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

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Starring: Andrew Garfield

Transcript

00:03
I auditioned for Silence.
00:04
I hadn't had an audition
00:06
in a bunch of years.
00:07
So, I read the script and I read the book
00:08
and it's a poem, a prayer, it's a long meditation.
00:12
It's not something you often get to deal with in cinema.
00:14
Only the greats get to deal with that kind of material.
00:18
Like Mr. Scorsese.
00:19
I had a feeling that I was the right person for it
00:21
and I don't get that feeling very often.
00:23
More often than not, I'm saying,
00:24
No, this person is gonna be better.
00:26
Or, This person is gonna be better.
00:28
It's very rare that I go,
00:29
Oh, no, this one could be right for me.
00:30
The majority of the process was praying.
00:32
My preparation was a year--
00:34
I had a year to get ready to go and shoot
00:37
and I prayed for a year.
00:39
I'd never prayed before really.
00:40
And I developed a relationship
00:42
with a power greater than myself.
00:44
Call it God, call it love, call it what you will.
00:47
Insert your belief system here.
00:49
I realize that we're praying all the time.
00:51
It's just we're not conscious of what we're praying to.
00:54
There's that human impulse to worship and to exhalt
00:57
and to long for connection to the divine.
01:01
We are, unfortunately, in our culture, being driven
01:04
and guided more often than not to worship things
01:07
that are false and empty.
01:08
Like celebrity culture.
01:09
Like consumerism, consumer goods.
01:11
A new pair of shoes, popularity.
01:14
Being a success by what modern standards mean,
01:18
meaning a nice car, beautiful spouse,
01:21
two children and a picket fence.
01:23
These are all lies that we've been sold.
01:25
I had a year of exploring, I suppose, this idea of worship.
01:29
This idea of what it is that we are truly longing for
01:33
and how do we actually go to the places that can feed us.
01:37
It's a killer, though.
01:38
It's a heartbreaker.
01:39
You'll never get there.
01:40
It's a longing pain.
01:41
It's the beautiful agony
01:43
of never ever creating the perfect performance,
01:47
but I think that's the point,
01:48
is that it's never gonna happen.
01:49
Rug makers in Persia, they would make these beautiful,
01:52
ornate, perfected pieces of artisanal craftsmanship,
01:57
turn over the rug and do a big slash with a knife
02:01
down the back of it.
02:01
Just to honor the fact that God is perfect
02:04
and human beings are not.
02:05
And the same thing with the theater actors back in the day.
02:08
They would come out and spit on the stage before every show
02:10
just to kind of show irreverence
02:12
and to acknowledge their own base humanity.
02:16
It's nice because it let's you off the hook
02:18
from having to be the Messiah.
02:21
My 29th birthday, weirdly.
02:23
It was perfect.
02:24
It was heaven.
02:25
I was with my favorite people in the world.
02:28
I was with eight of my closest friends.
02:31
I'm just gonna tell you this straight-up.
02:33
They came out to L.A. to surprise me.
02:36
We went to Disneyland and we ate pot brownies.
02:39
It was literally heaven.
02:41
How about Space Mountain three times in a row?
02:45
I freaked out on It's a Small World.
02:47
I was like, It is. It is a fucking small world.
02:51
But it was a moment where me and eight of my closest friends
02:54
found ourselves--
02:55
We didn't even realize anyone else was doing it.
02:56
We were walking through Fantasyland
02:59
and there was a song that was playing,
03:00
coming out of the trees
03:01
and we were all doing this.
03:03
Dancing through and I think at one point,
03:05
we all started to look around going,
03:07
We're all doing the same dance.
03:09
How did this happen?
03:12
And it built to this choreographed,
03:15
through Disneyland, these grown men and women,
03:18
really fucking high,
03:21
totally just like, What the fuck?
03:24
And we had this girl called Chantelle.
03:26
God bless you, Chantelle, wherever you are.
03:28
She was our guide
03:29
and I think she was that innocent and pure of heart
03:33
that she had no idea that we were on drugs.
03:35
You guys are great. I wish all of my guys were like you.
03:40
Then we went back to my house
03:42
and talked about how insane that day was
03:45
because we were all having our own experiences
03:48
and I think we all kinda came back going,
03:50
Were you thinking this at the same--
03:51
and we all realized we were thinking
03:53
so many of the same things at the same--
03:55
Eh, it's just a stoned conversation.
03:57
I think everyone had a different freak out
03:59
at a different place.
04:00
My friend George couldn't handle,
04:02
I can't remember what it was,
04:03
but it was a really lame ride.
04:05
And he was like, No, I can't do it. I can't do it.
04:08
I'm good. I'm just gonna sit over here.
04:10
If I'm not here when you come back, be worried
04:12
because I'm probably going somewhere
04:13
to do damage to myself.
04:16
And it was a really intense day,
04:17
but we all kind of had each other's backs.
04:19
It was really fun, oh my God.
04:20
I think I almost bought a Chewbacca backpack as well.
04:23
I was that stoned.
04:24
I thought it was a good idea to get one of those backpacks
04:27
that are the shape of Chewbacca.
04:29
So it's like Chewbacca's head right here
04:31
(laughs) and his arms are over my shoulder
04:34
and his legs wrapped around my waist.
04:36
In retrospect, I should have actually just got it.
04:38
It was a great backpack.
04:39
It was very cute.