Monday, 30 May 2011

Pictures from "The Overwhelming" (2006)

Here are some stills from Andrew's performance of "The Overwhelming" by J.T Rogers.

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The Overwhelming (2006)

I recently procured a theatre programme from Out of Joint theatre company's production of J.T. Rogers' "The Overwhelming" (a play about an author uprooting his family and moving his family to Rwanda to write a book, and becoming embroiled in the conflict there.

This particular production toured throughout the UK September/October 2006, starring Matthew Marsh (Spooks) as Jack Exley, the patriarch of the family, and none other than Andrew Garfield as Geoffrey Exley, Jack's son.


Even in his theatre work, Andrew was considered as an emerging new talent with masses of potential, to which these reviews here clearly attest:

Chris High - Reviews

British Theatre Guide - Review

Don't forget to vote for Andrew!

The MTV Movie Awards are this Sunday at 9pm EST (but not until 9pm GMT on MONDAY in the UK - GAH!) and Andrew is up for Best Breakout Star!

Here's why:



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Don't forget to vote!! - Best Breakout Star

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Sunday Times "Culture" NLMG Interview - Andrew & Kazuo Ishiguro (2011)

Andrew Garfield and writer of the novel "Never Let Me Go", Kazuo Ishiguro, met in a London hotel and talked about the film, with interviewer Ryan Gilbey.


Never Let Me Go

Author Kazuo Ishiguro talks to star Andrew Garfield about taking on the male lead of his novel. ‘You’re not how I saw him at all,’ he says.


