Actor Andrew Garfield is known for his roles in blockbuster films like ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, but his string of performances in religiously themed films has sparked questions about Garfield’s interest in questions. spiritual.
From the role of heroic World War II Army doctor Desmond T. Doss in “Hacksaw Ridge” to evangelist Jim Bakker in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” Garfield certainly seems to choose roles with a spiritual bent.
His new true-crime limited series, “Under the Banner of Heaven,” is the latest project dealing with the theme of religion. Garfield portrays a detective grappling with matters of faith – and murder.
With all of that in mind, it’s impossible to ignore the intersection of the actor’s career with journeys of faith.
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And in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Garfield, while discussing his latest project, made an interesting statement: If he wasn’t working in Hollywood, he’d probably be studying theology.
“Issues of faith and spirituality, and the mystery of a spiritual life, are what appeal to me most,” Garfield said. “If I wasn’t an actor, I think I’d be doing some sort of theological study.”
This is undoubtedly an intriguing proclamation for a famous Hollywood actor. However, Garfield has made other comments in the past about faith and religion that have also made headlines.
He caused a stir in 2017, when he spoke about his role as father Sebastiao Rodrigues in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ – yet another faith-themed film.
“What was really easy was falling in love with that person, falling in love with Jesus Christ, that was the most amazing thing,” he told America magazine of his experience of preparation for the role. “That was the most remarkable thing – falling in love and how easy it was to fall in love with Jesus.”
Just before that, in 2016, Garfield, however, described himself as “not a Christian person”.
“I’m not a Christian,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I consider myself pantheistic, agnostic, sometimes atheist and a bit Jewish, but mostly confused.”
You can read more about his comments on Christ and faith here.
Garfield’s stance on personal faith isn’t entirely clear today, though his Hollywood background and commentary show he is deeply interested in the subject. In fact, he told Collider last year why he was so interested in portraying characters struggling with belief issues.
Garfield said that “life and death are everything”, and noted that he found himself fascinated by the reality that every human being dies. It is the “finite nature of being here” that seems to draw him to the subject.
“For me, it’s very fertile ground which is infinitely interesting,” he said. “Because if you’re dealing with spirituality, you’re dealing with faith, so you’re really dealing with life and death. And what could be more vital? What’s the biggest question? »
Pray that people in Hollywood like Garfield, who continue to take on these roles and reflect on what it means to be faithful, will experience the true change of heart and transformation that comes from a relationship with Christ.
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