So how does this lifelong Spider-Man fan feel about filling Tobey Maguire's shoes?
The reality is not as great as the fantasy of it. The fantasy, of course, is a fantasy, so everything in your imagination is perfect and beautiful. And then when you get the suit on – it’s spandex, and spandex isn’t that fun. It’s itchy, and it’s difficult to go to the bathroom, and you get a bit claustrophobic. There was one day when I was in water in the suit, and I waterboarded myself accidentally, which sucked.
[When he wears the Spider-Man suit] no skin can be seen, which means that kids of every culture can imagine themselves in the suit. Also, he’s the most human superhero, in my opinion. And his humour – it’s kind of that teenage sense of humour.
I had a moment of pacing back and forth and thinking: Do I want my life to change in this way? Do I want this kind of pressure? But ultimately I’ve never seen Spider-Man as that; I’ve always seen Spider-Man as part of my heart. It feels cheesy to say, but I really mean it.
I’m realising more and more that no matter how you prepare, life still happens. I’m just trying to keep my eyes open and enjoy this silly ride. And I intend to leave [the US]. That’s how I’m preparing. I intend to get out.
Robert Redford wrote me something recently that will always stick with me. It’s about never thinking you’re any good and how to hold on to that. Because as long as you do, you’re never going to get too big for your boots, and you’ll keep working hard and striving to be better.
Yes, exactly. I can be as rubbish as I want.
The Amazing-Spider-man screens from Jul 4