Andrew Garfield has defended method acting, insisting that it doesn’t mean actors need to be an abomination to those around them.
The 39-year-old Fantastic Spider man star admitted to using the sometimes controversial technique to play a Jesuit priest in Martin Scosese’s 2016 film Silenceand reveals that he starved himself of food and sex for six months.
Garfield told Marc Maron’s WTF podcast: “It was really cool, man. I had some pretty wild, trippy experiences from starving myself of sex and food at the time.
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“There [have] There have been many misconceptions about what method acting is, I think. People still act that way, and it’s not about being an a-hole to everyone on set.
“It’s really just about living truthfully in imagined circumstances, and being really nice to the crew at the same time, and being a normal human being, and being able to let it go when you need to and stay in it when you want to stay in it.”
The Spider-Man: No Way Home actor revealed he was inspired to try method acting after doing a screen test in 2005 with Ryan Gosling, for a film adaptation of Michael Chabon’s novel The Adventures of Kavalier and Claywhich was never made.
Garfield said of Gosling: “He was alive, he didn’t care about doing it the same way over and over again. He listened, he was very present, he was spontaneous, he was surprising, he didn’t try to be those things .
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“There was a Zen quality to it, but it was like being in a scene with a wild animal where you don’t know if he’s going to kiss you or kill you. And you get hooked into it and you’re like ‘ Oh, I’ll keep up with whatever it is.”
The Tick, tock… Boom! the star continued to study with Gosling’s acting coach Greta Seacat, and award-nominated roles in films including The social network and Hackshaw Ridge has followed.
Garfield said, “I’m kind of bothered by the misconception, I’m bothered by this idea that ‘method acting is fucking bulls**t.’
“No, I don’t think you know what method acting is if you call it bulls**t, or you just worked with someone who claims to be a method actor who doesn’t actually act method at all.”
He added: “It’s also very private. I don’t want people to see the damn pipes in my toilet. I don’t want them to see how I make the sausage.”
Garfield recently announced that he is taking a break from acting to “be a little normal” for a while.
He told Variety, “I’m going to rest a little bit. I have to calibrate and reevaluate what I want to do next and who I want to be and just be a little bit of a person for a while. Because as you know, it’s a washing machine, which premieres the season. “
His recent roles include starring as composer Jonathan Larson in Tick, Tick… Boom!, reprises his role as Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Way Home and appeared opposite Jessica Chastain in the biopic The eyes of Tammy Faye.
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He also starred in true crime drama TV miniseries Under The Banner Of Heaven with Sam Worthington and Daisy Edgar-Jones.