Andrew Garfield Watched 'Social Network,' Not 'Never Let Me Go'
Andrew Garfield makes a point of never seeing the movies he stars in, but for The Social Network, he made an exception.
At December's party for Never Let Me Go, star Andrew Garfield (the new Spider-Man) told me, "I haven't actually seen the movie. I try not to."
Not that he overlooked the movie that won Overlooked Film of the Year from Phoenix critics and five British Independent Film Award noms, made eight major top 10 lists (Richard Corliss, Michael Atkinson, Steve Warren and Rex Reed rated it No. 3) and helped him win the London Film Critics' Circle nom for British actor of the year.
It's just that he fears watching himself will kill a magic he doesn't want to understand too clearly. "I don't want to be aware of what I'm doing. As soon as I am, I'm less open," he said.
By way of demonstration, Garfield glared at his hand in extreme self-consciousness, making its movement appear wooden. Then he looked away and the hand became spontaneously human again. "My hand is just doing that. I just want to be open fully to the story and what that subjective moment is," he said.
But at Thursday's Spago party for The Social Network, the most elaborate party I ever saw for a DVD release -- it was also meant to nudge the film back into the spotlight, spur it to $200 million in global take at the box office (it only needs $2.7 million more) and seize some spotlight from True Grit's overnight $91.4 million domestic take -- Garfield said that even Spider-Man is not strong enough to resist peer pressure from the makers of The Social Network.
"They made me watch that one," he confesses.
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