Andrew Garfield almost got Prince Caspian role in ‘Narnia’ movies
- Andrew Garfield has stated that he really wants to play Prince Caspian in the “Chronicles of Narnia” movies.
- Garfield told Entertainment Tonight that it was him and Ben Barnes who got the part.
- Garfield’s agent told him he didn’t get the part because he wasn’t considered “good-looking enough.”
Andrew Garfield said he almost landed a role in a movie franchise based on a popular book series, but was told he wasn’t attractive enough.
“I remember I was so desperate,” Garfield said when asked to discuss a setback in his career in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I auditioned for Prince Caspian in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and I was like ‘This could be it, this could be this.’ And this handsome, brilliant actor Ben Barnes ended up getting the part. “
The “Spider-Man: No Way Home” star continued, “I think it was up to me and him, and I remember I was obsessed.”
Garfield said he kept asking, “Why not me? And begged his agent to give him an honest answer as to why he ultimately didn’t get the part.
“She finally broke under my incessant lamentations and said, ‘It’s because they don’t think you are handsome enough, Andrew,'” the actor recalls.
“Ben Barnes is a very handsome and talented man,” Garfield added. “So in retrospect, I’m not unhappy with the decision and I think he did a great job.”
The first movie “Narnia” was released in 2005, based on a fantasy novel written by CS Lewis about four siblings who enter a magical land through a closet.
The 2008 sequel, titled “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” centered around the main character teaming up with the Pevensie siblings to overthrow an evil ruler.
Barnes, who is now known for his roles in “Westworld” and “Shadow and Bone,” played the role of Prince Caspian in the 2008 film and the sequel that came out two years later, titled “The Chronicles of Narnia: The journey of the dawn ferryman. “
In his interview with ET, Garfield said he experienced a “great period of unemployment” before he made it to Hollywood.
“I had a year and a half to wait and work at Starbucks,” he said, listing the odd jobs he had to do to make ends meet.
Although Garfield did not land the role of Prince Caspian, he received positive reviews for his roles in the films “Boy A” and “Lions for Lambs”.
His groundbreaking performance as Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin on “The Social Network” in 2010 alongside Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, earned the actor his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a movie.
Two years later, he made his debut as Spider-Man / Peter Parker in a “Spider-Man” reboot with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. The two reprized their roles for a sequel released in 2014.
Garfield went on to win an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as a WWII medic in “Hacksaw Ridge” and won a Tony for his lead role on the Broadway show “Angels in. America “.
He reprized his role as Spider-Man in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” to rave reviews, and recently won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the late “Rent” songwriter and playwright Jonathan Larson in “Tick , Tick … Boom! “