Andrew Garfield attended the 17th Annual AFI Awards luncheon tonight, which honored their movies as some of the best from 2016 and he was there of course, to support two films, Hacksaw Ridge and Silence. He was joined by Martin Scorsese as well as Mel Gibson and co-stars Vince Vaughn and Luke Bracey. Make sure to check out the pictures in our gallery.
Andrew Garfield was photographed by Craig McDean for a session for W Magazine Best Performances of the Year issue.
“The majority of my process in playing a priest in Silence was praying. I’d never really prayed before, and I developed a relationship with a power greater than myself—call it God, call it love, call it what you will. It became very natural to me, and I realized that we’re all praying all the time. There’s that human impulse to worship and to long for a connection to the divine. Unfortunately, in our culture we are driven to worship things that are false and empty. I had a year of exploring this idea of what we are truly longing for and how we actually go to the places that can feed that longing. We all get glimpses of eternity every day. It’s just a question of whether we’re looking up from our iPhones long enough to notice.”
He also got deep with Lynn Hirschberg, from praying for a full year to prep for his role in Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” to realizing it really is a small world on a stoned trip to Disneyland.
Andrew Garfield attended the first public event of 2017, 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Andrew was the recipient of the Spotlight Award for his role in Hacksaw Ridge and also presented the Chairman’s Award which honored Amy Adams’s work in Arrival. You can check the pictures in our gallery.
A bunch of new Silence promotional stills have been added in our gallery. Make sure to check them out.
Andrew Garfield shared his thoughts on his eagerness to shed ‘Spider-Man’ tights for ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Silence’ for The Wrap magazine. Make sure to check the article and the pictures in our gallery
(I’m sorry again for the lack of updates, end of the year sucks).
“I have a pretty tremendous ego, and I struggle with it all the time,” Andrew Garfield said. “I think I wanted that [ego] to be destroyed, or pulverized at least. To surrender to the world as it is and not the world as I feel it should be.”
If pulverization and submission were what he wanted, that’s certainly what he got in Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” and Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge.” Coming at the end of a period in which the earnest 33-year-old actor briefly and uncomfortably donned a Spider-Man outfit, the two intense dramas share core themes of faith, service and men grappling with their respective callings — and they both put Garfield through the wringer, physically and emotionally.
In the former, Garfield plays a Portuguese Jesuit priest on a mission to rescue his mentor and spread the gospel in 17th-century Japan — a time and place when the regime tortured clergymen into apostasy, or a complete rejection of their Catholic faith. In the latter, Garfield takes on real-life hero Desmond Doss, the only conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, which he received for his heroic duty as a medic in World War II.
The parts are as big as they come (Garfield is in virtually every shot of the nearly three-hour “Silence”), and they grapple with the heaviest of existential woes. They also came to the actor as he waited patiently to swing out of his bubblegum gig playing Spider-Man, which he did in two big-budget films that came out in 2010 and 2014.
Andrew Garfield talks to Sam Jones from Off Camera about how finding the balance between fear, confidence, and vulnerability is essential to being an actor and artist, struggling with his self-worth as an actor and the moment he realized he needed to act despite his fears, celebrity culture and how society perceives storytellers as gods at the expense of the story.
“A fat guy sat on my back while I was doing splits, and I was looking for my mother in the group of mothers on the sidelines…I remember sitting there, watching all of these kids do cartwheels—it just looked terrible to me. I envisioned myself getting sick, and worried about what the other kids would think, and what it would be like to not have friends for the rest of my childhood. All of those thoughts were running through my head as I searched for my mother and couldn’t find her.”
The story of Garfield’s start in gymnastics sounded more like a recurring nightmare than what it was: just another day in the life of a nervous, emotional kid, who later turned those emotions into a brilliant and original acting career. For someone who’s described himself as overly sensitive and weary of fame, acting seems an odd, if not masochistic choice of profession. Or exactly the right one. Garfield’s early troubles containing his feelings became a trademark openness and vulnerability that had him landing the kind of roles that few actors are offered so early in their careers.
The 2017 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations have just been announced. Andrew and “Hacksaw Ridge” were both nominated. Congrats!
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“Captain America: Civil War”
The winners will be announced during the live ceremony on January 29, 2017. The show will air on both TNT and TBS.