NEW YORK — Maybe it's a generational thing, but two of the key actors in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the first in Marvel Comics' fledgling new round of summer blockbusters, have never read the comic books that inspired the superhero series.
In the current “reboot” of the iconic pulp action series about teenage Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his transformation into the web-slinging crime fighter, Martin Sheen, 71, has the role of Parker's wise but tragically fated Uncle Ben, and Sally Field, 65, plays the teen's sympathetic and long-suffering Aunt May.
But during press interviews hosted by Columbia Pictures for the film's release, the two veteran actors sheepishly admitted that they were naive newcomers to the Spider-Man mythology and had never read the comics as kids.
“I read Little LuLu comics, and I haven't seen them make those into a movie yet,” said Field. “That was my girl. I loved comic books; I was a real comic book freak when I was a kid, except they were the girl ones like Archie and Veronica. I read all of those.
“But my brother, who is a world-renowned physicist, used to read all of the superhero comics,” she said. “He's so excited about this movie. Finally, he feels I've arrived because I'm in this movie. I'm familiar with the ‘Spider-Man' movies, but I had never read the comic books and still haven't to this day.”
Sheen said that his passions as a kid ran more to Saturday matinees.
“I was a huge movie fan when I was a kid. That was my passion, not so much comic books,” the actor said.
“I didn't read Little LuLu, but I did read Sluggo and Nancy and the Archie comics.
“But our Saturday afternoons were always spent watching movie serials, the Westerns or sports adventures,” Sheen said. “As far as Spider-Man is concerned specifically, I'm 21 years older then he, so I missed him totally. I do recall the afternoon Spider-Man cartoons, and my kids would rush to the TV to see that, but that was as close as I ever got.”
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