Marvel Actor Tells Why He Starved Himself

( Marvel actor Andrew Garfield acknowledged that he deprived himself of “sex and food” to prepare for his role as a Jesuit priest in the 17th century in the 2016 film “Silence.”

On Monday’s “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast, the 39-year-old actor was interviewed about his method of acting. The host asked Garfield about his “trippy experiences” while he was celibate for six months before the film’s production.

I devised new rituals, engaged in various spiritual activities each day, was celibate for six months, and frequently fasted, Garfield revealed.

It was incredible, he said. “During that time, I deprived myself of sex and food and had some very wild, hallucinogenic experiences.”

According to Page Six, “The Amazing Spider-Man” actor revealed that he spent a year training for the role under “friend and spiritual director” Jesuit author Father James Martin.

To get ready for his part in the Martin Scorsese movie, the famous actor claimed that Martin guided him through a number of “spiritual exercises” and helped him understand Catholicism.

Garfield has experience playing characters with religious backgrounds. In the 2016 film “Hacksaw Ridge,” he was best known for portraying American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, a conscientious objector, and real-life World War II hero.

According to an IMDb summary, Doss served during the Battle of Okinawa, declined to kill civilians, and became the only man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

At one point, the star of “The Social Network” defended method acting and its “misconceptions.”

He said he believes there have been many misconceptions about what method acting is. It’s not about being an a**hole to everyone on set.

Garfield said it’s actually just a matter of acting honorably in fictitious situations while being genuinely kind to the team. Additionally, you need to be able to ditch it when you have to and stay in it when you want to be a normal human being.