Andrew Garfield is facing some backlash after the actor said he’s a “gay man right now just without the physical act,” with many social media users criticizing him for being “oblivious” or seeking attention.
“This article grosses me out.Ur a talented guy,but seem to be completely oblivious to what is coming out of ur mouth,” actor Scott Evans tweeted.
Garfield spoke on a NT Platform discussion on Monday, talking about how he prepared for the role of Prior Walter, a gay man battling the reality of AIDS in the London revival of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.”
When asked what resources he had for research, Garfield said, “As far as I know, I am not a gay man,” The Gay Times reported. “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?”
He then later revealed a lot of his preparation for the role came from his friends who are devoted to the LGBTQ community. He also said “RuPaul’s Drag Race” helped him with his character.
“My only time off during rehearsals – every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru,” he added. “This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act – that’s all.”
One user tweeted in response, “Hey did you know that if you marathon Drag Race you are a gay man? That’s all it takes. Who knew. Thanks, Andrew Garfield.”
Representatives for Garfield have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
See reactions to Garfield’s comments below.