During a roundtable junket with Martin Sheen for The Way, Sheen went on some fantastic tangents and rather than include them in our coverage of the The Way interviews (which can be found here) we’ve instead collected them here.
On the question of working on The Amazing Spider-Man Sheen spoke briefly about his experience on set and his role in the film. Although none of this will probably be too surprising for anyone familiar with Spider-Man be aware that there are some spoilers for the film contained within the below quote (also keep in mind that this roundtable took place in February).
I’m not in any of the scenes where he’s Spider-man. He’s still a little boy. He’s a teenager when it starts. I’m a surrogate father really, I’m his uncle. And so all of our scenes are just like you and I talking now. I’m dealing with this adolescent who is having problems with changes, with hormones changing and his getting out of hand. I have to give him the marching orders and so forth. It’s all very normal. And the guy playing him is wonderful…
…He [Andrew Garfield] called me up and said he’d like to meet me and I said who are you and he said I’m playing your nephew. I said, you’re Spider-man! And we met for lunch and he was delightful. He just wanted to see who I was and whether I was open to changes, whether he could improvise with me. I was delighted and we had a wonderful time… I’ve never seen him in the uniform, I’ve never seen any of the stunts, any of the special effects, the green stuff. All my stuff is like normal acting and I don’t do anything with him otherwise. I’m dead in reel one y’know. I don’t do the end until I’m in New York. In April and May, that when I finish up with him. That’s where I get shot. There’s no special effects for me, that’s for the other characters.
The Amazing Spider-Man is currently set to be released in the UK on the 4th of July 2012
Speaking about roles for men of his age Sheen also spoke about the film Argo (a film that Ben Affleck is now supposedly directing) which has a role that he’s really interested in playing.
Argo, it’s a wonderful story… There’s a part in there I’d love to play. There’s probably not a chance in hell I’ll get. That’s just the space that my career is in right now, I’m seventy years old. I don’t get a lot of offers for those kinds of pictures. But I’m playing Uncle Ben, so that’s okay [laughs].
Finally, below you can find an audio snippet from the interview in which Sheen shares some Marlon Brando anecdotes and even does some impressions of Brando. These were frankly too entertaining to simply transcribe.
Apocalypse Now returns to UK cinemas on the 27th of May 2011.