Like All of Us, Andrew Garfield Just Really Wants Some Time Off

Unlike all of us, he can probably afford to take some. We're happy for him, we swear!
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Over the course of a year, Andrew Garfield has played Spider-Man, Jim Bakker, Jonathan Larson, and most recently, a Mormon detective at the center of a grisly true crime murder. Some people would call that massive range. Garfield would likely call it something more akin to exhausting. In a conversation with Variety's Marc Malkin, Garfield opened up about the rigmarole of taking on so many meaty roles in such a short period of time, citing that he needs to take a step back from acting to "just be a bit ordinary for a while."

"I’m going to rest for a little bit,” the two-time Oscar nominee said to Malkin. “I need to recalibrate and reconsider what I want to do next and who I want to be and just be a bit of a person for a while. Because as you know, that is a washing machine, that awards season.” Garfield's second nomination came from his critically acclaimed performance as Jonathan Larson in Lin-Manuel Miranda's movie musical adaptation of Tick, Tick... Boom.

Garfield's dramatic turn in Under the Banner of Heavenout this week on Hulu—features him in the fictional role of Jeb Pyre, a detective who has his own crisis of faith as he dives into the complexity of the murder of Brenda and Erica Lafferty. "I think on this one... all of us in the cast really had to [decompress] more than ever in order to go back the next day," Garfield says of the role. "We had to keep on taking care of ourselves so that we could take care of the story."

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As for any kind of long term break, don't expect him to be gone for too long. But considering the heft of the roles he's helmed over the past year (convicted felon, alleged sexual assaulter, theater phenom who died the night before his first major show) you'd want to take a break too.

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