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Now, Hollywood may have a whole lot of secrets, but a whole lot of them are more of the high school variety than the 'take this to your grave' type - meaning everyone knows all about it, and talks about it behind that one kid's back. And if there's one open secret in Hollywood that's even more gaping and cave-like than the rest, there's a pretty good chance it's the one involving Andrew Garfield, Sony and (the Amazing) Spider-Man.

Specifically, the fact that Garfield by all accounts hated working on the Amazing Spider-Man movies, and had a horrifying working relationship with Sony by the end of what was, for him, a pretty fundamentally traumatic experience.

As it turns out, though...

Andrew Garfield Has Obviously Decided to Stop Keeping His Issues With the Movies a Secret (Even an Open One)

As he recently told The Independent, when asked about his time as Spider-Man:

"There were beautiful things about it and also privileged things about it which I struggled with and then some really disenchanting things that happened..."

Specifically, as he went on to explain:

"I started to feel the separation of myself from the world and from my community and it really hit me in a very sad and scary way, and I thought: ‘Oh f**k, I can’t live like this. I can’t be this thing that I’m being asked to be. Its just not real. If I chase that then I’m not being true to myself, and if I act as if I am somehow better, we all know that’s bullshit.’ I was really scared to be on some kind of forced pedestal. Thank god some people are smart enough to know the whole celebrity thing is a fallacy..."

Intriguingly, Garfield sees the root of a whole lot of those problems as being something very close to home:

"Hollywood is the epicentre of worldly values where a piece of art is judged, not on how many lives it touches or what change it makes, but as long as that film makes money. Only then is it a success. Or as long as that film gets awards then it’s a success, its worthy to be here."

Though his being very much jaded about the Hollywood experience hasn't made him cynical, it seems. Instead, he seems quietly determined to use the negative aspects of his experience to become a happier, more well-adjusted person:

"I feel lucky that I now have that awareness that something is damaging and can separate me from just being in the world, and I really want to be in the world even though it’s painful. I’d much rather be in the world than in some ivory tower somewhere."

Which... actually seems like a pretty smart response, if you ask me.

The big question, though...

What do you reckon?

via The Independent


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