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Andrew Garfield was just nominated for his first Oscar for his work in Hacksaw Ridge, but he already knows whom he’s bringing to the big show and shared with E! News.

“I think I’m going to bring my dad out,” Garfield tells me. “I think it’s something he’d love to share with me. It’s a big deal for him and he’s the one who made me fall in love with movies when I was a kid.”

Will there be a repeat of Garfield’s same-sex celebrity kissing at the Oscars à la his recent lip-locks with Ryan Reynolds and Stephen Colbert?

“It depends on who they sit me next to,” he said, laughing. “If they’re smart they’ll sit me next to someone that I’m attracted to.” And who would that be, Mr. Garfield? He laughed again, “In that room, I don’t think there are many misses.”

“It’s f–king crazy,” Garfield said when I note that his Oscar competition includes Denzel Washington. “What do I do? It’s that weird feeling of, ‘When are they going to find me out?'”

Also, Marc Malkin tries hard to get him to focus during an interview about Silence and he could’nt stop laughing. Check out:

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Andrew Garfield has been busy this past year, delivering performances in two of the year’s best movies, “Silence” and “Hacksaw Ridge.” The critical acclaim of his turn in the Mel Gibson-directed picture nabbed him an Oscar nomination Tuesday morning for best actor. Shortly after the announcement, Garfield spoke with The Times from London about the recognition:

Where are you now?

I’m in London rehearsing a play, “Angels in America,” at the National Theater on the South Bank in London. I just finished my first morning rehearsal and went to lunch at the canteen and my agent called me screaming. I kind of assumed it was a good scream.

This is your first Oscar nomination. How does it feel?

I’m still feeling it—I can’t describe it really. All actors, before they know they want to be actors, even people who aren’t actors, fantasize about winning an Oscar. The best thing that can happen is to have someone affected by the work you’re doing. I feel very deeply reassured that I’m on the trajectory that I’m supposed to be on. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be with my life at this point. If there was any doubt in my mind —and there’s always a lot — the academy members, whose opinion I value, seem to think I’m on the right track.

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Andrew Garfield Thinks Everyone Needs a Good Priest in Their Lives

The star of Hacksaw Ridge and Silence joins the Little Gold Men podcast to reveal how he found real Hollywood friends, how he survives the hubbub of awards season, and what Mel Gibson did to make his way back into the center of the industry.

He may not have taken the stage to win a statue for his nominated performance in Hacksaw Ridge, but Andrew Garfield had two moments at Sunday‘s Golden Globes that had everyone talking the next day. First there was the liplock, barely caught by the camera, he shared with Deadpool nominee Ryan Reynolds, just as Ryan Gosling took the stage for his own award. And then, when Gosling’s La La Land co-star Emma Stone won her own statue, Garfield was seen giving her a standing ovation—notable, given that Stone is his ex.

“We care about each other so much, and that’s a given, that’s kind of this unconditional thing,” he says on this week’s Little Gold Men podcast. “There’s so much love between us and so much respect [. . .] I’m her biggest fan as an artist. So for me, it’s been bliss to be able to watch her success and watch her bloom into the actress that she is. And it’s also been wonderful to have that kind of support for each other. It’s nothing but a beautiful thing.”

Garfield also tells hosts Mike Hogan, Richard Lawson, and Katey Rich about the various challenges of awards season and a life in Hollywood, where it’s very easy to “look for love in all the wrong places,” as Garfield puts it. Luckily, the guidance of everyone from Mike Nichols to Jonah Hill has helped him stay grounded. At the Golden Globes, he says, “I was overwhelmed that I had such sincere, authentic Hollywood friends. Which I don’t think is a common occurrence. I had about seven or eight real, true anchors in that room and in the parties following. Emma of course is one, Claire Foy is another, Laura Dern. Eddie Redmayne, Jonah Hill . . . these are people that I actually love in a real, sincere way, and I believe they love me back. I was just struck with this deep gratitude.”

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Silence is a novel about “the necessity of belief fighting the voice of experience,” as Scorsese has put it. To get the Jesuits’ beliefs right, he engaged the Rev. James Martin, an author and editor at large of the Jesuit weekly America. Filmmaker and priest had several colloquies at Scorsese’s home, and Martin worked intensively with Garfield and Driver. Just as De Niro learned to box for “Raging Bull,” they familiarized themselves with the rites and disciplines of the Jesuit priesthood to bring authenticity to their performances.

