Andrew Garfield was bypassed in favor of another British actor for the role of Prince Caspian in the series “Chronicles of Narnia”.
Garfield, 38, admitted to Entertainment tonight that he was actually in the running to play the royal mystic, a role that ultimately went to Ben Barnes.
The “Amazing Spider-Man” actor said he was “desperate” to join the franchise based on CS Lewis’ famous fantasy book series. However, the casting team reportedly believed Garfield wasn’t good-looking enough for the role.
“I remember I was so desperate. I auditioned for Prince Caspian in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and I was like ‘This could be this, this could be this,’ ”Garfield told ET.
The ‘Eyes of Tammy Faye’ star continued, “And this handsome, brilliant actor Ben Barnes ended up getting the part. I think it was because of me and him, and I remember I was obsessed.
Garfield then asked his agent why he didn’t get the coveted role, he recalls. “Why not me? She ended up collapsing under my relentless harassment and she said, ‘It’s because they don’t think you’re handsome enough, Andrew,” Garfield revealed.
“Ben Barnes is a very handsome and talented man,” he noted. “So in retrospect, I’m not unhappy with the decision and I think he did a great job.”
The first film “Chronicles of Narnia” was released in 2005, and its sequel “Prince Caspian” hit theaters in 2008. The film series ended its trilogy with the 2010 film “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.
Garfield starred in other films at the time of the sequel’s release, such as the 2007 dramas “Boy A” and “Lions for Lambs”.
The Oscar nominee also told ET he experienced a “big period of unemployment” before becoming a big star.
“I had a year and a half to wait and work at Starbucks,” he said, revealing the jobs he needed to make money before getting movie roles.
The actor is currently garnering high praise for his recent roles as “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson in Netflix’s “Tick, Tick… BOOM” and has reprized his role as Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: No Way. Home ”from the MCU.
In an interview with The Wrap, he admitted lying about his secret role in the Marvel movie was fun. “It was stressful, I’m not going to lie. It was rather stressful but also strangely pleasant.
“It was like this massive werewolf game that I was playing with reporters and with people guessing, and it was a lot of fun,” he said.
“There were times when I thought to myself, ‘God, I hate to lie’. I don’t like to lie and I’m not a good liar, but I continued to present it as a game. And I continued to imagine myself purely as a fan of this character, which is not. hard to do, ”Garfield added.
New York Post