Andrew Garfield is many things — Golden Globe winning actor, webslinger and a really good liar to name a few — and apparently not handsome enough to be in the Narnia films is one of them.
First of all, the assumption that Andrew Garfield isn’t handsome is preposterous and I need to speak with whoever told him this immediately.
Andrew Garfield was passed over the role of Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia series in favour of Ben Barnes, who the role ultimately went to.
He recently told Entertainment Tonight that he was “desperate” to be in the movies based on the books by C.S. Lewis, but the casting team reportedly just didn’t think he was good looking enough.
“I remember I was so desperate. I auditioned for Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia and I thought ‘this could be it, this could be it’,” he revealed. “And that handsome, brilliant actor Ben Barnes ended up getting the role. I think it was down to me and him, and I remember I was obsessed.”
After losing out on the role, Garfield pestered his agent to find out why he didn’t get the role, asking: “Why me? She eventually just broke under my incessant nagging and she was like, ‘It’s because they don’t think you’re handsome enough, Andrew.”
“Ben Barnes is a very handsome, talented man,” Garfield added. “So in retrospect, I’m not unhappy with the decision and I think he did a beautiful job.”
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Lately however, Garfield has gotten a tremendous amount of praise for his work on screen. This week, he received a Golden Globe for his performance as Johnathan Larson in the critically acclaimed Tick, Tick… Boom! and has been all the buzz following his (spoiler) appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home, where fans have been petitioning for Sony Pictures to give Andrew Garfield the third Amazing Spider-Man movie he deserves.