One autumn evening, two people meet in a London hotel to discuss a film that is special to both of them. The movie is Never Let Me Go. The men seated at opposite ends of an oatmeal sofa are the 56-year-old Kazuo Ishiguro, who wrote the original novel, and Andrew Garfield, the 27-year-old actor acclaimed for Boy A and The Social Network, and recently cast as the next Spider-Man. Never Let Me Go concerns Tommy (Garfield), Kathy (Carey Mulligan) and Ruth (Keira Knightley), friends educated at the elite Hailsham boarding school, who are struggling, as young adults, to make sense of life in the outside world. In fact, young adults is all they will ever be. As the film reveals almost immediately, Hailsham’s pupils are clones, created expressly for the purpose of organ donation. None will survive much past their late twenties. There might, however, be a loophole...
Outwardly, the writer and the actor appear to have little in common. Ishiguro speaks with a considered eloquence laced with curiosity. He is dressed entirely in black and sits with one leg crossed over the other. Garfield, on the other hand, has the demeanour of an excitable undergraduate. He is wearing a checked shirt over a red T-shirt, jeans, stripy socks and blue deck shoes, and his thick brown hair is gathered into a makeshift quiff; he is hunched over a bowl of linguine as we talk. The men share a biographical connection — Ishiguro’s family upped sticks from Nagasaki to Surrey when he was five, while the Garfield clan moved from Los Angeles to the same county when the actor was three. Here, they discover what else they have in common.
AG: Were you consulted about the casting of Never Let Me Go?
KI: Yes and no. If you're the author of a book, it's really a strange position when there's a film. The film-makers think you have to be consulted on casting. On the other hand they don't really want you to interfere at all. I was always kept informed. I never wanted to interfere.
AG: It's funny you saw it as interference. That's a strange perspective for an author.
KI: I think it's the right perspective. I've been a screenwriter as well and I can see it from the film-makers' point of view. They have to be allowed to make their film without the author saying, "That's not quite the way I pictured the person..." In fact, physically, you're not the way I pictured Tommy at all.
AG: How did you picture him?
KI: I pictured Tommy as much chubbier, chunkier. I saw him as a bit more like Wayne Rooney. But what's important is the essence, and you more than captured the essence. When I saw an early version of the film, I was having revelations about the characters because of the way you and Carey and Keira played them. You all found something a little bit extra.
AG: For you to write that on the Tube posters would reassure a great percentage of people who are fans of the book.
KI: I often think people worry about this far too much anyway.
AG: It's like people who sit in the theatre with the Shakespeare text in their lap. 'Oh they cut that... I liked that line.'
KI: I started off as a songwriter. If you write a song, you might do your own version, but it's a real dream to have great artists do cover versions and find new things in it. There's nothing more exhilarating than when it really works. I think I understood more about one aspect of Tommy after seeing your performance, which I didn't appreciate beofre - how reluctant he is to let go of the idea that hte world around him is benevolent, despite all the evidence to the contrary. He belives someone is out there looking for him.
AG: We all have that trust, don't we? Otherwise we'd just lie down in bed and wait.
RG: Having written Never Let Me Go, were you able to get lost in it as a film?
KI: Almost immediately. That shows the real authority of the performances - that even the person who wrote the novel is wondering what's going to happen, or is worried for the characters.
RG: Are there different responsibilities involved, Andrew, in playing a fictional character such as Tommy and a real person such as Eduardo in The Social Network?
AG: At the risk of sounding earnest, you treat every character you're playing s if they were real. And that did sound very earnest! If the character is well written, there's no option apart from treating them as flesh and blood. With Eduardo, he exists, so I didn't have to trick myself into feeling like he was a real person.
RG: Were you aware of Kazuo's novel before?
AG: Yes - but I hadn't read it. I read the script and the novel simultaneously and. gosh. It's like you've been stabbed in the back from the first line, but you don't realise it until the last 20 oagees. It stays with you and upsets you. You wake up in the morning and you feel okay, then you remember Kazuo's novel and you go, "Oh, God...." [laughter] When did you become aware of your own mortality in a visceral way?
KI: I still don't know if I believe that I'm going to die. I know. intellectually, tht all of us in this room will not be here at a certtain time. What's interesting is this thing about understanding and not understanding. I feel that's how we all are about death. Children, from a fairly early age, learn that people die, but they don't really deeply understand it. For me, the point of Never Let Me Go isn't to say, "Look folks, we're all going to die, just wanted to remind you!" It's more, given that we only have limited time, how should we use it? What's actually important? That's one of the thinks all of you in the film portray really well. The characters come across as decent people.
AG: That's what you wrote.
KI: But think of Ruth. In many ways, she could come across as the villain of the piece, but Keira gives such a subtle performance that younreally see how much it matters to her, in the emnd, that she does the right thing. Inn that sense, I think we're offering a fairly optimistic story. How the characters behave to each other provides an optimistic view of human nature. What they really care about is each other, and if they've done something wrong, they want to apologise and put it right.
For me this whole thing started with Alex Garland [the screenwriter of Never Let Me Go], who's been a friend of mine for a long time. We live near each other and, since he published The Beach, we've met for lunch probably every two months. In a funny sort of way, Alex inspired the writing process of Never Let Me Go without quite realising it. We talked a lot about sci-fi and graphic novels. Now as the whole world knows, you're going to be the new Spider-Man. Do you have a particular interest in the world of graphic novels?
AG: I'm inundated right now with this one particular character. But I've always been a huge comics fan. It was alwas Spider-Man for me. I think they are our Greek mythology, our fairy tales.
KI: My generation of literary novelists, we probably had a prejudice against sci-fi as a genre. We hadn't really paid much attention to it, apart from when it turns into 1984 or something. People who are 15 or 20 years younger than me, they seem to embrace that kind of stuff. That had an influence on me, and it gave me permission to give Never Let Me Go what you might call a sci-fi dimension. I probably wouldn't have done it a few years earlier. I think I learnt a lot from my younger counterparts. I could see how brilliantly they used it. I thought, "There's this whole thing we're not using."
There's something else I wanted to ask you, Andrew. Alex and I were discussing whether or not there's a new style of acting among the British actors of your generation. It seems less based around the spoken word. Alex came up with a very interesting theory, and I probably shouldn't speak for him, but he suggested maybe it's the Big Brother reality-TV generation - they're so aware how much impact you can make without obviously verbalising and shouting. In the early days of reality TV, people tried to dominate by doing loud things, and they'd get kicked off the show very rapidly. And people learnt that you can often dominate a scene quietly by sitting in the background and using posture and movement. I feel your style is less verbal. In so many of your great moments, you're not speaking.
AG: What I was taught at drama school is that you only speak to lie - whats going on inside is never fully reflected outside. I've been lucky enought to walk onto so many nurturing and loving sets, this one being one of them. Everything was set up so we could be creative and free. There's never enough time for actors on a film set. There never is. Because we're never satisfied, and why should we be? But we were not treated like pieces of furniture, which I think an actor feels he or she is a lot of time. There's a collective sense that anyone can be an actor if they tried. On the one hand, it's a democratic profession because of that, which means everyone can give it a shot, but the flipside is that it becomes something I feel has lost its weight. You can dismiss someone as an actor, and maybe that person won't work on their craft because people dont take acting so seriously.
RG: What you're saying is that acting's hard work, right?
AH: It's impossible. Acting is impossible. Creating a performance is impossible. Creating a performance that's good is impossible. I will never, ever create a performance that's good. I know that. I will never be able to watch myself and feel happy with what I've done. It's constant striving. I think great actors can be artists, and I'm sure you feel the same way with ytour novels.
KI: We have that in common. If we were violin players or pianists, whatever people thought of us, they would at least accept that we've actually mastered some technical ability. But I use written words, and you use the stuff we're made up of, and there is this illusion that anyone can do it.
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From The Sunday Times Culture Magazine, 23/01/11

