"It Was [Weirdly] Enjoyable": [SPOILER] Discusses Lying About Being In SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME And Those Leaks

"It Was [Weirdly] Enjoyable": [SPOILER] Discusses Lying About Being In SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME And Those Leaks

One of the stars of Spider-Man: No Way Home has finally opened up about constantly having to lie about their involvement in the film. Find out what [Spoiler] had to say right here...

By DanielKlissmman - Jan 10, 2022 09:01 AM EST
Filed Under: No Way Home
Source: The Wrap

Note: This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is now in theaters, and audiences have finally been able to learn all of its enticing secrets. The biggest one was the return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as their respective versions of the Wall-Crawler. Marvel Studios/Sony has yet to officially confirm the actors' involvement in stills or TV spots, but multiple leaks led to Garfield being asked countless times whether he was indeed part of the project.

Garfield denied his involvement in No Way Home with the professionalism of a tied-up super-spy keeping the world's best-kept secrets. His denials reached a point where they made many question whether the film would indeed bring back any past Spider-People. 

Now that we've seen the film, the cat is out of the bag, which has given Garfield the chance to openly discuss his role. But what about his multiple denials? Well, speaking with The Wrap, the actor opened up about what it was like to lie to everyone about his return: 

"It was stressful, I'm not gonna lie [...] but also weirdly enjoyable [...] It was like this massive game of 'Werewolf' that I was playing with journalists and with people guessing, and it was very fun."

Funnily enough, in one of his denials during an interview with ET, Garfield referred to having to clarify his involvement in the film as playing 'Werewolf.' Little did we know at the time that he was referring to being the werewolf and not the opposite way around.

Did he ever feel guilty about it? As it turns out, he did, but Garfield explained that he put himself in a fan's situation, and imagined what he would have liked to experience as a viewer leading up to the film: 

"There were moments where I was like, 'God, I hate lying.' I don't like to lie and I'm not a good liar, but I kept framing it as a game. And I kept imagining myself purely as a fan of that character, which is not hard to do. I placed myself in that position of, 'Well, what would I want to know?' Would I want to be toyed with? Would I want to be lied to? Would I want to be kept on my toes guessing? Would I want to discover it when I went to the theater?"

There was one problem with his near-flawless performance, though. No Way Home was infamously plagued by multiple leaks, and according to Garfield, he had committed to the film's secrecy to such a degree that seeing those leaks upset him: 

“I worked so hard to keep it secret that I was in Atlanta shooting [...] All these leaks were happening, and I was like, 'Oh, my God, guys, what the hell is going on? I'm working so hard here to stay secret, and then here's an image of me with Tobey!' And they're like, 'No, no, we're gonna keep it quiet.' 'OK, I'll keep denying it' [...] I was happy to do it, but it was a lot of work on everyone's part. It obviously gave people a big thrill in the theater, and what more do you want from a theater experience than a thrill?"

While the surprise of Garfield and Maguire's return was spoiled long before the film, it didn't lessen the impact of their roles whatsoever.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently in theaters. 

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OptimusCrime - 1/10/2022, 9:02 AM
Even my Grandma can fill in the dots on this headline🤣
Unites - 1/10/2022, 9:10 AM
I have to say that I appreciate Sony and Marvel still keeping Andrew and Tobey out of marketing. I watched the movie for the first time yesterday (finally!) and people were genuinely surprised to see them showing up. Although I already knew that they were coming back, it was nice to hear those reactions of others.
JoeInTheBox - 1/10/2022, 10:55 AM
@Unites - I'm genuinely surprised as well, since they were so quick to spoil Tony's death in the FFH teasers immediately after Endgame's release.
Mrcool210 - 1/10/2022, 10:57 AM
@JoeInTheBox - To be fair to Sony with that, not only did they give an endgame spoiler warning at the beginning of the trailer Tonys death plays such a big factor in that movie they couldn't really hide it, it's not like andrew and tobey who don't play a factor till the 3rd act
JoeInTheBox - 1/10/2022, 11:30 AM
@Mrcool210 - I get the factors involved, still to resist not spoiling Andrew and Tobey is still pretty big all things considered. Even in the merchandising alone.
pyramosteu - 1/10/2022, 9:16 AM
My man earned that check
DanielKlissmman - 1/10/2022, 10:41 AM
@pyramosteu -
Spidey91 - 1/10/2022, 9:30 AM
Super12 - 1/10/2022, 9:31 AM
It makes me so mad how hard the press works to spoil movies just so they can get clicks on an article.
BrainySleep - 1/10/2022, 9:37 AM
BREAKING NEWS: (Spoilers ahead)

