Andrew Garfield is taking a break from acting after appearing in a bunch of movies and TV in the last two years.
Speaking to Variety, Garfield said he’s ready to relax and live a regular life for a while after appearing in three films last year (including Spider-Man: No Way Home and Tick, Tick… Boom!) and FX’s new series Under the Banner of Heaven.
“I’m going to rest for a little bit. I need to recalibrate and reconsider what I want to do next and who I want to be, and just be a bit of a person for a while,” he said. “I need to just be a bit ordinary for a while.”
For his performance in Tick, Tick… Boom! Garfield was nominated for best actor in a leading role at the Oscars but eventually lost to Will Smith for his performance in King Richard.
He said the awards season, which he described as “a washing machine”, alongside the intensity of filming Under the Banner of Heaven – where Garfield plays a Mormon detective investigating the murder of a mother and daughter by fundamentalist members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – contributed to him needing time off.
Especially during filming, “I think it was actually a necessity for us to have game nights and go into nature and hike, and you know, swim and dive and lakes and dance and eat good food, so that we could really come back and fully give ourselves.” Garfield said. “We had to keep on taking care of ourselves so that we can take care of the story.”
While IGN enjoyed Garfield’s performance in Under the Banner of Heaven, we said it feels trapped under the exposition-centric story. In our 5/10 review of the first two episodes, we said: “Under the Banner of Heaven is a plodding adaptation that tries to tell too much and suffers under the weight of it all in its first two episodes.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who rarely remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.