People are not happy with Andrew Garfield after he described himself during a panel discussion as “a gay man right now, just without the physical act.” The actor is currently in London, starring in a theatre production of Angels in America. Garfield plays the role of Prior Walter who is a young gay man living with AIDS in 1980s New York City. During the panel, he was asked how he prepared for the role as a straight man. Garfield responded in a way that praised his character:
“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?”
In order to do his character justice, Garfield put his trust in writer and director Tony Kushner and spoke with men who lived and survived the AIDS epidemic of the 80’s. The star of Amazing Spider-Man knew that in order to portray his character in the right way, he had to do his research and learn the history. “”My only time off during rehearsals – every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru. This is my life outside of this play,” he said right before saying that he’s currently a gay man without the physical act.
While it’s great that Garfield has done his research and also enjoys the best drag queen reality show on television, but does that mean you can call yourself “gay?” What do you think of Andrew Garfield’s comments? Let us know in the comments or at @whatstrending on Twitter!