Andrew Garfield revealed the pressure placed on him following his comments about Spider-Man exploring his bisexuality.
The actor made the comments during an interview about the film in 2013.
Following the comments he revealed he was forced to apologise.
Andrew Garfield & Spider-Man
In 2012 Andrew Garfield took on the iconic role of Spider-Man in the reboot of the franchise.
Stepping into the spandex pants of Toby Maguire as Peter Parker was no easy feat.
However, Andrew Garfield held his own in The Amazing Spider-Man.
So much so he was cast in the sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014.
But it was during interviews between these two films that Garfield made comments which drew pressure on the star.
While discussing the iconic character he opened the door to alternate romantic opportunities for the character.
“Why can’t Peter explore his bisexuality in his next film? Why can’t MJ be a guy?” he said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that was since removed.
The response to his comments was not something he was happy with.
“OK, so you want me to make sure that we get the bigots and the homophobes to buy their tickets?”
After the franchise was again rebooted and recast with Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield has gone on to other projects.
Although he did make one more appearance as Spider-Man, returning for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
But prior to his recent Spider-Man return, he reflected on the situation about his comments.
“I worked harder than I’ve ever worked on anything and I’m really proud of it,” he told the Independent.
“But I didn’t feel represented,” he said of the interview in question.
“There was an interview I gave where I said, ‘Why can’t Peter explore his bisexuality in his next film? Why can’t [his girlfriend] MJ be a guy?’”
Following the comments, he revealed the pressure he faced.
“I was then put under a lot of pressure to retract that and apologise for saying something that is a legitimate thing to think and feel.”
Clearly angered at the situation Garfield fired back at those in charge.
“So I said, ‘OK, so you want me to make sure that we get the bigots and the homophobes to buy their tickets?’”
It was a powerful revelation for the star, gently cementing him as an ally for the LGBTQIA+ community, in particular for the bisexual community.
Hopefully, we can see more of Andrew Garfield in the future.
Maybe, one day we can even see our very own bisexual Spider-Man.
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