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Andrew Garfield Says Method Acting Critics ‘Have No Idea What It Even Is’

The actor said method acting isn’t about “as an ahole to everyone on set.”

Andrew Garfield has planted his flag in the technique acting debate, saying individuals who criticize the procedure don’t truly understand it.

Appearing on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast (via Variety), Garfield explained that method acting isn’t about mistreating other members of a production.

[There’ve] been lots of misconceptions in what method acting is, I believe, Garfield said. Its not about as an ahole to everyone on set. Its really just about living truthfully under imagined circumstances, and being really nice to the crew simultaneously, and being truly a normal individual, and having the ability to drop it if you want to and residing in it when you wish in which to stay it.

The actor also said critics of method acting might not have a complete knowledge of what switches into it, saying “I dont think guess what happens method acting is if youre calling it bullsh*t, or you’ve just caused somebody who claims to be always a method actor that isnt actually acting the technique at all.”

Garfield himself also detailed his method of 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, and going celibate and fasting before filming, saying he “had some pretty wild, trippy experiences from starving myself of sex and food.

There are many types of method acting, from tame implementations like Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst not talking with one another while filming THE ENERGY of your dog, to more extreme examples like Jared Leto requiring crutches for his bathroom breaks while on the group of Morbius.

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Earlier this season, some actors began speaking out against method acting. Mads Mikkelsen called the practice “pretentious”, Will Poulter said method acting can be used being an excuse for inappropriate behavior, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Pattinson, and Martin Freeman also have weighed in. Stranger Things actor David Harbour also recently criticized method acting, calling the practice “dangerous” and “silly”.

Garfield also recently made a decision to have a break from acting following a busy stretch where he appeared in Spider-Man: NO CHANCE Home, Tick, Tick… Boom!, Beneath the Banner of Heaven, and much more. When he does eventually go back to our screens, there are always a ton of fans that could want to see him in The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

Logan Plant is really a freelance writer for IGN. You will find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.


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