Published On: Fri, Apr 11th, 2014

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ star Andrew Garfield discusses being bullied, how it made him strong

Andrew Garfield returns this summer as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is using the opportunity as a chance speak out and help kids with the problem of bullying.

The new 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' poster pays homage to the classic Spidey comic book cover

The new ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ poster pays homage to the classic Spidey comic book cover

“I like to say I was thankful to my school bully, because without him, I wouldn’t be in this position now,” the Social Network star told The Daily Mail.

“I thought that [being sensitive] was a weakness, but I realize now those sensitivities can be real strength. Today I celebrate my sensitivities.”

Garfield discusses his tough time growing up and started to read comic books when he was picked on as a schoolboy in Surrey, South East England. He says he was a “skinny, sensitive kid” at school and he will never forget the experience of being bullied.

“[It was] a defining experience you never forget. I have not forgotten who bullied me, but I’m not going to name and shame them. I know now that it goes on everywhere, and I also have more understanding of what makes a bully. They’ve been bullied before.”

He empathizes with kids today who are dealing with cyber-bullying and says he “hopes parents realize what their children have access to” on the Internet.

Star Pulse has the interview details, so check it out.

The film also stars Emma Stone, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd.

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