Being a superhero—or the actor who plays one—isn't all fun and games.
"What was your experience when you became Spider-Man in people's eyes?" he prodded. "Because right now I have a host of fears that I'm contending with on a minute-to-minute basis. I'm not in the reality of it yet, so I'm sure I'm imagining it will be much worse than it is."
Maguire said his boost in fame from the franchise was "shocking," but that Garfield, 28, seems "to be more prepared" for superstardom.
"I had a very small experience with it, and it's very difficult," Garfield said. "Is there any way of containing it? Or humanizing it? There's sometimes that separation that happens: There's a wall that goes up between people in the public eye—actors, musicians, politicians—and the public. What I'd love is for Spider-Man fans to be…I like the idea of everyone being one, because you were the guy in the suit and now I'm the guy in the suit and there'll be another guy in the suit later down the line. The whole celebrity myth is very new and interesting to me, whether one can just be an actor and also be in one of these roles."
Garfield said he feels "such a great responsibility to the story and to the fans" and knows "how much this character means to people, because it means so much to me."
Maguire, who played the iconic character in three films between 2002 and 2007, reassured his successor that from what he's seen, Garfield performance is "very powerful, authentic," and he's "very honest" in his work.
We can see for ourselves July 3 when The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters. For more of Maguire and Garfield's interview, check out the new issue of V Magazine.