Andrew Garfield has SERIOUSLY put his foot in his mouth.
While promoting his role in Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America at a NT Platform discussion on Monday, the Hacksaw Ridge star opened up about how he prepared for the emotionally challenging part. In case you didn’t know, Garfield’s character in the celebrated hit struggles with the reality of AIDS during the height of the crisis in the 1980s.
Now, we knew the British actor was a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race as he stopped by the Werq the World Tour show in London, but we didn’t realize the program served as his main source of inspiration for his part in AIA. Emma Stone‘s ex explained:
“Every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru. I mean every single series of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I mean every series. This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act—that’s all.”
Well, well. The A-lister didn’t stop there as he added:
“As far as I know, I am not a gay man. Maybe I’ll have an awakening later in my life, which I’m sure will be wonderful and I’ll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I’m secluded to my area, which is wonderful, as well.”
Of course, these comments have sparked quite the response from fans on Twitter as many have accused the 33-year-old of “queer baiting.” See some of the reactions (below).
Andrew Garfield, pulling a James Franco while discussing acting in “Angels in America.” Straight actors, please stop this nonsense. pic.twitter.com/BPkJLPiZaJ
— AKA Kalinda Sharma (@Nico_Lang) July 5, 2017
Hey did you know that if you marathon Drag Race you are a gay man? That’s all it takes. Who knew. Thanks, Andrew Garfield.
— Lana del Lorde (@jiggatravels) July 6, 2017
Straight tourists who try on oppression for kicks make me so tired. Andrew Garfield and James Franco… guys… you will never understand.
— ? Hamish Steele ? (@hamishsteele) July 5, 2017
I like how Andrew Garfield’s view of being gay is having friends over to watch RuPaul.
— Eric M. (@thefilmviews) July 6, 2017
Andrew Garfield is a moron
— Christopher Gaurav (@chrisgaurav18) July 6, 2017
So savage. Still, we’re not quite ready to cancel Andrew Garfield as an up-and-coming gay icon, as there were some positive statements from his panel discussion. Namely, the Oscar nominee said he was concerned about taking on the role as he questioned if he had the right to “play this wonderful gay role.”
See?? He’s sort of woke! Nonetheless, he trusted Kushner’s casting decision as he noted:
“I had to trust that it was the right thing and Tony had asked me and maybe if he’d asked me, it was the right thing. It was as about doing honor, doing justice and knowing my herstory.”
What do YOU think? Should Andrew apologize for his comments?
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