‘I was never Spi­der­man’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Amer­i­can ac­tor An­drew Garfield’s ca­reer, which in­cludes a Golden Globe win for a role in The So­cial Net­work (2010), took a turn for the worst, when the 33-year-old ac­tor was heav­ily crit­i­cised for his lack­lus­tre por­trayal of Peter Parker aka Spi­der Man in two films of the Amaz­ing Spi­der­man film fran­chise. Now, as the ac­tor re­turns with Martin Scors­ese’s Si­lence, the ac­tor ad­mits that play­ing the Mar­vel Comic Su­per­hero wasn’t per­haps his thing. “I al­ways say I was never Spi­der Man. But it was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me, as an ac­tor, and as a per­son. But as for now, I would just like to be a fan of su­per­hero films than act in one.”

Ask him if he has an opin­ion on Bol­ly­wood, af­ter work­ing with In­dian ac­tor Irrfan Khan in the film, and he says, “I am not very much ed­u­cated about Bol­ly­wood films, but I know that it is big and colour­ful. The world knows that. Irfan Khan was phe­nom­e­nal in Spi­der Man. I was im­me­di­ately in awe, when I saw the movie.”

Re­cently, Garfield joined Hol­ly­wood ac­tors, who have been vo­cal about their dis­taste of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. “My dis­like for Trump is pretty ev­i­dent,” he says. “I have been very vo­cal be­cause it does mat­ter to me. Trump is a man who is in­ter­ested only in him­self. He is nar­cis­sis­tic, grandiose and toxic. He’s a tyrant king whom we’ve just given all our power to... He’s the rich­est man in the grave­yard. This is my opin­ion about him. And a lot of peo­ple, who have a fol­low­ing, are mak­ing their voice heard about the mon­stros­ity that has taken over the US and the world as well and I to­tally com­mend and re­spect them and stand by them. Let’s hope for the best even in dark times.”

PHOTO: JONATHAN ALCORN/REUTERS

An­drew Garfield

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