Although Andrew Garfield is more popular thanks to his work on The Amazing Spider-Man – 73% and The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Electro’s Menace – 52%, and recently he’s all over the place on suspicion that he will have an appearance in Spider-Man: No Road Home, the actor really has a great career going beyond these superhero tapes. Since its inception, the interpreter has worked with great directors such as Robert Redford, Terry Gilliam and David Fincher, and after passing through the role of the superhero he has not hesitated to explore different and difficult characters in titles such as The Silver Lake Mystery – 56 % and Silence – 84%. Garfield is generally considered to have everything to be considered for major awards and this year could be very important to him thanks to the premiere of Tick, Tick… Boom! and The Eyes of Tammy Faye – 50%.
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The Eyes of Tammy Faye, where he plays Jim Bakker, is based on the life and scandals of the televangelist couple that became popular in the 1970s. The reviews of the film have been excellent and what stands out the most is the interaction between Garfield and Jessica Chastain. On the other hand, the actor will also premiere Tick, Tick… Boom!, the first musical in which he works and which was directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. This tape is part of the musical created by Jonathan Larson. It is partly an autobiographical story about how Jon felt when he was about to turn 30 and was nowhere near fulfilling his dream of being a great musical writer.
Tick, Tick… Boom! It was a big challenge for Garfield, but not only because of all the work the musical involved, but also because his mother passed away during filming. In an interview with The New York Times, the actor revealed that his mother lost her fight with cancer:
She is the one who showed me where I was supposed to go in my life. She put me on a path. We lost her before COVID, just before we started filming, after a long fight with pancreatic cancer. So, for me, I was able to continue his song on the ocean and on the wave of Jonathan’s songs. It was an attempt to honor him in his unfinished song and her in his unfinished song, and get them to know each other.
Jonathan Larson, to whom Garfield refers in this comment, is most famous for creating the musical of Rent. Unfortunately, just before the premiere, Larson passed away unexpectedly (it is believed that the cause was Marfan Syndrome) and did not have the opportunity to enjoy the success that his work, which received several Tony Awards and a Pulitzer, became.
Garfield also explained that he did not feel prepared to talk about his mother’s passing and that filming Tick, Tick… Boom! It allowed him to deal with his pain in a special way and he didn’t want to lose that connection at the end of filming:
I didn’t want this movie to end. [Fue una oportunidad] to put my pain in art, in this creative act.
In this way, the musical became a tribute to the talented man who passed away without knowing success and to his mother who inspired him to follow his dreams of being an actor.
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Despite the pain, Garfield felt very fortunate to be able to spend those last moments with his mother, where he read his favorite poems and took care of her with his brother and father. The also protagonist of Until the Last Man – 86% explained that this loss was different from others:
I’ve lost people before, but one’s mother is very different. It is the fact that the person who gave you life is no longer here. Nothing prepares you for that kind of cataclysm. For me, everything has changed: where once there was a stream, now there is a mountain; where once there was a volcano, now there is a field. It’s a strange mental journey.
Garfield acknowledges that the essence of his mother lives within him, and stronger now, but that he had to come to terms with the loss first to come to this conclusion. The actor accepted that society and culture are not very helpful to heal pain properly:
We are told to delude ourselves and be in denial about this thing that universally binds us and that we are all going to go through at some point, and it is fascinating to me that this great adventure of death is not honored.
The actor still can’t talk about many details about the last days in his mother’s life, but accepts that he wanted to talk about it publicly, and on his own terms, because it is a universal experience. In addition, he ensures that the idea that the viewer finds the essence of his mother through his work in the film seems magical and beautiful.
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