Andrew Garfield faces backlash after stating that he's gay 'without the physical act'


Andrew Garfield is facing some major backlash following comments he made on Monday, in which he said, "I am a gay man right now, just without the physical act."

The 33-year-old actor, who is currently starring as Prior Walter in a London production of Angels in America, opened up about how he prepared for his role as a gay man during a Q&A panel.

"As far as I know, I am not a gay man," the actor said, according to Gay Times Magazine. "Maybe I'll have an awakening later in my life, which I'm sure will be wonderful and I'll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I'm secluded to my area."

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Garfield went on to explain that he was concerned that he didn't have a right "to play this wonderful gay role," since he does not identify as gay, and said that performing the part was about "doing honor, doing justice and knowing my herstory."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Andrew Garfield arrives at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Andrew Garfield attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Presley Ann Slack/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Andrew Garfield (L) and Russell Tovey attend the official After Party Dinner for the EE British Academy Film Awards at Grosvenor House on February 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Andrew Garfield attends the BAFTA nominees party on February 11, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Andrew Garfield attends the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at Royal Albert Hall on February 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Andrew Garfield attends a pre BAFTA party hosted by Charles Finch and Chanel at Annabel's on February 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Andrew Garfield attends a pre BAFTA party hosted by Charles Finch and Chanel at Annabel's on February 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Actor Andrew Garfield attends the screening of 'Hacksaw Ridge' at Picturehouse Central on January 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Andrew Garfield (L) and Gary Barlow attend a dinner co-hosted by Harvey Weinstein, Burberry & Evgeny Lebedev ahead of the 2017 BAFTA film awards in partnership with Grey Goose at Little House Mayfair on February 10, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Andrew Garfield seen at BBC Radio 2 Studios promoting new movie 'Hacksaw Ridge' on January 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Andrew Garfield arrives at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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In detailing the ways in which he has been preparing for the iconic part, Garfield mentioned that he has been dedicating a lot of time to watching RuPaul's Drag Race, and explained that, every Sunday, he would "have eight friends over, and we would just watch Ru."

"This is my life outside of this play," Garfield explained. "I am a gay man right now, just without the physical act—that's all."

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While the intent behind Garfield's off-handed remarks is up for debate, many were offended by the statement, arguing that the star was suggesting that watching Drag Race was the extent of gay culture. The argument was also made that Garfield's comments reflected an attitude of cultural appropriation and historical ignorance.

Actor Scott Evans responded to the actors comments on Twitter, writing, "Ur a talented guy,but seem to be completely oblivious to what is coming out of ur mouth."

Another user wrote that Garfield "has a very limited view of what being gay ACTUALLY is."

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actors Andrew Garfield (L) and Emma Stone of the cast of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' answer questions from fans during a SiriusXM 'Town Hall' special with host Jamie Foxx on SiriusXM's The Foxxhole channel at the SiriusXM Studio on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

US/British actor Andrew Garfield (R) and US actress Emma Stone pose during a photocall for the film The Amazing Spiderman 2 prior to the German premiere of the film in Berlin on April 15, 2014.  

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield at 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro' photocall on March 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images)
Spiderman movie actors Emma Stone (R) and Andrew Garfield attend the world premiere of 'The Amazing Spider-man' in Tokyo on June 13, 2012. Cast members attended the premiere of the latest spiderman movie. (Photo credit: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/GettyImages)
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