Andrew Garfield revealed that he deprived himself of sex and food to ace his role in the 2016 historical drama Silence. The star, who observed a six-month celibacy period for his gig as a 17th century Jesuit priest in the Martin Scorsese movie, also “did a bunch of spiritual practices every day.”
When asked about his experience with method acting, Garfield revealed that it was “very cool.” For him, it was a “wild” and “trippy experience” despite the mixed views of many fans.
Garfield was also proud to have studied under Father James Martin, whom he called a “friend and spiritual director.” The 61-year-old followed the Oscar nominee through his Catholic journey to help him prepare for the role. Garfield admitted he and Martin mimicked the Russian theatre practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski to perfect his method acting.
The Spider-Man star acknowledged that practicing method acting can be hard sometimes, and the many misconceptions around it don’t help the process.
“People are still acting in that way, and it’s not about being an a**hole to everyone on set,” he explained. “It’s actually just about living truthfully under imaginary circumstances and being really nice to the crew simultaneously and being a normal human being.”
Earlier this year, the actor said that he was eager to take a break from films, admitting he needs to “recalibrate” and reconsider what he wants to do next so he can get back to being “just be a bit of a person for a while.”
“I need to just be a bit ordinary for a while,” he simply stated.