even while covering one of the hottest movies of the summer, The Amazing Spider-Man, I’ve got The Hunger Games on the brain. Just before wrapping up a chat with the film’s Gwen Stacy, Emma Stone, I mentioned that she’s popped up on quite a few fan Catching Fire dream cast lists for the role of Johanna Mason and while she didn’t hint at whether or not that might be of interest to her, as a big fan of the books, she was extremely flattered. Take a look at her reaction below.
But still, that begs the question: is Emma Stone even right for the role? Hailing from District 7, Johanna is known for the strategy she used in her Hunger Games that helped her become Victor–she pretended to be a weakling until the time came for her to unleash her “wicked ability to murder.” While that description doesn’t exactly scream Emma Stone, Johanna does exhibit a playful sass that could benefit from Stone’s comedic abilities. As for physical likenesses, the only real details we get are that Johanna has wide-set brown eyes and spiky hair. Colored contacts and the hair and makeup department can take care of that.
But what’s most important here is Stone’s ability as an actress. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Stone is obviously a comedy actress. But, of course, she did just get her drama on in The Help too. On the action front, The Amazing Spider-Man certainly suggests she might have the ability to get in the arena, as does Zombieland. But more important than merely connecting dots is isolating her ability. While the large majority of her resume fits into a specific type of material, Stone is incredibly successful when it comes to making believable, charming and memorable characters across the board. Johanna would certainly force Stone to abandon the majority of the contents in her wheelhouse, but I’d like to bet she could pull it off.
But of course, Stone won’t be the only person under the microscope should she get swept up in the casting rumor mill. Even while Finnick Odair has the casting spotlight, there are still rumblings about who should play Johanna. Names swirling around include Kristen Bell, Lyndsy Fonseca, Naya Rivera, Mila Kunis and more.
The trademark of this girl is her deep sultry voice. Known as red-head in the film fraternity, she started her career with film Superbad. Andrew Garfield’s real life heart stopper Emma Stone will be starring opposite him in the Sony Picture’s film “THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN”!
Stone was initially dubious about accepting the role of Gwen. She agrees she has read the Marvel comics series of the spider-man and finds it an amazing read yet it seemed to be a challenge initially considering the massive success of the previous films. However, the doubts receded as soon as she gave her auditions. And with the doubts, receded her fears and pressures of working in the film. She says, “I know that the audience might not be satisfied but if I was the choice of the director then he must have put in some thought before he chose me to play the character of Gwen!”
The sparks of the real life love will sure be visible onscreen as well. Talking about the emotional synchronization with the character of Peter Parker, Emma says, “Some things are supposed to be felt, I cannot spell how the emotional harmony is between Gwen and Peter! Gwen loves Peter Parker not because he is ‘The Spider-man’. Gwen comes from a family background where she fears that her father might die any minute. She gets a much deserved emotional support and warmth from Peter.”
So will we see Emma butt kicking goons in the film? She says, “There wasn’t a major amount of stunt work for me. I’ve always thought that if Gwen needed to kick some ass, it wouldn’t make a ton of sense to me because she’s pretty focused on her studies. She’s an editor and she’s focused on academia, we don’t ever really see her getting in shape. That would have been an interesting character element, but there’s even a part where I had to hit someone with something and I made sure she looked like she did not know what she was doing, that she’d never hit anyone before. My version of Gwen, like me, wouldn’t know how to go about really kicking someone’s ass. She’s a policeman’s daughter who’s been told to be responsible and to avoid that side of the world.”
Films like Spider-man are memorable not just for the audience but become engrained on the brains cells of the actors as well. The memorable moment of playing Gwen for Stone had been the one where she is swinging in the air and there is music going on in the background. “I feared that I might fall off but the music was such a delight to ears that I survived the scene!” she says.
Does she feel jittery now that the film is about to release? Emma says, “The entire film is like a mission and we, actors, are a small part of it, however, we also play the role of taking this mission forward. And I hope when the audience comes to see the film they like it and leave the theatre smiling!”
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN of Sony Pictures releases in 3D all over India on 29th June, a week ahead of USA.
Promoting its summer tentpole pic “The Amazing Spider-Man”, Columbia Pictures unleashes a set of B-roll videos for the Marvel superhero movie. In a total of around 25 minutes, the clips unveil behind-the-scene footage that highlights the making of various fight and action scenes involving Andrew Garfield. Scenes featuring Rhys Ifans and Emma Stone are also included in the promotional videos.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” promises to reveal “the untold story” of Peter Parker a.k.a Spidey. Like most teenagers his age, he is trying to figure out who he is and how he to be the person he is today. In his journey to put the pieces of his past together, he uncovers a secret that his father held. The secret will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man.
Director Webb once explained that he wanted to explore Parker’s secret story which is connected to his origin. “I wanted to treat Peter Parker in a more naturalistic way,” he said. “I think there are a lot of things from Spider-Man canon that haven’t been explored cinematically.”
“This movie really starts off with Peter Parker and his parents, which is something we’ve never really seen before,” he gushed. “And I think that was something we were all really interested in exploring as filmmakers.”
Due to arrive in cinemas across the U.S. on July 3, “The Amazing Spider-Man” is also supported by Sally Field as aunt May Parker, Martin Sheen as uncle Ben Parker, and Denis Leary as Captain George Stacy.
One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man.’ Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. ’The Amazing Spider-Man’ is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ will be swinging onto the big screen July 3rd in the US and July 4th in the UK.
Can you talk a little about this incarnation of the Peter Parker/Spider-man story? For me, he’s definitely one of the most relatable characters in the comic book world.
