Andrew Garfield for Nylon Guys Magazine

Posted on June 13, 2012

In anticipation of his big Spider-Man movie coming out, which he has been flogging non-stop in ways big and small for going on a year now, Andrew Garfield gets to try on hipster suits for Nylon Guys  and say things like:

“The exposure that’s going to come with it doesn’t make me happy, and I’ve discovered that I do just want to be an actor – I don’t have any interest in being a movie star. I’m finding out where that distinction is.”

Oh, Andrew. Please.

Andrew Garfield is featured in the July 2012 issue of Nylon Guys magazine.

In fact, he pretty much spouts every line from The Sensitive Male Movie Star’s Playbook:

On reviews for his work in Death of a Salesman: “I haven’t read any. I keep my head down. That’s something I struggle with – the whole validation thing. You know, like, we all need validation as human beings. We all need a pat on the back occasionally – like, the monkey gets a banana, or, ‘You’re doing all right, keep going.’ But I started to depend on it, and really need it.”

On his personality: “I’m very introspective. I’m working on it because sometimes it can tip over into too much, and it becomes debilitating. I’ve got a lot to think about right now because of my life changing because of the play, and this movie [The Amazing Spider-Man].”

Oh, ANDREW. PLEASE.

 

He’s built for the hipster suits, though.

 

[Photo Credit: nylonguysmagazine]

    • BeeBeauNYC

      That’s an impressive side-plank, especially if he had to do that pose multiple times.

      • Qitkat

        Do you think that a model/actor always has to do exactly what the photographer/art director proposes? Or can they ever say *NO*, that’s stupid/dangerous/unflattering/obnoxious etc?

        • amf0001

          depends on the level of fame or influence of the model/actor.  Newbies have no power,  A list have too much…

      • lordandtaylor

        Planking is sooooooooooo last year.

    • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

      Does every guyditorial have to feature men’s ankles so excessively?

      • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

        But it’s so SEXY.

    • Olivia McMurray

      1) I get the impression that the side-plank photo was supposed to be taken at an angle that would make it look like he was “standing” on that rock wall thing, so this just looks kind of hilarious to me

      2) He looks like a bobble head with high collars ;)

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      UGH. 

      • JosephLamour

        I have a feeling he’s the new Tom Cruise. It’s like he was sewn together in a marketing department.

    • Catiline

      He irrationally frustrates me because he’s this close to being handsome, and then… he isn’t.  Given that, he does wear the suits well.

      • lamamu

         He isn’t handsome in the Chris Hemsworth mold, but he is handsome. One size doesn’t fit all, honey.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/XAFAJ53QF3DLEFQB3WTLMRM75E MarinaB

          He looks like John Ralphio on Parks and Rec.  And that is very not-handsome.

          • Sobaika

            WOW. He really, really, really does look like Jean Ralphio. 

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/XAFAJ53QF3DLEFQB3WTLMRM75E MarinaB

          He looks like John Ralphio on Parks and Rec.  And that is very not-handsome.

        • Catiline

          a) Given that I stated it was irrational, I’m not sure where you’re getting the “one size fits all” implication from my comment.

          b) I normally go for the nerdy-hot, offbeat guys, which is why I’m extra perplexed at his failure to be attractive to me. 

          • PaulaBerman

             Hey, I totally agree with you. I wanted him to be handsome on Never Let Me Go, since I read the book and had a picture in my mind of a really good looking guy for Tommy, but he just didn’t fit the bill. As Peter Parker, maybe. Peter Parker is supposed to look nerdy.

    • http://twitter.com/PsychicMuppet Bitsy Carver

      Why is he planking?

      • Sobaika

        Next up: Male Movie Who Insist They Are Actors photographed performing the Cinnamon Challenge.

      • Olivia McMurray

         I think they were trying to make it look like he was “standing” on that rock wall behind him, but for some inexplicable reason they used the wrong camera angle

    • Spicytomato1

      I’m officially over him. He seems to be pulling pages from Rob Pattinson’s playbook and it’s coming off as too studied for my taste. Although that side plank shot is pretty cute.

      • MilaXX

         His douche meter has been increasing steadily over the past few months. I fully expect to hate him by the time he’s done pole dancing for Spiderman, which looks to be awful.

      • Jennifer L.

        I get the reactions to his weepy/sensitive displays, but Rob Pattinson? That’s a low blow. :)

      • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

        Heh, see, Robert Pattinson doesn’t seem to take himself seriously AT ALL and is frequently quite hilarious about how he unexpectedly became the center of this really creepy thing, so I actually find him far less distasteful. Douchey, yes, but sort of hilarious from afar.

