With his cast and crew in place, Mel Gibson is now rolling the cameras on his new directorial effort, returning to the wartime milieu that has served him well in the past. The first image from Hacksaw Ridge is now online and can be seen above, courtesy of The Wrap.
With a script from Gibson’s old collaborator Randall Wallace, Hacksaw Ridge is based on the true story of Desmond T. Doss, who served as a US Army medic in World War II during the battle of Okinawa and refused to kill. Despite his objections, his incredible valour saving lives during the battle saw him awarded the Medal of Honor, the first time a conscientious objector has won the decoration.
Garfield is playing Doss, with Vaughn as Sergeant Howell, the man whose job it is to get raw recruits ready for combat, Sam Worthington as Captain Glover, in charge of the unit and Luke Bracey is Smitty Ryker, the tough alpha of the platoon. Teresa Palmer will be Doss’ true love Dorothy Shutte, with Rachel Griffiths as his mother, Bertha. There’s no release date yet, but the film should report to cinemas next year.
In director Ramin Bahrani’s bracing new drama 99 Homes, Andrew Garfield plays a young, struggling father who goes to work for the ruthless man (Michael Shannon) who has just evicted him and his family from their home. We recently got on the phone with Garfield, who was on the other side of the world filming his next movie, to talk about his new film, and his next two big projects. Garfield gave thoughtful answers throughout our chat, seeming humble but excited as he embarks on the post-Spider-Man phase of his career. He told us about the “kismet” of getting the 99 Homes script and mulled over how a group of Hollywood folks can tell a blue-collar story without being “patronizing.” He also talked about the adventure of shooting a film in Taiwan with the one and only Martin Scorsese, which he described as “pure bliss.”
Vanity Fair: Thanks for taking some time to chat. I understand you’re all the way in Australia.
Andrew Garfield: Yeah, I’m just kind of waking up. But yeah, very happy to be so far away from my life for a minute. It’s nice to, I don’t know, to feel a little removed while working.
Jimmy Kimmel Mean Tweets were featured across four nights during “Mean Tweets Week” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Jimmy had each celeberity come by to deliver Live Mean Tweets to the studio audience (Andrew turns up at the 2:47 mark).
“Is Andrew Garfield trying to do his utter best to look like a pedophile that lives in an RV.”
Anderew responded to the tweet with a simple “Yes.”
Thanks to Luciana at Jessica Chastain Network, we now have scans of Andrew Garfield from the latest issue (November) of Total Film UK, looking at the upcoming “99 Homes”.
Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” was number one Saturday night, taking the grand prize at the Deauville Film Festival.
The eviction drama stars Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon.
It’s the second film with star Shannon to take the top prize at the festival, following 2011’s “Take Shelter”. Shannon was in Deauville earlier in the week to present the film to festival audiences.
The jury was headed by French director Benoit Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen), with director Pascal Bonitzer (Made in Paris), actresses Louise Bourgoin(The Love Punch), Marie Gillain (Valentin Valentin) and Marthe Keller (The Witness), actor Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (Marseille), novelist Marc Dugain, director Sophie Filieres (If You Don’t, I Will) and Cesar-winning cinematographer Julien Hirsch (Lady Chatterly) joining him.
The second place jury prize went to Sean Baker’s “Tangerine”. The transgender drama has also been honored at Palm Springs and Karlovy Vary.
Back on August 31, Andrew Garfield attended the press conference for “99 Homes” prior to attending the LA Special Screening. High-quality images from the event are now up in the gallery.
Juggernaut status in full effect, Marvel has wasted no time in looking after Spider-Man. Lead actor and director locked down (well after the release date announcement, of course), Kevin Feige and co. are more than keen to show audiences their vision of Spidey after Sony’s not so well received “The Amazing Spider-Man” films. But as with the previous reboot, that leaves a creative team reeling after a half-decade or more of effort, and recently we learned the inner workings of that shift from one of the films’ key players.
Talking to us recently in Los Angeles while promoting Ramin Bahrani’s new film, “99 Homes” — his first (incredibly played) role away from Spider-Man since 2010’s “The Social Network” – actor Andrew Garfield spoke on his intense time in the comic book movie realm.
“With a film like [‘The Amazing Spider-Man’] there’s so much projection and expectation that is inherent in taking on a story and character like that,” he said. “I was well up for the challenge, and I still am. I’m not going to shy away from something that a lot of people are going to see. Fuck it, bring it on, life’s short.”
However, Garfield claimed that he does feel freer now in certain ways than he did doing the “Amazing Spider-Man” films. “The pressure to get it right, to please everyone — it’s not going to happen…You end up pleasing no one, or everyone just a little bit. Like, ‘Eh, that was good.’ [The films are] mass-marketed, ‘We want 50-year-old white men to love it, gay teenagers to love it, bigot homophobes in Middle America to love it, 11-year-old girls to love it.’ That’s canning Coke.”
He continued, “So that aspect of it was a bummer, sure. Especially for the group of us trying to infuse it with soul, trying to make it unique, something that was worth the price of entry. It was about authenticity, flavor, and truth, but at the same time, I understand people want to make a lot of money, and they’re going to spend a lot of money so the playpen can be as big as it was. I can’t live that way; it sounds like a prison, to be honest, living within those expectations.”
You can see Garfield next in “99 Homes” when it’s released September 25th, but keep an eye out for our full, wide-ranging conversation with the actor soon.
A new clip from “99 Homes” has been released, and can be watched in full below. “99 Homes” is set to be released on September 25 in both the US and UK.