Andrew Garfield is facing criticism for claiming to be ‘a gay man just without the physical stuff’
People are not happy with his comments
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Andrew Garfield has come under fire for his recent comments about sexuality while promoting his latest theatre role. The 33 year-old British actor is currently playing Prior Walter, a gay man suffering from AIDS in the 1980s, in Tony Kushner’s award-winning play,Angels in America.
The production at the National Theatre in London has been popular amongst theatre-goers, but when Andrew spoke about how – as a straight male – he felt about taking the role, it really didn’t go down well.
TheGay Timesreports that during a Q&A panel, Andrew said: ‘As far as I know, I am not a gay man. Maybe I’ll have an awakening later in my life, which I’m sure will be wonderful and I’ll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I’m secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well.
‘I adore it, but a big concern was what right do I have to play this wonderful gay role?
‘I had to trust that it was the right thing and Tony [Kushner] had asked me and maybe if he’d asked me, it was the right thing. It was as about doing honour, doing justice and knowing my herstory.’
However, it was his reported comments about his preparation for the play that has offended the LGBT community. Andrew said he spoke to ‘friends in the gay community’ and watched ‘every single series’ ofRuPaul’s Drag Raceto get into character.
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