Maybe this is why the guy is hunting for anything that will free him from that cranial interrogation chamber, whether it's surfing at Zuma or swaying with the crowd at Coachella or riding his Vespa around L.A. "I don't like that," Amy Pascal says. "Tell him to stop. I just don't want him getting hurt." Not to worry. The Spider-Man team has already brought the hammer down. "They've actually banned me from using my Vespa," Garfield says, as he directs us off the boardwalk and toward a café on Hampton Drive. Indeed, a friend is waiting there in a car to pick him up.

If Robert Redford's correct that the best time in an actor's career is the struggle, it's excellent news for Andrew Garfield. Freedom versus duty? Anonymity versus fame? Mind versus body? He's right in the thick of it. "I hope this period doesn't end," Garfield says. "I hope I never blow up. I hope that I have to audition for every single job I want. I hope that I'm always struggling, really. You develop when you're struggling. When you're struggling, you get stronger."

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