Garfield, known for his role in two “Spider-Man” movies, prepared to play Father Rodrigues by entering fully into the process that Jesuits call “spiritual direction.” Raised outside London, with a secular Jewish father, Garfield developed his character by undergoing the “Spiritual Exercises” of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order. The exercises, devised in the 1520s, invite the “exercitant” to use his imagination to place himself in the company of Jesus, at the foot of the cross, among tormented souls in hell. Garfield met with Martin for spiritual direction, and they swapped reflections via email and Skype. Then he set out for St. Beuno’s, a Jesuit house in Wales, to undertake a seven-day silent retreat.

“If I’d had 10 years, it wouldn’t have been enough to prepare for this role,” Garfield told me. “I got totally swept up in all things Jesuit and very taken with Jesuit spirituality. The preparation went on for nearly a year, and by the time we got to Taiwan, it was bursting out of me.”

It’s not unusual for performers to allude vaguely to their spirituality. But Garfield describes the process with guileless specificity. “On retreat, you enter into your imagination to accompany Jesus through his life from his conception to his crucifixion and resurrection. You are walking, talking, praying with Jesus, suffering with him. And it’s devastating to see someone who has been your friend, whom you love, be so brutalized.” Before Garfield left for Taiwan, Martin gave him a cross he had received as a gift while a Jesuit novice.

“Andrew got to the point where he could out-Jesuit a Jesuit,” Martin told me. “There were places in the script where he would stop and say, ‘A Jesuit wouldn’t say that,’ and we would come up with something else.”

“I don’t think I am called to be a priest,” Garfield said to me resolutely, as if making this film had spurred him to consider the prospect. “But I had the feeling that I was being called to something: called to work with one of the great directors, and called to this role as something I had to pursue for my spiritual development.”

A.O. Scott, now a chief film critic for The New York Times, once wrote that Scorsese approaches filmmaking as “a priestly avocation, a set of spiritual exercises embedded in technical problems.” So it was with “Silence.” “Marty insists on having silence on the set,” Garfield told me. “The silence says: ‘Something is happening here.’?” Scorsese arranged the shooting script chronologically, so the cast could feel the characters’ emotions in sequence. Finally Garfield reached the scene in which Rodrigues steps on the fumie, profaning the God he believes in and renouncing the faith he has come halfway across the world to preach. Actor and director prepared the shot: a bare foot pressed to a piece of copper, the face of Christ worn smooth by the feet of countless apostates before him. “It’s something we had both waited for,” Garfield said, “but Marty had waited much longer — he had waited decades to film that scene.” The director was ready; the priest stepped — and then there was a technical difficulty. “I almost lost my mind, and I think Marty did, too,” Garfield recalled. “He wanted it to be done in one take.” There was a second take, and the priest profaned the image of Christ once and for all.

Before it opens in New York and Los Angeles in December, Silence will be screened in Rome for several hundred Jesuits and for cinephiles at the Vatican.


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Andrew for Vogue December Issue

Andrew is on an article on Vogue December issue and we’ve got a new interview. Check out the picture featured and the article below.

Hanging up his Spider-Man spandex, Andrew Garf?eld reveals new depths playing heroic men of faith in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese’s Silence.

Behind the mask of every movie superhero you’ll find a serious actor yearning to peel it off. Although Andrew Garfield was a very good Spider-Man and Spider-Man was very good to him—making him world-famous and, as they say, bankable—the 33-year-old Londoner happily abandoned the red-and-blue spandex in search of something more satisfying. “There was something that made me go, I want to be training in a different way now,” he tells me over bites of curry at Café Gratitude in Venice, California. “I want to play at the feet of the masters.”

He got his wish, with starring roles in two of the holiday season’s most ambitious films. In Mel Gibson’s epic war movie Hacksaw Ridge, Garfield gives a stirring, bighearted turn as the real-life Desmond T. Doss, a country-boy Seventh-day Adventist who, though a committed pacifist and vegetarian, serves as an army medic during World War II. “He’s like Ferdinand the Bull, in that old Disney cartoon: The matador is trying to show him the red flag, and Ferdinand is just sniffing the flowers,” says Garfield. In Silence, Martin Scorsese’s meticulous adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s classic novel about Jesuit priests in a hostile seventeenth-century Japan, Garfield plays Father Sebastião Rodrigues, a Portuguese Jesuit who, along with a comrade (Adam Driver), faces torture, death, and a crisis of faith as they search for their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). It takes us back to a time when Catholic saints were, Garfield says, “the Kanye Wests of their day.”

