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Bully helped Garfield find Spidey

Andrew Garfield has told how a childhood bully helped him prepare to be Spider-Man

The British actor, who plays the web-slinger in The Amazing Spider-Man films, said he started reading comics about the superhero as an escape when he was picked on as a child.

He told The Guardian: "I didn't have this really abusive experience. I had the general bullying experience where there was a kid who wasn't very happy and he threw his weight around. He targeted me because I was skinny and thin-skinned and he knew it."

Andrew, 30, went on: "It is really interesting, though, what you perceive as your wounds can later on turn into the biggest gifts you have. At the time, I was like, 'Man I've got to toughen up, get a thicker skin,' whereas in fact, being sensitive and thin-skinned and all the things I still am, lends itself to a career as an actor.

"Also, if it weren't for that bully, I wouldn't have found Spider-Man. That's why I got so lost in the comics and the cartoon series. I would fantasise about being him, and I would fantasise about him coming to beat the c*** out of my bully."

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in cinemas on April 16.

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