Spider-Man Art

Absolutely LOVE this artist's rendition of Andrew as Spider-Man, by Annie Wu

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Interview with The Guardian (2008)

As I am sitting watching this year's British Academy Television Awards, here is a post- 2008-BAFTA-win interview with The Guardian



Mad about the boy

On Sunday, Andrew Garfield won the best actor Bafta for his powerful performance in Channel 4's Boy A. But, as Chrissy Iley discovers, it will be a while before he is able to relax into the acting experience
Last year's Channel 4 drama Boy A was television at its most painful and compulsive: a portrait of a young man who, egged on by a schoolfriend, had committed a brutal murder as a child. Andrew Garfield's performance as the 23-year-old, released from prison and struggling to adjust to a new life with a new identity, is rare and mesmerising. The character's fragility, his inner turmoil and angst are on the surface: you feel everything.

Read the rest of the article HERE

Video Profile of Andrew Garfield...

I think that the term should be used very loosely - this is quite possibly THE shortest video EVER profiling someone's career.... the only reason I'm actually posting it is because it has the video of Andrew and Jesse meeting up in NYC.

Now at this point I will point out that I am (usually) vehemently anti-paparazzi. And I tend not to post pictures that are papped. BUT I am making an exception in this case because:

1) It's Eisenfield
2) It's too delicious
3) They are not being hassled or upset by the paps, so ~ in this case ~ I will allow it. I know I can't always allow this to be the rule and I won't, but just this time.

However, generally speaking, pants video. I just keep watching that bit over and over! (It's at 40s!)

Cleeeeeeeeek -----> Spider-Man: Video Profile of Andrew Garfield

Friday, 20 May 2011

ShortList Magazine Interview (2010)

Great interview in two parts with ShortList magazine. This one had me laughing out loud!! Hope you enjoy. (ShortList is a UK magazine)


FROM SOCIAL NETWORKS TO SPIDER-MEN

An exclusive chat with Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield is about to kick down the door to the A-List only bathroom and wash his hands in the warm water of fame. He stars in The Social Network as Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg's ex-best friend Eduardo Saverin, and is about to swing onto our screens as the new Spider-Man. That's why Andrew Dickens made his way to LA to meet him.
So, great film, I assume you’re very pleased with it…
“I haven’t seen it.”
Oh. Well it’s very good.
“Doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter. That’s part of my ethos behind not seeing it. I’m trying to deal with the fact that some people might not like things. In theatre I haven’t been able to watch things back, but with film, I’d get so excited because I thought I can finally enjoy something I’m in. But every time all I can see is the holes in my performance and not the cheese. I’m not aware of any cheese. I’m trying to protect myself by not watching any more and letting go, not getting caught up in what people think. It’s really difficult to do!”
That’s going to make this interview a lot harder.
“Sorry!”
Read more here and here

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

EW Interview with the cast of The Social Network

There are five parts to this interview, and all can be found HERE but I am only posting the ones with Andrew speaking in because.... well let's just say, they're kinda cutting it fast and loose with the word "Entertainment" in the first part. Just my opinion!!

