Consider that Drew Barrymore was unimpressed with at least some of Andrew Garfield’s method acting choices during the making of Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” Garfield told Marc Maron in August that he abstained from sex for six months to play a Jesuit priest in the Scorsese religious drama. Barrymore’s reaction? “So yes?”
Garfield’s preparation for “Silence” came on the September 20 episode of “The Drew Barrymore Show” (via Decision maker), with co-host Ross Matthews joking, “I abstain from sex, I mean, I’ve been doing that my whole 20s, right?” Barrymore said back, ‘What’s wrong with me that six months doesn’t seem very long? I was like, ‘Yeah, right?’”
“We buried the lede there, that’s the headline,” Matthews added. “Drew can go six months, no problem.”
Barrymore later named Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey as actors who practice method acting with strong results. Barrymore said she understands why actors need to “transform and fully commit” to a character while filming.
“I certainly [did]”On certain projects, like when I did ‘Grey Gardens,’ I did this movie where I played the beloved real woman Edie Beale,” Barrymore added. “I was so nervous that I didn’t really chat with everyone on set, I just stayed in my character.”
Speaking on Maron’s “WTF” podcast, Garfield said there are “a lot of misconceptions about what method acting is,” adding, “People still behave that way, and it’s not about a being an asshole to everyone on set, it’s really just about living truthfully under imagined circumstances, while being really nice to the crew, and being a normal human being, and being able to drop it when needed and into it to stay when you want to stay in it.
Garfield went celibate and fasted for long periods during the six months of preparation for ‘Silence’.
“I’m a bit bothered by the idea that ‘methodacting is fucking bullshit,'” Garfield added. “No, I don’t think you know what method acting is if you call it bullshit, or you’ve just worked with someone who claims to be a method actor who doesn’t actually act the method at all. It is also very private. I don’t want people seeing the damn pipes of my toilet. I don’t want them to see me making the sausage.”