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Andrew Garfield on Acting: "I Know I'm Never Going to Be Able to Quit" | Actor Oscar Roundtable

“I want to know everything about everything and that’s not possible,” says the star of ‘Silence’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge.’

“I’m not a Christian person. I consider myself pantheist, agnostic, occasionally atheist, and a little bit Jewish, but mostly confused,” Andrew Garfield told The Hollywood Reporter during the Actor Oscar Roundtable. He stars in Martin Scorsese’s latest film, Silence in which he plays a Jesuit priest. “It was a year that I spent with this one particular Jesuit priest, Father James Martin, who was a consultant on the film and has become a dear friend and my spiritual director in a very surreal way. It’s the thing that transcends simply making a film.”

Garfield also stars in the critically acclaimed Mel Gibson-directed film Hacksaw Ridge, about a conscientious objector during WWII. “I feel privileged that I get to be such a fool for a living,” said Garfield. “I like knowing everything that I can. I want to know everything about everything and that’s not possible. I know I’m never going to be able to quit. It’s like a longing pain.”

More roundtables featuring actresses, screenwriters, songwriters,┬ádocumentarians, directors, composers and producers will continue throughout February in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ starting Jan. 15 on Sundance TV, and look for clips at THR.com/topic/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.


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