3. Andrew Garfield in Spider-Man
Garfield brought an everyman innocence and a core of decency to his role as wronged Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network. It’s no surprise that when Peter Parker was being recast, Garfield’s name topped the list. The wiry star bulked up to fill out Spidey’s threads (and check out what Torchwood‘s John Barrowman has to say about that, if you dare)
“It’s fantasy fulfillment,” Garfield told NPR. “He’s a human hero that goes through all of the same struggles that we all have gone through, especially the skinny ones that want more power than they feel they have. I think it’s a very inspiring, aspirational character that symbolizes goodness — and how difficult it is to be good — but how worth it it is.”
The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters July 3. If the film flops — and fat chance of that happening — Garfield can always fall back on his Broadway career. He’s a Tony nominee for playing Biff in Mike Nichols‘ revival of Death of a Salesman, starring Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman.