Published On: Tue, Jul 3rd, 2012

Denis Leary talks ‘Amazing Spider-Man,’ praises director Marc Webb

From stand-up comedy to “Rescue Me,” Denis Leary made a name for himself. Now the Massachusetts born actor will add a comic book film to his resume with “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Leary plays Captain George Stacy, who leads the pursuit of Spider-Man by the New York Police Department, but is also the father of Gwen, Peter Parker’s love interest. 

Denis Leary as Cpt. George Stacy in “The Amazing Spider-Man” Columbia Pictures

Talking with the State Journal Register in Illinois in an interview published Sunday, Leary describes how director Marc Webb contacted him about the role.

“We were still cutting and mixing music for the show when Marc called,” said Leary, relaxing in his New York hotel room. “After he described the film to me, I thought, ‘I’ll just jump in; I’m not writing or producing it, so how hard will it be?’ My job was going to be just the acting. I didn’t have to do anything else.”

Admittedly Leary was a fan of Webb’s film “500 Days of Night” but underestimated the challenge of the role.

“When I’m not in control, of ‘Rescue Me’ or whatever it might be, it’s a different animal. When you make a film, it belongs to the director. Generally speaking, I’m old enough to know about two weeks into the process if the director is losing it or has control of their vision. This guy told me he was making a certain kind of a movie, and every day we went to work, he had the same positive approach, and he had all the answers whenever you had a question about your character. It was hard work, but it was really easy because Marc knew what he wanted.”

Capt. Stacy is a “by-the-book” cop who sees Spidey as a dangerous vigilante while Peter Parker learns to use his Spider-Man powers as the rise of the Lizard rampages the New York streets.

After three films directed by Sam Raimi, starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, the entire Spider-Man franchsie received a facelift.

In addition to Webb taking over as director, Andrew Garfield is the new webhead with Gwen Stacy played by Emma Stone (“Zombieland,” “The Help) and Rhys Ifans (“Anonymous”) plays Lizard and his alter ego Dr. Curt Connors.

Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Chris Zylka, Irrfan Khan, Campbell Scott and C. Thomas Howell all costar.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” opens July 3, 2012.


ber and Colin Quinn to do the hit game show “Remote Control.”

Ober and Quinn brought in Emersonian Mike Armstrong and the Comedy Workshop’s John Ten Eyck as writers who, in turn, hired comic actors including Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Leary.

Soon after, Herzog brought director Ted Demme onboard at MTV to develop what would become the network’s biggest show, “Yo! MTV Raps.”

Herzog and Demme went to see Leary’s “No Cure for Cancer,” which led to Demme saying to Leary, “I want to take a camera, go to a location, and just shoot some subject matter with you talking about it.” That was the beginning of a series of memorable rants Leary did for MTV that gave him great exposure.

“My son just graduated from Emerson,” said Leary. “And now his best friend, also from Emerson, is Daniel Herzog, Doug’s son. Everything’s come around full circle.”
The Amazing Spider-ManWith Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen and Sally Field. Directed by Marc Webb. In theaters on Tuesday.



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