Andrew Garfield's Idea of Heaven Is Disneyland and Brownies
Andrew Garfield gets deep with Lynn Hirschberg, from praying for a full year to prep for his role in Martin Scorsese's "Silence" to realizing it really is a small world on a dreamily existential trip to Disneyland.
Released on 1/4/2017
I auditioned for Silence.
I hadn't had an audition
in a bunch of years.
So, I read the script and I read the book
and it's a poem, a prayer, it's a long meditation.
It's not something you often get to deal with in cinema.
Only the greats get to deal with that kind of material.
Like Mr. Scorsese.
I had a feeling that I was the right person for it
and I don't get that feeling very often.
More often than not, I'm saying,
No, this person is gonna be better.
Or, This person is gonna be better.
It's very rare that I go,
Oh, no, this one could be right for me.
The majority of the process was praying.
My preparation was a year--
I had a year to get ready to go and shoot
and I prayed for a year.
I'd never prayed before really.
And I developed a relationship
with a power greater than myself.
Call it God, call it love, call it what you will.
Insert your belief system here.
I realize that we're praying all the time.
It's just we're not conscious of what we're praying to.
There's that human impulse to worship and to exhalt
and to long for connection to the divine.
We are, unfortunately, in our culture, being driven
and guided more often than not to worship things
that are false and empty.
Like celebrity culture.
Like consumerism, consumer goods.
A new pair of shoes, popularity.
Being a success by what modern standards mean,
meaning a nice car, beautiful spouse,
two children and a picket fence.
These are all lies that we've been sold.
I had a year of exploring, I suppose, this idea of worship.
This idea of what it is that we are truly longing for
and how do we actually go to the places that can feed us.
It's a killer, though.
It's a heartbreaker.
You'll never get there.
It's a longing pain.
It's the beautiful agony
of never ever creating the perfect performance,
but I think that's the point,
is that it's never gonna happen.
Rug makers in Persia, they would make these beautiful,
ornate, perfected pieces of artisanal craftsmanship,
turn over the rug and do a big slash with a knife
down the back of it.
Just to honor the fact that God is perfect
and human beings are not.
And the same thing with the theater actors back in the day.
They would come out and spit on the stage before every show
just to kind of show irreverence
and to acknowledge their own base humanity.
It's nice because it let's you off the hook
from having to be the Messiah.
My 29th birthday, weirdly.
It was perfect.
It was heaven.
I was with my favorite people in the world.
I was with eight of my closest friends.
I'm just gonna tell you this straight-up.
They came out to L.A. to surprise me.
We went to Disneyland and we ate pot brownies.
It was literally heaven.
How about Space Mountain three times in a row?
I freaked out on It's a Small World.
I was like, It is. It is a fucking small world.
But it was a moment where me and eight of my closest friends
We didn't even realize anyone else was doing it.
We were walking through Fantasyland
and there was a song that was playing,
coming out of the trees
and we were all doing this.
Dancing through and I think at one point,
we all started to look around going,
We're all doing the same dance.
How did this happen?
And it built to this choreographed,
through Disneyland, these grown men and women,
really fucking high,
totally just like, What the fuck?
And we had this girl called Chantelle.
God bless you, Chantelle, wherever you are.
She was our guide
and I think she was that innocent and pure of heart
that she had no idea that we were on drugs.
You guys are great. I wish all of my guys were like you.
Then we went back to my house
and talked about how insane that day was
because we were all having our own experiences
and I think we all kinda came back going,
Were you thinking this at the same--
and we all realized we were thinking
so many of the same things at the same--
Eh, it's just a stoned conversation.
I think everyone had a different freak out
at a different place.
My friend George couldn't handle,
I can't remember what it was,
but it was a really lame ride.
And he was like, No, I can't do it. I can't do it.
I'm good. I'm just gonna sit over here.
If I'm not here when you come back, be worried
because I'm probably going somewhere
to do damage to myself.
And it was a really intense day,
but we all kind of had each other's backs.
It was really fun, oh my God.
I think I almost bought a Chewbacca backpack as well.
I was that stoned.
I thought it was a good idea to get one of those backpacks
that are the shape of Chewbacca.
So it's like Chewbacca's head right here
(laughs) and his arms are over my shoulder
and his legs wrapped around my waist.
In retrospect, I should have actually just got it.
It was a great backpack.
It was very cute.