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Yesterday, Andrew Garfield arrived in London to promote his new movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2. As you’d expect, there were a ton of interviews to conduct, flesh to press, autographs to hand out, but he also managed to find time for four special appearances that deserve particular mention.
In no particular order (cos we haven’t seen his schedule), first he appeared on BBC Radio 1 with co-star Emma Stone, having a dance to “Bamboleo,” for reasons that probably made sense at the time:
He then took a trip to Brixton, to meet children represented by the charity Kids City, who provide things for children to do out of usual school hours. Best of all, he turned up in full Spider-Man regalia and played basketball with them, before settling down for a pizza and signing autographs.
(Pics are on Brixton Blog’s site)
And then he made a surprise cameo in a Punchdrunk event at the fictional Temple Studios. An audience of 600 saw him come onstage chewing a toothpick in a production of The Drowned Man, which took place in a former office block in Paddington, done up like a Hollywood studio of the 1960s.
The production uses input from the supporting cast, and interactions from the audience, to tell a different version of the same dark tale of love gone bad every night. Andrew is not the first spontaneous guest to appear, the pop star Florence Welch turned up back in March.
Later, Temple Studios even tweeted a dramatic picture of Andrew in his Drowned Man costume, a world away from the fellow jigging to “Bamboleo” earlier on:
— Temple Studios (@Temple_Studios) April 9, 2014
And THEN, presumably quite tired by now, he went with Emma and co-star Jamie Foxx to appear on The Graham Norton Show, which will be shown on BBC America on April 19.
Literally amazing, Spider-Man.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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