12/24/2010 11:09 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'Social Network' Star Andrew Garfield Talks Getting In Shape To Play Spiderman

What does a superhero do to get in shape? Andrew Garfield is trying to figure that out.

The English actor, featuring this year in 'The Social Network' and 'Never Let Me Go,' won the web-slinger role in the Spiderman film franchise reboot, which brings Peter Parker back to his early, high school days as a fledgling wall crawler. That physical juxtaposition -- teenage superhero -- took some figuring out on Garfield's part.

"I think Spider-Man needs strength, but Peter Parker is still a teenager, you know? That's a very tender balance to figure out," he told the UK's Guardian newspaper (via The Hollywood Reporter). "It's very specific what we're trying to achieve in terms of body type and the feeling of that."

So how is he doing it? With a lot of help, for sure.

"Rest assured, there's a lot of people who are helping me with it because I have no discipline in that respect," Garfield continued. "My father's a swimming coach and I kind of rebelled against that very, very early on so any form of physical discipline has to be really cracked with a really smart whip."

Of course, while it's the body that's giving him the most trouble, it's the spandex above it that is perhaps most exciting.

"I feel like a kid in my pajamas," he laughed. "I don't take it lightly and I feel incredibly lucky that I get to wear spandex for the next few months."

For more excerpts, head over to The Hollywood Reporter. To hear the entire interview, click onto The Guardian.

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