Shailene Woodley, the star of the upcoming young-adult, book-based "Divergent," has expressed her disappointment over losing the role of Mary Jane Watson in Spidey's next flick.
And Yahoo! Movies has learned Spidey was sad about it, too.
"That's a bummer," Andrew Garfield told us at this year's San Diego Comic-Con when we brought up Woodley's departure. "The reason why I would've liked it to have been in… is Shailene, because she's so talented and because she did just beautiful work," he said of the 21-year-old actress. "I only did a couple of scenes with her, but gosh, it was just beautiful to hang with her and work with her. She is not only an incredibly talented, gifted actress with great craft but also she's one of the better people you'll meet."
As if we needed more proof that Garfield is an ultra nice guy.
Shailene Woodley, left, and Emma Stone on the set of the Spidey sequel in May (Photo: Jose Perez/Splash News)
Garfield even enlisted the help of literature's great Bard to support his argument for deleting Woodley's role from the "Spider-Man" sequel. "There's a reason why when Shakespeare wrote 'Romeo and Juliet,' after Romeo met Juliet, he didn't introduce another attractive female character that could be a shoulder to lean on. You know what I mean? After wherever he gets banished to, you know? [Laughs] Dramatically it just unfortunately didn't really match up with what our story needed to be."
But Garfield makes no bones about it. He wasn't happy to say goodbye to Woodley. "I'll go on record and say it's a bummer that those scenes won't be seen because she just killed it and she was perfect."
For her part, Shailene Woodley told Yahoo! Movies that the "Spider-Man" filmmakers were very thoughtful when they broke the news that she was out of the film. She said, "[They] were all so amazing and professional about the situation. I think people expect it to be a sad situation but it's not at all so there's nothing to worry about. It's all good. Hollywood likes to talk things up."
By the way, Garfield appears to be having a helluva time at this year's Con — dressed as Spidey and answering questions in character for all his screaming fans inside the convention's huge Hall H room.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is set to swing into theaters May 2, 2014.
Bryan Enk and Kara Warner contributed to this report.
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