Andrew Garfield would seem to agree with Natalie Portman’s character in “Closer” when he says, “Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off,” according to a new interview with The Wrap.
Garfield, who has received the best reviews of his career for his performance in “Tick Tick Boom”, spends most of his time these days talking about his other 2021 release. No, not “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”, in the one who played Jm Bakker. But his top-secret appearance in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” in which he and Tobey Maguire reprized their roles as Peter Parker alongside current Spidey Tom Holland. And while he can now freely speak about his performance in the blockbuster, he had to do some elegant verbal footwork during his previous press tours. Turns out he liked it.
“There were times when I thought, ‘God, I hate lying.’ I don’t like to lie and I’m not a good liar, but I kept framing it as a game, “he said. “And I kept imagining myself as just a fan of that character, which is not difficult to do.”
Garfield wondered what he would want, as a fan, and quickly came to a conclusion: he would want lies. “I’d like the actor to do an incredibly good job of convincing me that he wasn’t involved,” he said. And then I want to lose my mind in the theater when my instincts have proven correct. That is what I I would want.”
Garfield, calling his months-long mendacity “exciting”, notes that the stress of lying to journalists and fans for months was worth it. “I was happy to do it, but it was a lot of work on everyone’s part,” he said. “Obviously it gave people a great thrill in the theater, and what more do you want from a theater experience than a thrill?”
Fans could have had an even more exciting experience if they had spent more time looking around the theater than on screen on opening weekend, when Garfield and Maguire went to public screenings of the film.
“I sneaked into a theater on opening night and just looked in my baseball cap and mask,” Garfield said. “I was actually with Tobey as well, Tobey and I sneaked into a theater together and no one knew we were there. It was a really beautiful thing to share together. “