Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Andrew Garfield Says TIFF Drama 'Breathe' Inspires 'More Laughter Than Crying'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Andrew Garfield Says TIFF Drama 'Breathe' Inspires 'More Laughter Than Crying'

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Lots of laughs in polio drama 'Breathe': Garfield

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TORONTO - Oscar-nominee Andrew Garfield says he laughed and cried when he read the script for his latest film, "Breathe," about a man afflicted with polio who is given three months to live.

Garfield stars alongside Golden Globe winner Claire Foy of "The Crown" in the real-life story of Robin Cavendish, who was diagnosed with polio at age of 28 in 1962.

Cavendish was paralyzed from the neck down and could breathe only with the help of a mechanical ventilator.

He refused doctors' orders that he remain in hospital and returned home -- which was unheard of at the time. He would go on to help invent a wheelchair with a built-in ventilator that restored his freedom.

Cavendish died in 1994, some 36 years after being told his condition was terminal. …

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