Andrew Garfield's fatherly fears

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Andrew Garfield says fathers have ''an ability'' to mess up their sons.

The 30-year-old actor reprises his role as Peter Parker in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' and insists the film is a ''cautionary tale for dads'' as we see his alter-ego and Harry Osborn, son of the Osborn Corp boss, battle their own issues.

He said: ''A good dose of therapy would be beneficial to Spider-Man, for sure. But I don't know of any father-and-son relationship that hasn't struggled. Fathers do really have an ability to mess up their sons. And this story is a really good example. It's a cautionary tale for dads.''

Andrew - who has been dating Emma Stone since 2011 - believes there are certain things parents will get wrong and every child has to see past these.

He added to Time Out Hong Kong magazine: ''You know, when I become a dad, as soon as my child is born I'll have messed up. There is an imperfection in being human that we have to accept. As the child you've got to learn to get over it, become your own person. You can't keep blaming your mum and dad. It's a tough road for young people. It definitely was for me.''

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Here's another AG quote I found on Tumblr on fatherhood, not sure where it's from, though:


“Fatherhood is a scary thing because as soon as you’ve done it you’ve messed up the kid. You’re only human and you’ll be projecting your own shit on them and putting your own expectations on them and treating them as though they’re a part of you rather than a separate entity. I am absolutely fascinated by fatherhood, though, and have been for a long time," Presumably, when the time comes he will be out there with his camera, making movies with his kids just as his father did with him? "I hope so," he says. "I intend to be the perfect father. I’m sure I’ll fail miserably.”


Personally, I think his interpretations of Spider-Man (the story and the character) are interesting and well-intentioned, but I side-eye him sometimes.

ETA: A bit late in the game, but I should clarify I like the above quote I copied and pasted and what I meant in this last statement ^ is that I don't agree that SM is cautionary tale for dads and there are other things he's said in the past about SM that I don't necessarily agree with. As for stopping blaming your parents for the terrible way they raised you... I thought it sounded like, "you messed up your own life, not your parents" and it sounded like you should forgive your parents. Maybe that's a good route for some people but I completely understand if that's not an option for others.