Andrew Garfield defends the artwork of Method appearing

Andrew Garfield is an Actor with a capital A. And if there’s one factor Actors do, it’s defend appearing.

In a latest look on the “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast, the Oscar-nominated actor stood by the oft-maligned artwork of Method appearing.

“There [have] been a lot of misconceptions about what Method acting is, I think,” Garfield stated. “People are still acting in that way, and it’s not about being an a— to everyone on set. It’s actually just about living truthfully under imagined circumstances, and being really nice to the crew simultaneously, and being a normal human being, and being able to drop it when you need to and staying in it when you want to stay in it.”

Actors Brian Cox and Mads Mikkelson are among the many latest and vocal detractors of Method appearing. In a 2021 New Yorker profile on his “Succession” co-star Jeremy Robust, Cox lamenting “the crises he puts himself through in order to prepare.” And Mikkelson was essential of the observe in an April GQ profile, saying “it’s b—.”

However Garfield insisted that the observe’s picture has been damage by actors behaving badly and claiming it as Method.

“I’m kind of bothered by the misconception, I’m kind of bothered by this idea that ‘Method acting is f— b—.’ No, I don’t think you know what Method acting is if you’re calling it b—, or you just worked with someone who claims to be a Method actor who isn’t actually acting the Method at all,” the “Hacksaw Ridge” actor stated. “It’s also very private. I don’t want people to see the f— pipes of my toilet. I don’t want them to see how I’m making the sausage.”

The “Under the Banner of Heaven” star recalled using Method appearing in Martin Scorsese‘s 2016 religious drama “Silence,” in which Garfield played a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionary who ventures to Japan. For the role, Garfield studied Catholicism with renowned Jesuit priest Father James Martin and took special note of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.

“It’s principally a 31-day retreat that you just do the place you actively meditate on the lifetime of Jesus Christ and also you place your self, utilizing your creativeness, into each single stage and scene and second of the lifetime of Christ, from his inception to his resurrection,” Garfield stated. “It’s a transformational process. I had a relationship with an imagined Christ in my head by the time I had finished this retreat.”

That’s not the one factor he did to embody the lifetime of a priest.

“I had some pretty wild, trippy experiences,” Garfield added, “from starving myself of sex and food for that period of time.”

Garfield additionally highlighted different a number of acclaimed performances that carried out the Method strategy in seemingly non-problematic methods.

“You see [Al] Pacino in ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ … and you see someone who is following his impulses,” Garfield famous. “Every single impulse is raw, real and it’s vulnerable and it’s grotesque and it’s beautiful, it’s poetic.”

Talking on Robert De Niro‘s role in 1986’s “The Mission” Garfield stated, “Every single moment is so pure … a bunch of mysterious s— happens in his body, in his psyche.”