Anyway here are the parts I wanted to post on my blog. You now know where to find the rest!

Part 2 of 5


Part 3 of 5


Part 4 of 5


Part 5 of 5


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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Gorgeous Picture from the Spider-Man Casting Announcement (Cancun, July 2010)


Photo by Santiago Gonzales Sanchez – © 2010 Columbia Tristar Marketing Group

Boy A Clip "Jack tripping out on E" (2007) *spoilers mentioned*

Quite possibly one of the best moments in "Boy A" when Jack's friend gives him an E and after unsuccessfully trying to throw it back up, he gives in and goes with the flow. Spazzing ensues!

A true testament to Andrew that he just let himself completely go:



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Fan-made Andrew/Spider-Man Video (2011)

Here's a short, but well put together fan-made video celebrating Andrew in his new role!!



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Interview with ReelRave for Never Let Me Go (2010)

Not much more to add to the title here except.... mmmmm buzzcut Andrew...



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Never Let Me Go interview (2010)

Andrew gives an interview about Never Let Me Go, as well as giving us a little insight into his career!

All this WHILST eating his breakfast.

Love how he's totally comfortable talking with his mouth full... such a British thing!! Now, enjoy. I will be staring at that point where his shirt is gaping for the next 8 minutes...



Randomly though, it cuts off halfway through the interview (the source appears to be quite good at that)

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Monday, 16 May 2011

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Andrew talks to Movies Ireland (Oct 2010)

Andrew talks about Eduardo, and about privacy in this video from last October.



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Interview Magazine (2010)

Andrew was interviewed by Terry Gilliam for Interview Magazine, in 2010.



Among the throngs of young British actors-made-good, there is something that sets Andrew Garfield apart—and it’s not the fact that he was born in Los Angeles, although that may not be entirely unrelated. Garfield’s distinguishing trait is distinctly un-British-actorly: that despite his prodigious drama schooling, stage training, and Anglo affinity for mining the “underneath” of things, it isn’t all about Olivier and the Bard for him. He still likes to stick his finger in a socket if the opportunity presents itself. It’s an instinct, or maybe even a propensity, that has apparently served the 27-year-old Garfield well thus far in his young career as a movie actor, which has included eye-opening turns as an ex-con in John Crowley’s acclaimed British indieBoy A (2007), as a student unengaged with the war in Iraq in Robert Redford’s Lions for Lambs(2007), as a sleight-of-hand artist in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, as a robot in love in the new Spike Jonze short, I’m Here—and, this fall, as Mark Zuckerberg’s original Facebook friend, Eduardo Saverin, in David Fincher’s The Social Network, and as the male lead opposite Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in Mark Romanek’s new adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel Never Let Me Go. But perhaps the biggest socket that Garfield has plugged into recently, or the one with the most electricity coursing through it, is the newly rebooted Spider-Man franchise, for which it was announced in early July that he had been cast as Peter Parker, the aspiring photographer-turned-web-slinging superhero, taking over for Tobey Maguire.


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Eisenfield Interview ~ aka 40 minutes in Heaven. (2010)

This great and lengthy video is of a chat that David Poland had with Andrew and Jesse in November 2010. Enjoy almost 40 minutes of Eisenfield!!



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Andrew's game for doing his own stunts!

