Hollywood actor Andrew Garfield has come out in favour of method acting, which includes performers playing out their roles even when no scenes are being shot.
Actors Mads Mikkelsen and Robert Pattinson have both condemned the practise in recent times, drawing harsh criticism.
Garfield claims he supports Method acting because, while portraying a priest in 2016, he “deprived” himself of sex and food.
Garfield talked about his method acting training as he prepared to portray a Jesuit priest in the 17th century in Martin Scorsese’s 2016 film Silence.
On the well-known podcast WTF with Marc Maron, Garfield stated, “I did a variety of spiritual practises every day, I made up new rituals, I was celibate for six months, and I was fasting a lot.”
Man, it was really cool, he said. “At that time, when I was depriving myself of sex and food, I had some pretty wild, hallucinogenic experiences.”
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“There [have] been a lot of misconceptions about what method acting is, I think,” Garfield
“People are still acting in that way, and it’s not about being an asshole to everyone on set. It’s actually just about living truthfully under imagined circumstances, and being really nice to the crew simultaneously, and being a normal human being, and being able to drop it when you need to and staying in it when you want to stay in it.”
The Dopesick actor Will Poulter stated that “method acting shouldn’t be used as an excuse for inappropriate behaviour – and it absolutely has” in a recent interview with The Independent.
However, Garfield claims that this is a “misconception” regarding the art.
This notion that “method acting is fing bulls” bothers me somewhat If you’re calling method acting bullshit or if you recently worked with someone who claimed to be a method actor but isn’t acting in the technique at all, then I don’t think you understand what it is, Garfield remarked.
“It’s also very private. I don’t want people to see the f***ing pipes of my toilet. I don’t want them to see how I’m making the sausage.”