Magazine article Variety

Andrew Garfield HACKSAW RIDGE; SILENCE & Amy Adams ARRIVAL; NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

Magazine article Variety

Andrew Garfield HACKSAW RIDGE; SILENCE & Amy Adams ARRIVAL; NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

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Amy Adams: Do you enjoy working in the "Spider-Man" universe?

Andrew Garfield: I'm loath to judge that experience and paint it as a whole. But there were great things about it. I got to work with incredible actors and a really great director. I was very young - 25, 26 - and I felt young. I'd only done a few films, and I was feeling in the right place. I felt guided into it, and I knew it was the right thing for me to do. I learned a lot about what feels good and what doesn't feel good and what to say yes to.

Adams: Like, the tight suits don't feel good.

Garfield: You're just scratching the surface.

Adams: I know; I understand.

Garfield: There's something about being that young in that kind of machinery that I think is really dangerous. I wasn't a teenager, but I was still young enough to struggle with the value system, I suppose, of corporate America.

Adams: You're doing something in service of something - the character is serving the story or serving a canon.

Garfield: Right.

Adams: That's the tricky thing with Lois Lane that I find. I love playing her, I love everyone I work with, but sometimes it's tricky because I feel she's in service of the story instead of the story serving a character. That can be tricky: When you show up and you really want to retain a character and you have to serve the story. Does that make sense? In a perfect universe, they all work together. I always want to service the story, but I want to feel supported in the character as well.

Garfield: There's something that happened with that experience for me where story and character were not actually top of the priority list, ultimately. And I found that really, really tricky. I signed up to serve the story and to serve this incredible character I'd been dressing as since I was 3. And then it gets compromised, and it breaks my heart. I got heartbroken a little bit.

Adams: I've signed on to things for one reason, and they've turned into something else, and it's always a little heartbreaking, because you have to let go of that ideal. It's kind of part of growing up - you have to mature through that.

Garfield: Tell me about how you prepared for "Arrival." And I just need to say, for the record, I was weeping, openly, throughout it. I found it to be so profound. It transcended going into a movie for me. It was something mysterious, what you did, and those are the performances that I feel forever inspired by.

Adams: Well, I will say in response to that compliment: Denis Villeneuve, the director, is so wonderful at allowing actors to live in a place where you feel safe. …

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