        • Spicytomato1

          I completely agree. I actually find Rob to be charming. My point was I think Andrew is trying to emulate that attitude, and failing quite spectaularly. Rob (we’re on a first name basis, you see) seems genuine and Andrew strikes me as trying to be genuine.

    • http://twitter.com/ursny UrsNY

      Ugh. What a load of crap. Then he should devote his life to experimental theater, art films and documentary voiceovers. He took the starring role in the tentpole blockbuster job, and promotion’s part of the gig. It’s so annoying when people try to micromanage their highbrow status while pocketing big big money from the great unwashed.

      The pictures are meh-ish.

    • Sobaika

      HOLY SHIT he must be annoying to hang out with. How does Emma Stone do it?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

        Sobaika, you are so right.  It is so damned annoying to read his words.. and he is nothing to look at… spare me.

      • AuntieAnonny

         She gets paid.

        • Pants_are_a_must

           Both in fashion and money.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Okay, sometimes my inner stodgy old fart comes out. I HATE the shoes with no socks thing. The photographs are mildly interesting, which is good, since the suits really aren’t.

      • MilaXX

         lol that’s such a chalk on the blackboard thing for so many. I chuckle because I hate socks and never wear them so I do the shoes with no socks thing all the time. The only exception is dressier occasions.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

      Why would they put such a blurry picture on the cover?  Are they just too cool to focus?

    • Super_Red

      I’m always torn with interviews like this, because I *get it*. I’m an actress (on a tiny tiny tiny local level) and about as introverted as they come. The idea of being a “movie star” is abhorrent to me, even though I take pride in my acting and would love to be in blockbuster films. So I can give him the benefit of the doubt that it is in fact a tough line to walk. Plus, I kinda think he’s a cutie. :) 

      • Sobaika

        Agreed that it is a tough line to walk. And a lot of people probably get what he’s saying. What makes these quotes insufferable is the smug and studied way in which they’re delivered – as if he’s the first one to prefer the craft over stardom and deserves a pat on the back for it.

        Put it this way – Christian Bale didn’t go around saying he was an actor and not a movie star. He simply is an actor and conducts himself that way. Maybe Andrew Garfield was led to these quotes by the interviewer, maybe his publicist told him to say it. But he’s simply much too young and quite frankly, not well known enough to warrant it being an issue.

        He seems to be really talented and I look forward to more of his work (as long as it’s not this Spiderman mess). He just comes across as full of it.

        • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

          Yes, more or less.  Though he’s got to be unbelievably ignorant if he thinks starring in a blockbuster-hollywood-explosive-galore-movie is not going to put him in “Movie Star” status; perhaps not forever but just for now.  

          And Super_Red, I too think he’s a cutie.  

        • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

          And Viggo Mortensen, who says these things too but then stars in strings of really weird movies, and who is well-known for being ridiculously Method and anti-Hollywood, so everyone’s like, “Ok, this is obnoxious, but it’s also clearly something you genuinely believe, so we won’t hold it against you.”

        • raeb23

          I think you’re right Sobaika; it’s in his delivery. I just read an interview with Joel Kinnaman from The Killing who was recently cast in the Robocop reboot…he said that while he was originally a bit worried about moving from the European art scene to Hollywood, he was chasing a big movie in order to gain the box office clout needed to pursue projects he’s interested in. But also spoke of other elements of the film that interested him so he seemed more genuine & more proactive about his career to me than Garfield who comes across a little ‘woe is me’ here.

          He does seem talented though, I liked him in The Social Network…& I think that shade of blue in the last pic really suits him.

        • raeb23

          I think you’re right Sobaika; it’s in his delivery. I just read an interview with Joel Kinnaman from The Killing who was recently cast in the Robocop reboot…he said that while he was originally a bit worried about moving from the European art scene to Hollywood, he was chasing a big movie in order to gain the box office clout needed to pursue projects he’s interested in. But also spoke of other elements of the film that interested him so he seemed more genuine & more proactive about his career to me than Garfield who comes across a little ‘woe is me’ here.

          He does seem talented though, I liked him in The Social Network…& I think that shade of blue in the last pic really suits him.

      • http://www.filmsbyneptune.com/ Dani Colman

         Small-time director chiming in: it does sound studied when he says it, but fundamentally I agree.  To keep getting work your films have to be successful, and, both because of that success and to assist it, that means exposure.  It’s getting to the point where the poledance is a requirement to get the roles: 21 Jump Street had the two stars compete against each other to accrue Twitter followers.  It’s a double-edged sword: perhaps all you want to do is do consistently good, rewarding work, but to have the freedom to choose those roles, you have to be willing to sell yourself, and that can not only get very tiring but end up preventing you from giving everything you can to the roles you’re trying so desperately to get.

        • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

          And it could just be that Spiderman was the thing he needed to get over that hump into recognition, money, and freedom. The real test is what roles he chooses from here, and I’m willing to withhold judgment until we see that.

    • hughman

      Ugh, it’s like getting stuck at a party with a coked-up salesman from Jeffrey’s.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Now there’s an image that will give me fits! Thanks for making me smile as I ready for my work day.

    • MilaXX

      I liked him better before he started talking and giving interviews. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W7A5N4G7FDTV5U2KOHBVSB55XI Basket

      He always looks like he needs a bath. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5X4B3NBE3NUGS3OY5IRI645NMI Mrs. Joe

      Well, he can take heart that I am probably not the only person who saw the previews for his new movie and was left with no desire whatsoever to see it.  Perhaps his movie will tank and he will not be forced to accept large sums of money for such a painful job again.

      The clothes are fine, he just doesn’t do it for me, and I have a hard time judging the clothes as if they were on someone else…

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      He’s a little sliver of a thing ain’t he? Cute clothes. Loved the planking. ha!

    • PeaceBang

      Loathe everything about this, and him.  I’m in the Extreme Anti-Hipster demographic. 

    • twocee

      Ya know, he always strikes me as the ultimate douche in his pictures (both candid and posed), and these remarks are not changing that opinion.

    • http://twitter.com/HotMessHousWife Sammi M

      Wow, the quotes from him make him sound so serious and boring… which makes me wonder why Emma Stone is dating him, ‘cuz she seems so happy and FUN. Also, some guys can pull off the naked-ankles, but I don’t feel he’s one of them. 

    • ChiliP

      That’s the theme of this photo shoot? Why is he sitting in a field of flowers laughing to himself? Why is he side planking? Why is the cover shot so blurry? Why is he holding up an iPod dock like Rafiki holding Simba on Pride Rock??

    • Lina_bee

      Oh, hey, those 2 shots in the middle are (shockingly for nylon) quite visually interesting. The text…oh child. You don’t accept the role of Peter Parker without getting hit by the fame stick. Actor beware.

    • donkeygospel6

      Hipsters are worse than yuppies because at least yuppies are honest about their bullshit. 

    • Rand Ortega

      Poor man’s Matt Smith. The stink of meh is everywhere.

      • twocee

        That’s an insult to Matt Smith.

    • j_anson

      Oh, lord, do they have him PLANKING?

    • j_anson

      Oh, lord, do they have him PLANKING?

    • SapphoPoet

      LOL. He sounds so young–he’ll grow out of all this. 

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      oh god he sounds like kate winslet when she decided she wanted that oscar.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      I gotta say, this little twerp is slowly but surely losing all the good points he’s earned on The Social Network. He’s like the annoying little brother of Gosling and Gordon-Levitt.

    • http://twitter.com/unflinchingly Lindsey Romain

      I’m not necessarily wowed by his personality, but he’s such a fabulous actor. Like, really, egregiously talented. I can forgive him for his lousy soundbites. I don’t think he sounds as obnoxious as everyone else seems to think – just sort of boring/predictable. 

    • Beardslee

      I think it is entirely reasonable to struggle with ambition and with being the kind of actor (or anything else) you want to be.I think signing up for something and then actually having to do it are two different things, in my experience.
      He’s just being quoted, poor kid.  Thank God nobody was recording my pearls of wisdom when I was his age.  I hate to think what the comments would have been.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I don’t want to be a movie star so bad I went and got myself a huge super hero movie to star in.  You’re already in the Hollywood bubble if your spouting nonsense like this and believe us mere mortals believe it.  He’s found a suit that works well for him, but I’m not loving the pictures. 

    • lordandtaylor

      I just don’t think any of these pics do him justice. He is a good looking guy from what I saw on the Tonys.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      he looks nice sideways, on a rock. perhaps he could stay that way?

    • AuntieAnonny

      Hello, douchebag! 

    • jilly_d

      “I don’t want to be a movie star, but I’m going to go ahead and do this block-busting superhero movie anyway.”  Douche-bells are ringing in my head…..

    • Indovina

      I, for one, completely understand the idea of wanting to be an actor and not wanting to be a movie star, but, what, he’s starring in Spider-Man for the craft?

    • http://essays.tumblr.com/ Nicholas

      I don’t know, I guess that’s the stuff that the hipster crowd that reads Nylon wants to hear. I can practically hear women in Starbucks with oversized glasses sighing unironically into their lattes from the other side of the Atlantic.

    • turtleemily

      The exposure that’s going to come with it
      doesn’t make me happy, and I’ve discovered that I do just want to be an
      actor – I don’t have any interest in being a movie star.

      I think he and Chris Pine should go bitch to each other in a Starbucks someday.