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Andrew Swings Into Oscar Season with Hacksaw Ridge and Silence

Over the next few months, Andrew Garfield stars as a World War II conscientious objector in Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” (out in theaters now) and a Jesuit missionary in Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” (Dec. 23) — two roles that wore the actor down, tested his faith, and could potentially net him an Oscar nomination.

When box office returns swung downward, Sony re-rebooted its most lucrative superhero…without Garfield. But the 33-year-old actor found that working with Gibson and Scorsese was the salve he needed. “After Spider-Man, there was a longing for balance,” Garfield says. “I wanted to do something that was very soul-searching. These two characters [in Hacksaw Ridge and Silence] have a golden light around them in some way that’s challenged massively.”

In Hacksaw, Garfield plays real-life hero Desmond Doss, a WWII medic and Seventh-day Adventist who believed it was his duty to join the Army, but his faith dictated that engaging in war is a sin. So he refused to carry a weapon, even when the military tried to force him to. He was awarded the Medal of Honor after he carried 75 men to safety while under heavy attack from a barrage of artillery, mortar, and machine-gun fire from Japanese soldiers. “It’s a remarkable thing to see a person remain true to themselves,” Garfield says. “I think of Hillary Clinton right now, how she is just standing there accepting the slings and arrows and ducking underneath, getting stung, but standing like a tree in the middle of a tsunami. There’s something beautiful about that. Something inspiring about weathering that kind of storm.”

Gibson cast Garfield after seeing his performance in The Social Network. “He didn’t say a lot [in the film],” Gibson says. “But he has this minimalism that enables him to express volumes without language. You can see his heart and soul operating through his eyes. He’s very soulful. He’s a seeker.” Garfield’s quest to connect to his character took him to Doss’ late-life home of Chattanooga, Tenn. Doss died in 2006, but the actor spent time on his property, in his workshop, and at his grave site.

Garfield’s Hacksaw regime was child’s play compared with the yearlong prep he did for Silence, for which he trained with a Jesuit priest in New York, participating in the intense spiritual exercises required to become a member of the order. Garfield then spent close to six months in Taiwan, eating and speaking very little. The film, a 30-year passion project for Scorsese, traces the plight of a 17th-century Jesuit missionary who returns to Japan to minister despite Christianity being outlawed. The role required Garfield to be alone on camera most of the time (and away from cast members Liam Neeson and Adam Driver). “The movie feels like a prayer,” Garfield says. “I really dove into what a life of faith is and what a life of faith can be. It’s always been something I’ve longed for in my life. I’m drawn to anything that fills me up.”

A version of this article appears in Entertainment Weekly issue #1439, on newsstands now.


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Martin Scorsese Says ‘Silence’ Will Be Ready for Release This Year

Showbiz 411 – The Oscar race for 2017 may be getting a new contender.

Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese says his “Silence” will be golden for an end of year release. “It depends on Paramount,” he told me last night at Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday party.

“Silence” is a passion project for the “Goodfellas” director. It stars Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Ciaran Hinds and Adam Driver, based on a novel by Shûsaku Endô. The movie was so hard to put together it has 25 names listed as producers or executive producers.

“Silence” is described in Wikipedia as “a 1966 novel of historical fiction by Japanese author Sh?saku End?. It is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan, who endures persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan (“Hidden Christians”) that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.”

As for Paramount, they have “Silence” tentatively penciled in for November or December. But a firm date is still to come. Scorsese told me he’ll be done with scoring in October, and regular people will start to see the movie then.

So throw “Silence” into the ring with Birth of a Nation, Rules Don’t Apply, Queen of Katwe, Sully, The Founder, Fences, and a bunch of other films no one’s seen yet (like LaLa Land, and so on). Why not? So far in 2016, on August 4th, we otherwise have zilch in our checkout basket for the Academy Awards. Nothing like waiting til the last minute.