After lead actor named Will Smith shook viewers around the world with his onstage assault on comedian Chris Rock, Garfield was seen trying to subtly use his phone under a table in a moment that s quickly turned into a meme.
“I feel so bad because Kevin Costner is presenting the nominees to the director in the most beautiful and elegant way, and I’m like, ‘There’s no way I’m on camera during this,'” “Spider-Man” star “The View” said during a Thursday appearance on the talk show.
“And everyone is texting me, you know, asking me, you know, what they were asking me, like what’s the vibe in the room. At that point, my friends took over Kevin. But I feel really bad about it.
Although Garfield didn’t acknowledge the slap directly, the director category took place after the incident, and “The View” co-host Joy Behar said she could “read between the lines.” Garfield could only laugh in response.
He adamantly declined to comment on the slap, saying, “All possible versions of the discussion took place.”
The actor, who earned his second Oscar nomination this year for his performance in ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’ announced this week that he would be taking a break to “recalibrate and reconsider what I want to do next and who I want to be and just be a bit of a person for a while.”