In a new interview on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Garfield revealed that Stone “kept on texting” him about the third installment of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man saga and wasn’t so pleased when she found out she was receiving the same treatment as fans and journalists.
“Emma kept on texting me. She was like, ‘Are you in this new Spider-Man film?’” Garfield told Horowitz. “And I was like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’”
Of course, Garfield did, in fact, reprise his role as Peter Parker in the Marvel film alongside fellow former Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire (the pair even attended a screening of the movie incognito). Unlike Holland and Maguire, who have both helmed three Spider-Man films for Marvel and Sony, respectively, Garfield only played the superhero twice before No Way Home. Garfield starred in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) alongside Stone, who played Peter’s love interest Gwen Stacey. Thanks to the success of the latest film, however, many fans are hoping Garfield will get a chance to suit up again soon.
Stone, on the other hand, was not as forgiving of Garfield’s lies as some Marvel fans. “She was like, ‘Shut up. Just tell me.’ I’m like, ‘I honestly’— I kept it going, even with her,” Andrew Garfield continued. “And then she saw it. She was like, ‘You’re a jerk.’”
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Spider-Man stars have a history of dating their on-screen love interests. Maguire dated Kirsten Dunst, the Mary Jane to his Peter Parker while filming Spider-Man (2002) together. The pair broke things off ahead of the second film, according to director Sam Raimi. Then, Garfield began dating Stone while filming The Amazing Spider-Man in 2011 and the pair have remained close friends since their split in 2015.
In keeping with tradition, Holland is currently dating Zendaya, who plays MJ in the Marvel franchise, though the actors were warned against it. Amy Pascal—the former Sony movie exec behind the first five Spider-Man movies, as well as a producer on the last three Holland-helmed films—recently told the New York Times that she gave the costars the same advice she once gave Garfield and Stone.
“I took Tom and Zendaya aside, separately, when we first cast them and gave them a lecture: ‘Don’t go there—just don’t. Try not to,’” she told the Times. “I gave the same advice to Andrew and Emma. It can just complicate things, you know? And they all ignored me.”
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