Andrew Garfield Was Told He ‘Wasn’t Handsome Enough’ For The Chronicles Of Narnia Films
Andrew Garfield was ‘desperate’ to join Disney’s Chronicles of Narnia movies – but he ‘wasn’t handsome enough’, apparently.
It’s Garfield’s world right now, and we’re just living in it. He just won a Golden Globe for his performance in Netflix’s Tick, Tick… Boom!, and fans are still losing their minds over his much-speculated, euphoric return in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
His filmography is strikingly diverse; yes, he’s become a beloved wallcrawler in time, but he’s delivered incredible performances in Martin Scorsese’s Silence, Hacksaw Ridge, Under the Silver Lake and Mainstream. It’s also fair to say, he’s considered a handsome guy – but not enough for Narnia, it seems.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, where he discussed the thrill of lying about No Way Home and sneaking into a screening with Tobey Maguire, he recounted losing the role of Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia to Ben Barnes.
‘I thought… this could be it, this could be it. And that handsome, brilliant actor Ben Barnes ended up getting the role. I think it was down to me and him, and I remember I was obsessed,’ he said.
After he lost the role, Garfield wouldn’t let it go, and his constant pestering eventually led to his agent revealing: ‘It’s because they don’t think you’re handsome enough, Andrew.’
‘Ben Barnes is a very handsome, talented man. So in retrospect, I’m not unhappy with the decision and I think he did a beautiful job,’ Garfield added.
Two years after the release of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Garfield made his breakthrough performance in The Social Network, which earned him several awards plaudits, before making his debut as Spider-Man in 2012.
He could probably have any role he wants right now, so if the opportunity arose to swing through New York’s skyline once more, it’d have to ‘feel right’.
‘Peter and Spider-Man, those characters are all about service, to the greater good and the many. He’s a working-class boy from Queens that knows struggle and loss and is deeply empathetic. I would try to borrow Peter Parker’s ethical framework in that, if there was an opportunity to step back in and tell more of that story, I would have to feel very sure and certain in myself,’ he said.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is in cinemas now. Tick, Tick… Boom! is available to stream on Netflix
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