Sally Field's performance as Aunt May in Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man movies was one of the bright spots in the two films. However, Field herself isn't exactly a fan - it turns out she took the part as a favor, and wasn't pleased with the results, calling it "not her kind of movie" - and much worse.
“We knew it would be [producer Laura Ziskin's] last film, and she was my first producing partner, and she was spectacular,” Field told Howard Stern (via Entertainment Weekly). Ziskin died of breast cancer shortly after finishing Amazing Spider-Man.
“You work it as much as you can, but you can’t put 10 pounds of sh– in a five-pound bag,” she continued. “You have to try to make it as much of a character, a logical performance, as you possibly can. Andrew [Garfield], under those circumstances … we found a relationship of who we were.”
As for whether Field was interested in reaching superhero fans, Field confessed that she did not, saying "That wouldn't blow my skirts up."
Aunt May will next be played by Marisa Tomei in 2017's untitled Spider-Man reboot film from Marvel and Sony.