Andrew Garfield is in a great moment in his career. Not only did he become a Golden Globe winner for his work on Tick, Tick… Boom! (and will almost certainly be nominated for a second Oscar award), he also reverted to his superhero costume to appear in the highest-grossing film of 2021.
However, we know that the trajectory of an actor is not at all easy and that it takes many years to reach a point where they can say they have a consolidated career. During those years, the actors accept any interesting project in which they get that special opportunity that will launch them to stardom. At one point, Andrew thought that one of the most beloved sagas of your childhood would be that project that would take his career to new levels.
Do you remember Prince Caspian?
While the movie The Chronicles of Narnia never reached the level of popularity of other fantasy franchises like Harry Potter The The Lord of the rings, We cannot deny that, at the time, it was a very interesting proposal and that it left us memorable characters such as the lion Aslan, the Pevensie brothers and, of course, Prince Caspian, played by the handsome actor Ben Barnes, who also He has appeared in Marvel projects, but he chose to go side by side with the villains.
It turns out that Andrew was about to be part of the magical franchise, because he almost got the character of Caspian! And boy, was the actor dying to play the prince. In fact, he went a long way in the process of casting, to the extent that the final candidates were him and Ben.
“I was totally desperate”
Obviously, we already know who had the opportunity to play the prince. However, Andrew did not let this affect him much, and in the year the tape was released he appeared on The Boleyn sisters, film in which he had the opportunity to work with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. In addition, two years later, in 2010, he starred in Red Social with Jesse Eisenberg, a film that was crucial to the development of his career.
I remember being totally desperate. I auditioned for Prince Caspian in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and I thought, ‘This could be it. This could be’. And that handsome, brilliant actor, Ben Barnes, ended up getting the part. I think the decision was between him and me, and I remember that I was obsessed.
Why didn’t you get the part?
Of course he was left wondering what the deciding factor had been that caused him to lose the role of Prince Caspian. The answer may come as a surprise to you, as Andrew was not cast due to the producers not believing that he was attractive enough to play the brave and handsome prince.
I was obsessed with knowing why they hadn’t chosen me, and my agent was dragging my feet, he wanted to protect me, but eventually he gave in to my insistence and said, ‘It’s because they don’t think you’re handsome enough, Andrew.’ Ben Barnes is a very handsome and talented man; In hindsight, I am not unhappy with the decision and I think it did a very beautiful job.