Andrew Garfield has raised his flag in the method acting debate, saying that people who criticize the process don’t really get it.
Garfield appeared on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast (via Variety) and explained that method acting isn’t about mistreating other members of a production.
“[There’ve] There’s been a lot of misconceptions about what method acting is, I think,” Garfield said. “It’s not about being an asshole to everyone on set. It’s really just about living truthfully under imagined circumstances, while being really nice to the crew, and being a normal human being, and being able to drop it when you need to and stay in it when you want to stay in it.
The actor also said critics of method acting may not fully understand what goes into it, saying: “I don’t think you know what method acting is if you call it bullshit, or you’ve just worked with someone who claims a method. -to be an actor who doesn’t actually perform the method at all.”
Garfield himself has also detailed his approach to method acting for 2016’s Silence, where he played a 17th-century Jesuit priest. He prepared for the role by researching Catholicism, undergoing spiritual training, going celibate and fasting before filming, saying he had “pretty wild, trippy experiences starving myself of sex and to eat”.
There are plenty of examples of method acting, from tame implementations like Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst not talking to each other while filming The Power of the Dog, to more extreme examples like Jared Leto needing crutches for his bathroom breaks while on the set of Morbius. .
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