Andrew Garfield faces backlash for saying he's gay but "without the physical act"

Some people are not happy about the actor's contradictory comments about his sexuality

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 7 Jul 2017

Andrew is 'gay'?
A scene from 'Angels in America' Photo: nationaltheatre/Instagram; Helen Maybanks

Some people from the LGBT community are not happy with Andrew Garfield. During an NT Platform discussion earlier this week, Andrew spoke about his performance in the play Angels in America. His character called Prior Walter is a gay man battling AIDS in the 80s.

Addressing his preparation for the role, Andrew announced that he's "a gay man right now just without the physical act".

"My only time off during rehearsals – every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru [RuPaul's Drag Race]. This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act – that's all," Andrew said.

Um, what?

"As far as I know, I am not a gay man," the actor, who used to date Emma Stone, said earlier when answering a question from the audience. "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?"

Netizens did not take kindly to his confusing remark, claiming that it sounded a little like saying "I'm gay but not really."

Some pointed out that Andrew's statement echoed James Franco's controversial magazine article where he said, "I'm gay in my art and straight in my life. I'm also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse."

To be fair, Andrew called his experience as Prior Walter "the most fulfilling creative experience" he could ever hope to have.

"I don't think it can get better than this in terms of everything. Communion with the audience – us all going through the same things together and how prevalent and how necessary it is to tell this story right now," he said. So maybe he meant well?

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