I first came across Andrew Garfeild in 2010 while watching The Social Network. I thought he was absolutely brilliant in that film and have followed his career closely since. I belong to the group that really loved his portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man and believe he deserved better than the movies he got. In an ideal world, the Spider-Man rights sharing agreement between Sony and Marvel happened a lot sooner and we got to see Andrew Garfield portray the wall crawler alongside Robert Downey Junior and all the Chris's in the Marvel Cinematic Universe right from the beginning. Unfortunately, that'll never be and for now lets hope for the best from Tom Holland and also take a closer look at Andrew, who turns 32 today!
3) He has excelled on stage
Like many big screen actors before him, Andrew Garfield has taken a crack at Broadway. What sets him apart is that he was actually really good at it. In 2012, he portrayed Biff Lofman in the classic award winning play, Death of a Salesman. His performance received much acclaim that included Tony and Outer Critic's Circle award nominations for "Best Featured Actor in a Play", along with a Drama League award nomination for "Distinguished Performance." He also had the privilege of sharing the stage with the late and beloved Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Hollywood Reporter said of his performance: "Garfield deserves plaudits for tackling and acing this challenging role, smartly demonstrating his impressive dramatic range before slipping into superhero mode" and countless critics agreed.
2) His next films are going to be great
It's bad news for an actor when the franchise they're the face of gets abruptly cancelled and all sequels are called off. And if anyone else were in Andrew's shoes, their career might have hit a minor bump. However, if there's one thing that was admitted to by most critics and a fair amount of audiences, it was that Andrew did a good job and was among the best things about the new Spider-Man movies. Thus, it should come as no surprise that his career only seems to be progressing upwards.
His next film 99 Homes, in which he co-stars with Michael Shannon and Laura Dern, is slated for theatrical release in September this year. It had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014. Later, at the Venice Film Festival, it picked up awards for "Honorable Mention" and "Young Jury Members - Best Film". It's currently rated at 95% on RottenTomatoes.
And oh, he's going to follow that up with a leading role in the none other than Martin Scorsese's next project, Silence - a historic drama based on the novel of the same name. The film is to be released in 2016. He lost 40 pounds for his role and there has been slight early buzz of him being a potential awards contender next year.
1) He is a true Spider-Man fan
All right, this one might seem a little anti-climatic since it's well known that Andrew Garfeild was a huge fan before he got to play the part. But what a lot of people don't know is the extent that this goes to and how it led to some coincidental foreshadowing. Following is an excerpt from an interview between Andrew Garfield and Toby Maguire before the release of The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012:
"I (Andrew) was 19 when I saw [Spider-Man]. I got a pirated DVD at Portobello Market with my friend Terry McGuiness, and we went back to my skanky apartment in North London and we watched it twice in a row and then practiced your (Tobey's) final line in the mirror!… Terry has this thick accent and every time I would recite that line he would laugh this very distinct laugh and say, ‘No, man, you could never be fucking Spider-Man. You’ll never be fucking Spider-Man!’ I was so humiliated and upset. But, um…fuck you, Terry!"
If you're a fan of superheroes yourself, how many times have you recited the lines of your favourite characters? Doing so makes you no different than Andrew Garfield himself, and if that story isn't the perfect example of anything being possible and dreams coming true then I don't know what is. Another time that Andrew the fan came out was when he made his first appearance at comic-con. If you haven't already seen this, do yourself a favour and please watch it:
"I always wanted to come to comic-con as a fan, and here I am, as a fan." Any doubts regarding whether he'd do the iconic character justice were put to rest on this day, as fans everywhere took a collective sigh of relief as we realized that Andrew was one of us, and he would do us proud.
Andrew Garfield has been winning praise and appreciation for his acting skills since he was no more than a child actor. I believe he's evolved into one of the industry's most promising stars and will definitely prove that he's here to stay with his upcoming projects. Here's wishing him a very happy birthday!