Andrew Garfield is facing criticism for claiming to be ‘a gay man just without the physical stuff’

People are not happy with his comments

Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde

Andrew Garfield has come under fire for his recent comments about sexuality while promoting his latest theatre role. The 33 year-old British actor is currently playing Prior Walter, a gay man suffering from AIDS in the 1980s, in Tony Kushner’s award-winning play, Angels in America.

The production at the National Theatre in London has been popular amongst theatre-goers, but when Andrew spoke about how – as a straight male – he felt about taking the role, it really didn’t go down well.

The Gay Times reports that during a Q&A panel, Andrew said: ‘As far as I know, I am not a gay man. 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?

‘I had to trust that it was the right thing and Tony [Kushner] had asked me and maybe if he’d asked me, it was the right thing. It was as about doing honour, doing justice and knowing my herstory.’

However, it was his reported comments about his preparation for the play that has offended the LGBT community. Andrew said he spoke to ‘friends in the gay community’ and watched ‘every single series’ of RuPaul’s Drag Race to get into character.

‘This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act – that’s all,’ he said.

Many took to Twitter to accuse the actor for cultural appropriation, with actor Scott Evans tweeting: ‘You’re a talented guy, but you seem to be completely oblivious to what is coming out of your mouth.’

Another outraged Twitter user wrote: ‘Andrew Garfield, pulling a James Franco while discussing acting in Angels in America. Straight actors, please stop this nonsense.’

Andrew is yet to comment on what he said during the interview, but we will update you as soon as he does.

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