When we asked fans for questions for Andrew Garfield, the response was overwhelming, so we tried to ask him as many as we could in 99 seconds!
Why 99? Garfield stars in the upcoming thriller 99 Homes as Dennis Nash, a father who is desperately trying to get his house back after his family is evicted.
While a minute and 39 seconds is never enough time to chat with the 31-year-old actor, we were able to find out about his role through the questions that fans sent us on Twitter.
The inspiration behind his character comes from what he wants in life. “I have a longing to be a father myself. Being a dad is something I’d to be at some point,” he admitted.
As for his American accent in the movie, it’s not as hard for him as you may think. “My father is American. I’ve had his accent in my ear all my life,” he said. (Garfield was born in Los Angeles.)
It’s also not too difficult for him to play a man with handyman skills.
“I do a little bit of carpentry,” he shared. “I make things out of wood with my hands, and it’s something that’s in my family history.”
Family is part of “home” for him, but the meaning of the word isn’t just “those you love.” It’s “those that you don’t love that you have to find home with,” he said.
99 Homes hits theaters on Sept. 25.
The actor sat down with Marlow Stern at the Toronto Film Festival to discuss his latest, 99 Homes—a commentary on the housing crisis, the 99 percent, and greed.
“You look like the Unabomber.” Those are the first words that slip out of my mouth when I greet Andrew Garfield at a hotel suite in Downtown Toronto. The typically fresh-faced, photogenic 31-year-old actor is sporting a bushy, unkempt, downright Biblical-looking beard. It is, he says, for a role as a 17th century priest in the upcoming Martin Scorsese film Silence, which is in pre-production. He’ll star opposite Liam Neeson and Adam Driver as a trio of bible-thumpers who travel to Japan to spread the gospel.
But the man otherwise known as Peter Parker/Spider-Man is here at the Toronto Film Festival to unveil his latest film, 99 Homes. Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, the movie centers on Dennis Nash (Garfield), a carpenter-father who, after being evicted from his home, chooses to disregard his moral compass and work for the rapacious real-estate broker (Michael Shannon) who had him evicted in order to reclaim his house. The foreclosure-drama is a fascinating study of greed and class warfare, boasting excellent turns by Garfield and Shannon.
Unruly beard aside, Garfield is a surprisingly introspective fella—which perhaps explains the complex characters he chooses to tackle onscreen, from a reformed killer in Boy A to the Abel to Mark Zuckerberg’s Cain in The Social Network to the aforementioned web-slinger.
What attracted you to 99 Homes? I understand you have dual citizenship, but it’s a pretty American story.
I think it’s a Western, capitalist story where people are being treated like figures on a page and not being recognized as flesh and blood and noble, as we all are. The situation that Dennis Nash finds himself in, and that we all find ourselves in in this culture right now, is that our nobility is not being seen, encouraged, or revered. We’re all very, very separate, and all hungry animals terrified of not eating. The post-Industrial Revolution capitalist system was set up with the best of intentions, but it’s been morphed, taken apart, and put back together until a handful of people are billionaires and the rest are struggling. There was some healing that had to be done in my family and with me being a man in this system.
TORONTOSUN.COM – Will Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man be swinging his way into the upcoming Sinister Six movie? The answer to that question depends on how you read between the webs.
In Toronto for the Canadian premiere of the mortgage crisis drama 99 Homes at the Toronto International Film Festival, a bearded and contemplative Garfield gently deflected a question about 2016’s The Sinister Six, which will focus on the wall-crawler’s most infamous villains. The bad guy spinoff is being written and directed by Drew Goddard, who was behind the 2012 comedy-horror The Cabin in the Woods.
Sony Pictures recently announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be pushed back to a 2018 release, with The Sinister Six (and possibly a separate spinoff focused on the Spider-Man villain Venom) coming to theatres first.
But how do you have Spider-Man villains without Spider-Man?
“I know more than I’m allowed to say right now,” Garfield told us.
“I can say I’m really excited about Drew Goddard, who’s going to be writing and directing The Sinister Six movie. And whether I’m involved in that or not is kind of immaterial.”
Erm, Spider-fans may beg to differ on the immaterial part…
“I don’t know if I should say anything right now. But Drew is really exciting. Did you see Cabin in the Woods? Did you like it?”
We did see it and we did like it, although we wish we’d known less about the movie going in, as it would have heightened the surprises and twists.
“Exactly,” Garfield said with a grin. “Hence, me not telling you s— about that.”
Spin your own conclusions, true believers.