Marisa [SPOILER] discusses Aunt [SPOILER]'s death in Spiderman: No [SPOILER] Home
TheWalkingCuban - 1/10/2022, 10:23 AM
@BrainySleep - just looking at the DEXTER, NON CBM, article title, I was like
DanielKlissmman - 1/10/2022, 12:11 PM
@BrainySleep -
OmegaDaGrodd - 1/10/2022, 9:37 AM
It is hilarious that he really had to keep denying it after the pictures came out
DrReedRichards - 1/10/2022, 9:51 AM
Best response he ever gave on the matter was on that GQ video:

@10:46 - "Look, at this point... I say enough. We will all know what will happen when the movie is released and we will either be incredibly disappointed or incredibly happy. Or someone will be found to say “I told you” and another will say “I told you”. It will seem. Sorry in advance."

It was like an implied apology for failing to keep people from getting their hopes up, and preparing them for not getting to see him in the movie when it would eventually come out. That reply had some strong game, and Andrew deserves all the praise for keeping up the act.
TheWalkingCuban - 1/10/2022, 9:52 AM
It wasn’t me
DrReedRichards - 1/10/2022, 9:53 AM
@TheWalkingCuban -

ComicBookPsycho - 1/10/2022, 10:02 AM
Off topic: This is the funniest thing I've seen today

DrReedRichards - 1/10/2022, 10:28 AM
@ComicBookPsycho -

How old are these folks?
globaltravels - 1/10/2022, 11:12 AM
@DrReedRichards - younger than you gramps
DrReedRichards - 1/10/2022, 12:22 PM
@globaltravels -

Thank God they're young enough to not be taken seriously, then.
ElricReturns - 1/10/2022, 10:36 AM
He did more acting in interviews than he had total screen time.
Amuro - 1/10/2022, 10:57 AM
And the next time...

Official stance :

Ryan Reynolds : "I'm 70% sure I'm not in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."

Behind Marvel Studio's back :

Ryan Reynolds : (leaks his screen-test for the movie on the web)
Magikarpex - 1/10/2022, 11:23 AM
Damn, I was hoping he'd keep denying it
ModHaterSLADE - 1/10/2022, 12:12 PM
Rooting for him to get more opportunities in the role. He was great.
DanFlashesShirt - 1/10/2022, 12:28 PM
this shit was so GD annoying. Every. Single. Interview he did it was the same thing…

“Sooo I just have to ask you… there are a lot of rumors about you returning in the new spider-man movie… are you in it???”

Like yea, he’s denied it about 28 different times now in every interview he’s done, but yea he’s gonna randomly pick your podcast or whatever to completely spoil everything.

I get the whole “i wouldn’t be doing my job if i didn’t ask..” thing, but jesus at a certain point when the movies weeks away, just f*cking let it be!

Also i found it extremely rude to both him and the people behind the projects he was actually promoting to keep forcing those marvel questions in him.
DanFlashesShirt - 1/10/2022, 12:33 PM
Also i love all the people who were crying about how “Sonys doing a terrible job marketing this movie!!!” (1.3 billion LOL) as a veil for them simply being upset that the biggest reveal of the movie wasn’t just spoiled for them. Leaks aside, you can’t tell me that those theatre reactions to them onscreen would have felt the same had it just been showed in trailers. I hope everyone who spent a year and a half foaming at the mouth to know whether they’d be in it or not feels dumb and realizes how spoiled and entitled they were acting.
generictheeric - 1/10/2022, 1:10 PM
One month ago:

"Days Before SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Is Released, Andrew Garfield Once Again Denies Being In The Movie"


"[SPOILER] Discusses Lying About Being In SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME And Those Leaks"

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JFerguson - 1/10/2022, 1:33 PM
bkmeijer2 - 1/10/2022, 5:30 PM
He did his very best, and he could've fooled me. Really just wish journalists would stop asking actors "hey what about this CBM role you possible appear as?"
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