Actor Andrew Garfield took acting to another level when preparing for his role in Martin Scorsese’s 2016 film, “Silence.”
The film featured not one but two Star Wars actors: Liam Neeson and Adam Driver. Neeson played Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in the first prequel series film, “The Phantom Menace,” and recently made a guest appearance on the Disney+ live-action “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series. Driver appeared as Kylo Ren and the redeemed Ben Solo in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, which ran from 2015 to 2019.
All three actors took their roles in the movies seriously, with Garfield and Driver losing a lot of weight for their roles as priests. Although Driver has spoken about his version of the method game before, the ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ actor revealed that he went through a serious method to prepare for the role.
Andrew Garfield said he had ‘trippy experiences’ after ‘starving’ himself for sex and food
The Oscar-nominated film received critical acclaim and has an 83% critical rating on rotten tomatoes. The synopsis of the film says:
Two 17th-century Portuguese missionaries, Father Sebastian Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver), embark on a perilous journey to Japan to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson).
There, the two men tend to the Christian villagers who worship in secret. If captured by feudal lords or ruling samurai, they must renounce their faith or face a prolonged and gruesome death.
To prepare for his role in the historical drama, Garfield said he goes through several “spiritual practices” each day and is single for six months to prepare for the role.
On Monday’s episode of “WTF with Marc MaronPodcast, the ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ actor revealed, “I did a bunch of spiritual practices every day, created new rituals, was celibate for six months and fasted a lot.”
Although it may seem difficult for many people to keep up with for an extended period of time, the 39-year-old actor actually said the experience was “really cool.”
“That was very cool, man,” Garfield continued. “I had some pretty crazy, trippy experiences depriving myself of sex and food at that time.”
Garfield studied with a Jesuit writer to research Catholicism for the role
In addition to abstaining from food and sex, the ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ actor explained that he spent a year studying with a Jesuit writer named Father James Martin, 61, who he called both a “friend” and a “spiritual”. director.”
Martin is the one who helped ‘The Social Network’ actor research Catholicism and guided him through the spiritual exercises he performed daily to prepare for his role in the drama. Garfield explained that they used the same type of rituals that Konstantin Stanislavski used long ago to develop the method of action.
Although method play is a controversial practice, the “tick, tick…BOOM!” The star admitted he thinks there are a lot of “misconceptions” about what the method of action is.
“There’s been a lot of misconceptions about what method acting is, I think,” Garfield explained. “People always act that way, and it’s not about being a hole for everyone on set.”
He then went on to give his own definition of the acting method saying, “It’s really about living honestly in imaginary circumstances and being really nice to the crew simultaneously and being a normal human being and to be able to drop it when you need it and stay there. when you want to stay there.
Andrew Garfield gives up playing “for a bit”
After the success of the “Spider-Man” franchise, Garfield thinks it might be time to take a break from his career. In April he said Variety“I am going to rest a little bit.”
“I have to recalibrate and reconsider what I want to do next and who I want to be and just be a bit of a person for a while,” the Oscar nominee admitted. “Because, as you know, it’s a washing machine this awards season.”
“I just need to be a little ordinary for a while,” he added.
Fans can still catch Andrew Garfield in “Silence” on Epix, Amazon Prime, and Paramount+.