Andrew Garfield: In this version of the Peter Parker story, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ we’ve really focused in on him being an orphan, him searching for his identity and never really having a sense of it up until this point where he gets guided to Oscorp, and ultimately being bit by this radioactive, genetically engineered Spider. I feel like comic books and comic book films are our modern myths, in that they hold universal themes about being human that we need to be reminded of, over and over and over and over and over again (laughs). I think this struggle that Peter Parker has, of being a normal kid, like everyone, I think that’s why people relate to him, he is all of us, he is no different to any of us….and that’s why, to me, he’s the most important superhero. It’s more grounded and gritty and real, this version of the Peter Parker story.
With Gwen Stacy, like all the major characters in the Spider-man world, there must be so much there for you in terms of her as a person, and her relationship with Peter Parker and George Stacy?
Emma Stone: Yeah. I think the reason that people are protective of Gwen Stacy, or protective of Mary Jane, Peter Parker’s love interests, is that these relationships in the comic books did feel real, they did feel grounded. So it’s not like we’re trying to create something out of some fantastical comic, it was a pretty earth based comic. There’s so much there, fifty years worth of comic book material when it comes to Spider-man. Their intimacy, Gwen and Peter’s, is such an incredible element to the story.
To have a father that’s the police chief, that’s a life (laughs). She’s the oldest and therefore bears a responsibility to her father. I think she’s responsible because of that experience, of having a father like that, but I think that he’s incredibly loving and protective of her. So that whole element and how complicated it is, to be with who is considered the biggest villain in the city (laughs), and have your father be so against him, that’s a huge conflict. It’s a complex situation for Gwen in ’The Amazing Spider-Man.’ There’s a lot of sadness and fear in her life, combined with the fact that she’s outwardly confident and strong and smart, and takes no bullshi*t. She’s soft and seventeen underneath it all.
As a massive fan of the character, what was it like stepping into that Spider-man suit?
Andrew Garfield: When you first wear it you’re like, “OK, here we are, I better savour this moment.” And it is a surreal thing when you see yourself embodying something that’s meant so much to you. But there is a really interesting thing about it because it doesn’t belong to you, you very quickly realise it’s not you, it isn’t you in the suit, it’s just you doing your job. It’s actually nothing to do with you, the suit is what people love, and whatever body is in that suit, it doesn’t really matter. That’s what I found so wonderful about this character; that he is everyone’s and he is everyone. He’s been one of the dearest fictional characters in my own personal life, I started to read the comics as soon I started to read. And as I grew up and realised I was a bit of a skinny kid (laughs), I found myself in a skinny body, which didn’t make sense to me because inside I felt a lot stronger. Inside I felt like a Lion and outside I looked like a Spider Monkey, and Peter Parker feels like that to me. There’s definitely this pure, personal, fantasy fulfilment there that every young, skinny boy has had to find strength. Stan Lee’s creation of Peter Parker, Spider-man, has inspired me in my life personally, so stepping into this I felt equipped in a way. Because I know he’s sort of lived inside me for so long, like millions…countless other people, but there is a weight to it.
How was it working opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-man?
Emma Stone: Andrew Garfield is probably the most fluid person I’ve ever worked with. He really ebbs and flows and moves with you. It’s funny because he does so much preparation. He’s incredibly prepared. I mean, he’s thought out every moment of the movie – countless times. And every element of Peter’s journey, it’s really incredible. He just completely knows what’s going on, but he’s still so adaptable, so intuitive in a way. It was a godsend, probably the biggest reason I wanted to do the movie was camera testing with him. It was kind of a no-brainer after that. He’s incredible, he’s a really incredible actor.
Earlier today, Emma Stone and her “The Amazing Spider-Man” co-stars attended a photo call for the film in New York City. I have just added the first images from the event – a total of 82 HQ and MQ photos – into our photo gallery!
Emma Stone Photo Gallery > Appearances > From 2012 > “The Amazing Spider-Man” New York City Photo Call
Actress Emma Stone was left bruised and traumatised after a recent doctor’s appointment because her serious phobia of needles turned her into a terrified, crying wreck.
The Help star was a new patient at the medic’s office and was required to give a blood sample, but she burst into tears and suffered a “full-on meltdown” as soon as he prepared to stick her.
She told U.S. talk show host Jay Leno, “I have two phobias: one of being lifted over somebody’s head, which was the issue with (2011 movie) Crazy, Stupid, Love., and the other phobia is getting my blood drawn. Needles.
“I have a true, genuine blackout… spiral phobia of needles, which was witnessed by this doctor unexpectedly as he turned away and got out some little vials from the drawer, and then turned back around, by which time I was in a state of (complete distress). There were many tears and I just had a full-on meltdown in his room.”
The doctor found a cunning way to get Stone’s blood sample – but his tactic caused the actress to stiffen up and it made her skin bruise: “He tricked me… He was hitting my vein and I was panicking over here (looking the other way) and he said, ‘I’m not going to do anything without telling you’ while he stuck me with the needle, to which I tensed up and then had a terrible bruising incident for a couple weeks. It’s a phobia, it’s pretty bad.”
But there was one positive about her trip to the doctor – he discovered she was suffering from a vitamin D deficiency.
She added, “(It) is a very important vitamin, so I’m now on supplements.”
I have just updated the photo gallery with 515 HQ and MQ images of Emma Stone from the MTV Movie Awards that were held on Sunday. There is photos from the red carpet, the audience, the show and backstage added!
Emma Stone Photo Gallery > Appearances > From 2012 > 2012 MTV Movie Awards
Emma Stone Photo Gallery > Appearances > From 2012 > 2012 MTV Movie Awards – Audience
Emma Stone Photo Gallery > Appearances > From 2012 > 2012 MTV Movie Awards – Show
Emma Stone Photo Gallery > Appearances > From 2012 > 2012 MTV Movie Awards – Backstage
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