THEDAILYBEAST.COM – The actor sat down with Marlow Stern at the Toronto Film Festival to discuss his latest, 99 Homes—a commentary on the housing crisis, the 99 percent, and greed.
“You look like the Unabomber.” Those are the first words that slip out of my mouth when I greet Andrew Garfield at a hotel suite in Downtown Toronto. The typically fresh-faced, photogenic 31-year-old actor is sporting a bushy, unkempt, downright Biblical-looking beard. It is, he says, for a role as a 17th century priest in the upcoming Martin Scorsese film Silence, which is in pre-production. He’ll star opposite Liam Neeson and Adam Driver as a trio of bible-thumpers who travel to Japan to spread the gospel.
But the man otherwise known as Peter Parker/Spider-Man is here at the Toronto Film Festival to unveil his latest film, 99 Homes. Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, the movie centers on Dennis Nash (Garfield), a carpenter-father who, after being evicted from his home, chooses to disregard his moral compass and work for the rapacious real-estate broker (Michael Shannon) who had him evicted in order to reclaim his house. The foreclosure-drama is a fascinating study of greed and class warfare, boasting excellent turns by Garfield and Shannon.
Unruly beard aside, Garfield is a surprisingly introspective fella—which perhaps explains the complex characters he chooses to tackle onscreen, from a reformed killer in Boy A to the Abel to Mark Zuckerberg’s Cain in The Social Network to the aforementioned web-slinger.
What attracted you to 99 Homes? I understand you have dual citizenship, but it’s a pretty American story.
I think it’s a Western, capitalist story where people are being treated like figures on a page and not being recognized as flesh and blood and noble, as we all are. The situation that Dennis Nash finds himself in, and that we all find ourselves in in this culture right now, is that our nobility is not being seen, encouraged, or revered. We’re all very, very separate, and all hungry animals terrified of not eating. The post-Industrial Revolution capitalist system was set up with the best of intentions, but it’s been morphed, taken apart, and put back together until a handful of people are billionaires and the rest are struggling. There was some healing that had to be done in my family and with me being a man in this system.
TORONTOSUN.COM – Will Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man be swinging his way into the upcoming Sinister Six movie? The answer to that question depends on how you read between the webs.
In Toronto for the Canadian premiere of the mortgage crisis drama 99 Homes at the Toronto International Film Festival, a bearded and contemplative Garfield gently deflected a question about 2016’s The Sinister Six, which will focus on the wall-crawler’s most infamous villains. The bad guy spinoff is being written and directed by Drew Goddard, who was behind the 2012 comedy-horror The Cabin in the Woods.
Sony Pictures recently announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be pushed back to a 2018 release, with The Sinister Six (and possibly a separate spinoff focused on the Spider-Man villain Venom) coming to theatres first.
But how do you have Spider-Man villains without Spider-Man?
“I know more than I’m allowed to say right now,” Garfield told us.
“I can say I’m really excited about Drew Goddard, who’s going to be writing and directing The Sinister Six movie. And whether I’m involved in that or not is kind of immaterial.”
Erm, Spider-fans may beg to differ on the immaterial part…
“I don’t know if I should say anything right now. But Drew is really exciting. Did you see Cabin in the Woods? Did you like it?”
We did see it and we did like it, although we wish we’d known less about the movie going in, as it would have heightened the surprises and twists.
“Exactly,” Garfield said with a grin. “Hence, me not telling you s— about that.”
Spin your own conclusions, true believers.
Along with the premiere of the film, the press conference for 99 Homes was also held at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday. Thanks to Luciana and Holly, we now have HQ images from the event, as well as some additional pictures from the premiere itself. Also we have a gorgeous portrait shot thanks to Claudia.
Public Appearances > 2014 > Sep 09 – “99 Homes” TIFF Press Conference
Public Appearances > 2014 > Sep 08 – “99 Homes” TIFF Premiere
Photoshoots & Portraits > Set 048
Yesterday Andrew Garfield made an appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival where he attended two events – the Variety Studios, and the premiere of his latest film, 99 Homes. HQ images from both events are now up in the gallery. More updates coming soon!
Public Appearances > 2014 > Sep 08 – TIFF Variety Studio
Public Appearances > 2014 > Sep 08 – “99 Homes” TIFF Premiere
You may have noticed that the gallery has been tweaked quite a lot over the past few days – I’ve been busy replacing the majority of the LQ images with HQ versions and adding lots of additional images to the Public Appearances section of the gallery, which has an additional 2,000 pictures now available for you guys to view. I’ve also tweaked the theme here to make it more streamlined, and put up a matching layout in the gallery.
As my final addition to the gallery (for now!) I’ve added lots of missing stills and posters from Andrew’s various television and film projects over the years, and replaced several images with higher-quality versions. Enjoy!
Film Productions > Last Uploads
Yesterday was the world premiere of Andrew Garfield’s latest film 99 Homes as part of the Venice Film Festival, and is already generating rave reviews from the critics. High-quality images from both the photocall and the premiere are now up in the gallery.
Public Appearances > 2014 > Aug 29 | “99 Homes” Venice Photocall
Public Appearances > 2014 > Aug 29 | “99 Homes” Venice Premiere
The first clip from 99 Homes has been released today ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival this weekend, along with the official synopsis and a statement from director Ramin Bahrani:
Around the world, everyone knows that honest hard work gets you nowhere. In sunny Orlando, Florida, construction worker Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home by a charismatic, gun-toting real-estate broker Mike Carver (Michael Shannon), and is forced to move his mom (Laura Dern) and young son into a shabby motel. Then, an unexpected opportunity arises and Nash strikes a deal with the devil – he begins working for Carver in a desperate attempt to get his home back. Carver seduces Nash into a risky world of stealing from banks and the government. Nash makes big money; but there’s a cost. On Carver’s orders, Nash must evict honest families from their homes – just as it happened to him. With his conscience tearing him apart and an incredibly lucrative 1,000 home deal on the line, Nash will have to choose between destroying an honest man for the ultimate win or going against Carver and finding redemption
Here’s the director’s statement:
The 99% is a global phenomenon. The common man around the world can no longer do hard honest work and expect to thrive against systematic greed and corruption. When faced by the firing squad, does a man join hands with his executioner? Is there any choice to make other than a deal with the devil?
The gallery has just been updated with over 1350 Blu-Ray quality screen captures of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man from this summer’s comic book film The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Please note that there are major spoilers if you haven’t seen the film yet.
Film & Television Productions > The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) > Screen Captures (Blu-Ray)