he has never seemed concerned about being famous. But you can't be as famous as Spider-Man's (or ) without becoming a pop culture icon. However, fame always felt like a side-effect of his career choices, not the whole reason. He's been happy to spend a year praying for a role in a Martin Scorsese passion project or banging out a Los Angeles-set indie with Gia Coppola while his peers seek for big-budget franchise pricing.
Andrew Garfield is a legend in his latest work, from a in to an Oscar-nominated career as Jonathan Larson in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tick Tick... BOOM! Right now, Andrew Garfield is everywhere. It seems choppy.
The show, titled FX's, features a Mormon detective named Jeb Pyre (Garfield), who investigates the murder's insidious links to fundamentalism and the beginnings of the LDS church. The narrative explores the past and the present in an approach to religious zealotry.
It's the kind of prestige drama that will likely give Garfield (who's fantastic in it, by the way) an Emmy nod, which means he'll be doing more of this in a few months' time. Like I said, it's frustrating.
Uproxx talked with Garfield about his fascination with spiritually conflicted characters on screen, why asking tough questions is crucial, and if he reached the end with his surprise Spider-Man role.
Recent releases have included a lot of press. What is the point about keeping up?
No comment. Yes, I'm very happy because I get to talk about things I like. All of these projects, from Tick, Tick... BOOM! to Under the Banner of Heaven, I really believe in these stories as healing vessels. Under the Banner of Heaven, it has the potential to be extremely expansive [for] people, but it is also a very compelling, true-crime story. And who doesn't like that?
Which drew you in more than just Theology vs. the hard-boiled detective slant?
I wouldn't say it's hard-boiled. [Jeb is] a pretty innocent, sweet, boy-scout guy who is thrust into a hard-boiled situation, but I was astonished by the book. I liked it when it first came out ten years ago, just thought it was an incredible study on fundamentalism and how it leads to violence justified in the name of love and in the name of God. I was also amazed when I first discovered the book, and when I found it, I
We time-hop in this episode quite a bit. Why was it necessary to include so many different timelines to tell this story?
I think it was important to include all those timelines because I think it is about: 'How do you solve this case?' It's a backbone of this religion, which inspired these murders. It's an unflinching look, it's a very uncomfortable look for people who are within this religion, and it's crucial. All of this information is absolutely necessary. So I feel very proud of Dustin for transforming in all of these different plots, subplots, and historical times
I know that you like to engage yourself in a character beforehand. What was the look of that research period for this show? Did you go all in?