Dr. Jane Aronson with her trademark blue glasses & Andrew Garfield at a Salon Event for the charity honoring the actor as the group's first ever sports Ambassador.
Andrew Garfield star of the new film, The Amazing Spider-Man was born to English and American parents and started his acting career in the United Kingdom. His British television credits include Sugar Rush and Doctor Who. The young actor has also appeared in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as well as the hit feature The Social Network which earned him Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.
Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) is dedicated to transforming the lives of orphaned children worldwide by addressing their needs through medical, developmental, psychosocial and educational programs and is currently in five countries. Garfield has teamed up with the WWO to help reach out to orphans in underprivileged communities around the globe. He has already visited Haiti and Ethiopia and plans are in the works for him to be involved in the organization's new sports program. Dr. Jane Aronson, who heads the charity sees Garfield as an opportunity for "young people to really get involved in a cause."
Interviewed By Giacinta Pace
Q: Why did you choose to bring attention to this organization during this busy time for you and what inspires you about it?
Andrew: I started working with Jane about a year and a half ago and it wasn’t calculated, it was very very instinctive. I just found her and it was a lot to do with her but it was a lot to do with the nature of being an orphan. I never really realized that everyone can empathize with it, and definitely empathize not sympathize. Everyone feels like they are an orphan in some way, shape or form. That universality is very important and it hit me because I was working on one of the most famous orphans in fictional history which is Peter Parker. I realized that the plight of the orphan is something that we all have a personal connection to. From then on it was just very easy to jump in with her and she’s so passionate and infectiously passionate and relentless and also in the midst of all this press tour nonsense. You’re selling a movie; you’re selling yourself and knowing that I had this at the end of it. This is important. This is massively important. In a very earnest way, this is kind of what we should all be doing. We should all be banding together to focus on things that matter, saving each other’s lives. What really did strike me was the injustice of an orphan, of an orphan existing in the first place, a defenseless child not having any support. We can all empathize with that on a very fundamental, primal level. I had no choice but to work with Jane.
Q: Has there been a particularly moving moment for you while working with this group?
Andrew: The traveling with Jane. I traveled to Addis first in Ethiopia. The first place we visited was a government run orphanage and it was bleak and it was babies. It was these beautiful babies in a very very bleak room with no support and traumatized and straight away after we went to visit Dessa’s village which is Jane’s orphanage in Ethiopia. It was kids getting the same kind of care and attention that I got as a middle class, suburban British child and it was like well this is massively important and if I can assist in any way in making this opportunity more accessible to more people than I have a purpose.
Q: Can you tell me about your work with WWO's sport program?
Andrew: Sure, well it’s just ramping up. It was Jane’s idea. There’s no event right now. I think that somewhere there’s [going to be] a launch of the sport’s program and I’m hopefully going to be going out for that.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
Andrew: I think we covered a lot. I feel pretty good.
Stan Lee's character in The Amazing Spiderman Game!
Stan Lee is a comic book writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher, television personality, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. In collaboration with several artists, he created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Thor. Most recently he has been working on The Amazing Spider-Man movie as well as The Amazing Spider-Man™ video game. This summer he will make a cameo appearance in both and for the first time ever Lee will be an actual playable character (likeness and voice) in the game.
John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Center is a cancer research institute dedicated to the understanding and curing of cancer in order to eliminate patient suffering worldwide. The Institute is named after American actor John Wayne who died of stomach cancer in 1979.
Interviewed By Giacinta Pace
Q: Tell me about your cause and how you become involved with it?
Stan: I give to a number of charities. I [recently] met John Wayne’s son [and] his grandson also. They’re involved in the John Wayne Cancer Institute so I’ve done what I could to help promote that.
Q: Can you tell me a good experience you have had while working with the Institute?
Stan: I haven’t done that much work [yet]. We (Lee and Wayne’s family) got together just recently. We had lunch and he was telling me about the great work that they do at the institute and I said I’m glad to do whatever I can to help and to help promote it.
Q: You will be doing things in the future with them?