The Spotlight: Andrew Garfield says the closest he's come to playing an evil sociopath was Mark Zuckerberg
Andrew Garfield is just too darn nice.
The Englishman has never played a villain on screen. When he was made aware of that fact in an interview with DP/30's David Poland, Garfield explained that it's difficult to land those roles because of how empathetic he can appear to be.
"I guess I'm overcompensating for my evil nature," Garfield joked. "I'm trying to find all the good stuff and bring that out. I don't really think about it in terms of good and bad."
For a guy best-known for roles as Spider-Man, a courageous priest and a Congressional Medal of Honor winning Army medic, Garfield's image as a good guy has been hard to shake. So much so that it cost him the lead in David Fincher's 2010 Facebook drama "The Social Network."
"Yes, I can't escape that," Garfield said. "The thing with [David] Fincher ... You spoke to me and Jesse [Eisenberg] about this. I auditioned for Mark, to play Mark Zuckerberg and I thought that was it. They gave me the impression of, 'OK, here we go. Let's do this. Not officially. They didn't dangle a carrot or anything. I just got that vibe.
"But then David called me and said, 'I want to talk to you about something.' He said, 'I don't want to waste all of that watery, emotional availability you have so I'd like you to play *this* instead. I said, 'Fine by me. I just want to do the film with you.' So I got close to playing a maybe borderline narcissistic sociopath, but that's definitely in me."
Garfield went on to portray Eduardo Saverin, former friend of Zuckerberg who served as the anti-hero's chief antagonist in the film.
"I'm not disinterested in the narcissist in me," Garfield continued. "And the sociopath and the psychopath and all those things. They exist in me, absolutely. The egotist and all that. But I think I struggle with that stuff in my life so much that I'd rather encourage the more humane part of myself to grow in the projects I do."
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