      • Lisa_Cop

        He should go back to the UK and act in Mike Leigh movies.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      When I first glanced at the magazine, I thought it said, “Andrew Garfield Shuts Up,” and I thought, “Goodie!” But, alas…

    • guest2visits

      I just like him better in the more boring shades and traditional men’s wear. But.. maybe it’s cuz I’m twice his age.

    • Mirakel9

      Okay, I don’t get it, he is SO UNATTRACTIVE, what am I missing, seriously??!

    • judybrowni

      Don’t get him, or the Pee Wee Herman-sized suits.

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      What an annoying interview. Oh, ANDREW. PLEASE! nails my assessment too although he is wearing those suits well, and I love his hair.

    • http://www.thatwasnotveryravenofyou.com/ That Was Not Very Raven of You

      Jesus and also Christ. This comment section makes me want to set myself on fire and leap gracefully off the brooklyn bridge. I get that if you read this interview out of context or aren’t a fan of his you might think his comments are studied or delivered with an affectation, but Andrew is introspective and humble and self-critical and painfully honest all the time in press. He just says what’s on his mind in interviews and I love that about him – he doesn’t give out canned publicist-approved soundbites. And yeah yeah, poor little famous guy, but the fact is that he decided to do this movie because Spider-Man was his hero since he was three years old – not because he wanted to make a blockbuster and get a big paycheck (which he didn’t – he was paid 500k for this movie, compared to the 50 million they were going to pay Tobey to do another one).  He’s always said he was very trepidatious about how dramatically it would change his life and I think that’s pretty reasonable for someone who came from a London stage background at the time he was cast in this role. Basically, shut up. Andrew is a delight and also looks great in pants.

      • http://orangtunes.blogspot.com BIG MAC

        I wish more people would realize that he is often quoted out of context and even in pictures is arguably shown out of context too. If you don’t have the whole interview to judge him on then you can’t really come out with such a backlash against him. Because a lot of people sound like asses when you quote them without any context too. Its ok to dislike, but I get a bit uncomfortable reading the comments and seeing that it almost just seems like slander with no reason other than a few pictures of him. 

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          Yes, it “almost seems like slander” to quote someone directly — TO A FANGURL.

          Lighten up, honey. This probably isn’t the site for you.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

         You shut up. Highly paid actors can stand to come in for a little ridicule now and then. If you don’t like it, there’s the door.

        • http://www.thatwasnotveryravenofyou.com/ That Was Not Very Raven of You

          TLo! Let’s not be in a fight! I don’t mind what you wrote at all – there is nothing wrong with some ridicule (I make fun of Andrew all the time). I was in a rage blackout over this comment section, where everyone seems to have taken this ridicule completely seriously and made an instant judgement that Andrew is a terrible person. Which is absurd.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

             That’s rather a far cry from telling everyone to shut up.

            • http://www.thatwasnotveryravenofyou.com/ That Was Not Very Raven of You

              I was being sassy. I think you know a thing or two about that.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              Leave it to the pros.

      • Moanica

        lmao so reading the comments made you “want to set yourself on fire and leap gracefully off of the brooklyn bridge” and yet it’s other people taking YOUR comment too seriously. Riiiiiight. Get off the internet, honey. You’re in too deep.

        (TandLo, please keep roasting Andrew Garfield during this TASM nightmare. He seems like he could use a good shake.

    • Markatha

      Don’t get him or the attraction.  He looks terrible in Spiderman.

    • lesmaha

      pretty insufferable.

    • http://twitter.com/poptartsjen Pop Tarts Jen

      Ha ha ha, what an ass! 

      Seriously, he’s not really my type (I like my men beefy) but he’s cute. I think he’ll be a good Spider-man, especially since this remake has 50% more emo-hipster angst.

    • http://twitter.com/pag_baj Paige Boerman

      He sounds so damn pretentious, but is making those outfits work for him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Sponge/100000465550991 Bob Sponge

      Maybe he needn’t worry so much. The new Spidey movie sure is getting him a lot of attention. But I have strong feeling it is going to flop.

    • minnye

      I like the energy of the pictures. To me, most actors sound like asses in interviews. It’s the nature of the beast. {shrugs}

    • Susan Crawford

      Despite the usual editorial actor-quotes douchebaggery, I think Andrew Garfield is so darn cute! That photo of him sitting in a flower-strewn meadow in his adorable blue shoes – it just makes me purr.

    • http://twitter.com/kerrymccombs Kerry McCombs

      I love him. He’s adorable and he can ACT. He will always have my heart after his performance in Never Let Me Go. He’s literally won me over for life with that one.

    • granddelusion

      dress pants need a belt.

    • ccm800

      AND…firmly into the gross column for me. UGH!

    • Utpd

      He is SO FUGLY that make me PUKE.