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Why Are You Ruining Andrew Garfield’s Life?

On the set of The Social Network, one wonders if Andrew Garfield looked at his co-stars as two different models of how to conduct a Hollywood career: There’s Justin Timberlake, the supremely confident striver who’s willing to put megasuccess on hold in one medium because he’s sure he can replicate it in another, and then there’s Jesse Eisenberg, so neurotic and self-effacing that you expect him to clean up after his performance and apologize for putting you through it. If his new Details profile is to be believed, Garfield is on the cusp of Timberlake-ian stardom, but emotionally, he’s gone full Eisenberg. Your new Spider-Man is unhappy and fearful, and here are ten of his most self-lacerating quotes.

On doing interviews: “I really have no time to talk to you. I really should not be here right now. I should be worrying somewhere.”

On parties: “Those events that look like so much fun in the photos you see — it’s mostly people looking over their shoulders at everyone. They’re miserable, those parties.”

On using his celebrity for dinner reservations: “I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I had done anything so crass and obscene as that. No fucking way. I would literally be sick on myself throughout the dinner.”

On auditioning for Spider-Man: “I was genuinely expecting ‘You’re just a shit actor’ instead of ‘We want you to do it.’”

On eventually seeing himself in superhero spandex: “I’m probably going to be the guy in the movie theater shouting abuse at myself.”

On a dinner with Sony chief Amy Pascal where she refused to tell him he had the Spider-Man part: “I felt disappointed. I felt exposed. It was one of the most awkward fucking things ever.”

On then getting the part: “I realized immediately how much hard work it was going to be, and how much of a minefield it was going to be in terms of all the shit that comes with it. Stuff that I would like to not have any part of. I mean visibility and being recognized walking down the street. I’m holding out a naive and ignorant hope that it won’t happen.”

On criticism: “I’ve stopped reading reviews, as well. If one is negative, you hold on to that. It was killing me.”

On online criticism: “The first thing that was written was, ‘What’s up with this kid’s eyebrows? He looks like a friggin’ Neanderthal.’”

On fame: “I hope I never blow up. I hope that I have to audition for every single job I want. I hope that I’m always struggling, really. You develop when you’re struggling. When you’re struggling, you get stronger.”


Why Are You Ruining Andrew Garfield’s Life?