As filming "The Amazing Spider-Man" is coming to a close, Vic Armstrong, similarly amazing British stunt double and stunt coordinator, who has worked on such iconic projects as the Superman Trilogy, the Indiana Jones movies, Total Recall and several Bond movies (and MANY more), talks about Andrew's participation in the Spider-Man stuntwork in this extract from an interview he did with Movieline:


Stunt Icon Vic Armstrong On The Amazing Spider-Man and Andrew Garfield

Stuntman Vic Armstrong says this Spider-Man film will be more organic and not lean as heavily on CGI as the previous trilogy.
Legendary stuntman/action director Vic Armstrong (pictured on the left of Harrison Ford in the photo on the left) recently talked to Movieline about his memoir The True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman: My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Movie Heroes. While they discussed almost everything he has seen and done in his storied career, it was what was said on the topic of The Amazing Spider-Man that caught my attention.


Read the rest of the article here: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/GulfCoastAvengers/news/?a=37081

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Lovely GIF from the BAFTA video

I made this GIF. Please credit me if you want to take it and use it!!

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Interview with BBC Breakfast News (2011)


Among other things, Andrew talks about being nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Eduardo in The Social Network, and his upcoming role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and what that means to him.

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Post BAFTA Reaction! (2008)

Andrew attempts to comment about his BAFTA win.... he was clearly astonished that he won!


I'm finding it difficult to actually use my lips right now, so I apologise if my answers are "htwfwa hwsha" ~ Andrew Garfield


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Best Actor BAFTA - 2008

Andrew wins the 2008 Best Actor BAFTA, presented by Joanna Lumley.



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"Boy A" (2007)

Based on the (fictitious) novel of the same name by Jonathan Trigell, this is an absolutely amazing story. If you haven't caught Andrew's performance yet, I suggest you do so.

The subject matter is a bit controversial. The story is loosely based on the very famous and much publicised Jamie Bulger case (from the UK) but with more to it.

Andrew plays the part of Jack Burridge, the newly released prisoner, eager for redemption and rehabilitation and he won a BAFTA in 2008 for Best Actor for his performance. VERY well deserved.

Here's the official trailer:



Note: Bring tissues. I was crying and I didn't even realise it.

For more about the movie, visit the official site here: Boy A Movie

Behind The Scenes at Details Magazine

Exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the Details cover shoot



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Details Photoshoot

Here are the rest of the photos from the Details Magazine photoshoot






It's all in the "Details"

Andrew appeared on the cover of the February 2011 issue of "Details" Magazine




WHY DOES ALL OF HOLLYWOOD WANT A PIECE OF THE SOCIAL NETWORK'S ANDREW GARFIELD?

THE BREAKOUT STAR OF 2010'S DEFINING MOVIE IS THE NEW BIG-SCREEN SPIDER-MAN AND IS HURTLING TOWARD THE A-LIST. YET THE 27-YEAR-OLD BRIT IS STILL LOATH TO LEAVE BEHIND THE LIFE OF A STRUGGLING ACTOR WHO PUKES BEFORE BIG AUDITIONS. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT


Andrew Garfield bent over and began puking his guts out in an alley.
His first movie audition was minutes away, but he wasn't tossing his cookies because he was nervous. If anything, the future star of The Social Network had been a tad too cavalier.
Garfield, a veteran of two esteemed Hollywood springboards—the British stage and barista training at Starbucks—was barely out of his teens. He'd recently moved from England to California to try his luck with casting agents: That morning he'd rented a car—he hadn't yet bought his beloved Vespa—and gone out to Venice Beach for his first big-screen tryout.

Read More http://www.details.com/celebrities-entertainment/cover-stars/201102/the-social-network-spiderman-actor-Andrew-Garfield#ixzz1MLhq5AaI


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A little disclaimer...

You may also notice, if you are avid Andrew fans, that a lot of the posts that come up first of all are old ~ and out of chronological order ~ but I'm trying to get all my AG info into one place. Hence the blog!

So, I hope that you don't mind and enjoy the recap! And if you see anything you haven't seen before (unlikely I know, but still) and want to post it to your blog, don't forget to give credit where credit's due - as I am going to do.

Welcome Fans of Andrew Garfield

This is a bit of a gratuitous blog. This is for posting reviews of his work to date, forthcoming projects, pictures and also, things that I dream about.... i.e. the Eisenfield fantasy!!! (this will become apparent!) I hope you enjoy it.