NYLON Guys June/July 2012 Cover: Andrew Garfield
In the course of two years, Andrew Garfield has gone from sidekick to bona fide Broadway star to one of the most iconic superheroes of all time. We recently sat down with the actor to chat about his epic role as Spider-Man and the effects of newfound fame. Click through to read an excerpt from our interview with the June/July 2012 NYLON Guys cover star.
On accepting the role of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man:
“The only downside to doing the movie was the profile — the scope, and the scale of it. That’s what I wasn’t interested in. I was interested in the character and being this boy that I’ve always dreamed of being, since I was three years old.”
On dealing with the exposure of such a high-profile part:
“The exposure that’s going to come with it doesn’t make me happy, and I’ve discovered that I do just want to be an actor — I don’t have any interest in being a movie star. I’m finding out where that distinction is.”
On the positive reviews he’s earned from critics for his role as Biff in Death of A Salesman:
“I haven’t read any,” he says. “That’s something I struggle with — the whole validation thing…we all need validation as human beings. We all need a pat on the back occasionally — like, the monkey gets a banana, or, ‘You’re doing all right, keep going.’”
On giving himself over entirely to the Broadway production:
“You have to…it’s more painful if you dont. Sometimes you can’t get there because you’re exhausted or you’re on steroids or your body is like, ‘No, no, no — I can’t go through this again right now.’ You’re putting your body through trauma every night, especially in a play like this, and your job is to convince your body that it’s true. And that’s thrilling — but it fucking kills you. All that I have is given to the stage.”
On trying to ignore much of the scrutiny and criticism:
“This is the problem with the Internet — we’re fucked. It’s fucked my generation. We’re all public now, everyone lives in public, even, like, 10-year-old girls getting bullied, getting called fat on YouTube. Gay boys committing suicide on college campuses. We’re all fucked. The Internet is a great platform for anonymous cruelty, and it allows us to express and exercise very dark impulses.”
Read the full story in the June/July 2012 issue of Nylon Guys, on stands now.
Interview: Luke Crisell
Photography: Cass Bird
Styling: J. Errico