19 Feb 2022

Andrew Garfield speaks on challenges of fame and pain of grief

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

He’s perhaps best known for his role as the life saving superhero Spiderman but in his new film, Tick Tick… Boom, Andrew Garfield plays a struggling composer tortured by the fact he can’t prevent his friends dying one after the other.

Set in New York at the height of the Aids epidemic. It’s the true story of Jonathan Larson whose musical Rent revolutionised musical theatre.

The theme of “running out of time” was especially acute for Garfield after his mother passed away just before filming began.

Garfield has received an Oscar nomination in the Best Actor category for his role in the movie.

He spoke to Jackie Long about art, the challenges of fame and the pain of grief.