We all know by now that Andrew Garfield more or less got screwed out of being one of the best Peter Parker’s/Spider-Man to date, but with a second film that disappointed most fans regardless of the $800 million it made worldwide, he was still given the boot due to the deal with Sony and Disney/Marvel. Without the pressure of being a superhero for the rest of his career (at least for now) Garfield seems to have attracted the attention of two of the best living filmmakers today in Mel Gibson and my personal favorite Martin Scorsese.
Garfield is starring in his latest production in the 2008 housing market thriller/drama 99 Homes alongside Man of Steel’s Michael Shannon and has finished shooting for Martin Scorsese’s historic-drama, Silence (2016). Wasting no time at all, Garfield has been recruited to star in the World War-II drama Hacksaw Ridge which Garfield described with Collider as follows:
It’s [about] this beautiful guy Desmond Doss. It’s a true story about a conscientious objector—he wasn’t really an objector he was a conscientious cooperator that wanted to serve in World War II but didn’t want to touch a gun, didn’t want to bear arms. He wanted to serve as a medic without touching a gun and the army tried to kind of kick him out and discharge him with a Section 8, a mental health discharge, and he fights it, and fights it, and fights it, and goes against the odds and ends up just performing miracles on the battlefield, really. It’s this amazing story of a healer, basically. This healer that was in touch with something divine, some spirit. It’s a beautiful story.”
Deep stuff. It will be Gibson’s return behind the camera after a much needed hiatus from the world of movies and the world in general. Gibson’s last directorial effort was the underrated 2006 film Apocalypto and with him returning to form (hopefully) with a World War-II type epic/drama, we may get a resurgence of a great director no matter your thoughts on the man himself.
Garfield was always a talent even before Spider-Man when he gave an Oscar worthy performance as Eduardo Saverin in David Fincher’s The Social Network. He is a stage performer at heart and a real thespian worth watching on the big-screen and it’s nice to see a bounce back to quality roles after the poor ending to his Spider-Man career.