Andrew Garfield raised a few eyebrows last week when he said he was “a gay man right now without the physical act,” referring to his latest role as a homosexual man in Angels of America.
Seems innocent enough, but his comments seemed to rub a few people up the wrong way.
Andrew Garfield has now addressed his unintentionally controversial comment, clarifying that he meant no offence or disrespect, and that the comment was “taken out of context”.
“That’s of course not what I meant at all,” he told Newsbeat.
“That discussion was about this play and how deeply grateful I am that I get to work on something so profound. It’s a love letter to the LGBTQ community.
“We were talking about, ‘How do you prepare for something so important and big?’ and basically I was saying, ‘I dive in as fully as I possibly can’.”
He went on to explain that he wanted to do the LGBTQ community proud and play the role to the best of his ability, which is why he made the comment that he did.
“My longing is to serve and to keep the world spinning forward for the LGBTQ community in whatever way I’m meant to,” he continued.
“It’s important to a community that I feel so welcomed by. The intention was to speak to that, speak to my desire to play this part to the best of my ability and to fully immerse myself in a culture that I adore.”
We don’t think Andrew meant to cause any offence. We have every faith that he will play the role spectacularly, and make everyone proud!