Sony’s Los Angeles premiere for “The Amazing Spider-Man” shut down several blocks in Westwood on Thursday night, causing traffic problems that delayed the stars’ arrival on the red carpet. Movie started more than an hour late after director Marc Webb introduced his cast and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, who made it a point to acknowledge the web-slinging legacy of fellow producer Laura Ziskin. “She’s all over this movie,” Tolmach said.
Pic swings into theaters 10 years after Sam Raimi’s original “Spider-Man” movie, though Sony topper Amy Pascal was quick to note that “Marvel has reinvented the ‘Spider-Man’ story hundreds of times, and myths are made to be retold.”
Did the previous Parker, Tobey Maguire, give the newcomer any friendly advice? “He wouldn’t condescend to me in that way. He just told me to try and enjoy it. I needed him to give me a little push and say go and have some fun,” said Andrew Garfield.
Rhys Ifans, who plays the Lizard, also referred to the original trilogy. “It’s kind of a Marvel tradition, that the villains generally have a glimmer of good in them. It’s fun being bad, but he’s not evil from the beginning, and that’s what attracted me to Dr. Connors. He’s a compassionate man. He just has a bad day at the office.”