What Was It Like Working Under David Fincher? Andrew Garfield Reveals!

Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield has opened up about what it was really like to work with David Fincher while filming The Social Network. The film was written by Aaron Sorkin and was directed by Fincher. The movie sees the rise of Facebook, the social media platform, by its founder Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg while Garfield plays the role of Eduardo Saverin, who is the co-founder and later got pushed out of the business.

Released in 2010 to a lot of critical acclaim for its direction, writing, and acting, the film got nominated for various Academy Awards, with Sorkin winning the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Even Andrew Garfield earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor. This role of Garfield’s later helped him to grab the role of Spider-Man in the reboot series by Marc Webb.

Andrew Garfield in The Social Network
Andrew Garfield in The Social Network

While appearing in an interview with GQ, Garfield answered a few of his fans’ most interesting questions. When asked about David Fincher’s way of direction and methods on taking multiple shoots during the filming of The Social Network.

Here’s Andrew Garfield’s response:

“So there’s something about how Fincher works, where actually doing [a take] millions of times means you have it in your bones and in your body in such a deep way that you don’t have to think anymore, and you’re just present with your fellow scene partner. And it creates these very lived-in, simple, truthful performances. And then you’re working opposite great actors like Jesse Eisenberg, and you just tune into each other. It becomes this alive, unconscious kind of dance. You know, when you repeat a word over and over again, it becomes meaningless, and then like, you lose yourself. That’s what Fincher is looking for. Actually, there’s a method to that madness.”

David Fincher
David Fincher

Garfield believes that the entire process of taking multiple takes under someone like David Fincher allowed a more authentic approach to capturing all the characters. Apart from this, the chemistry shared by actors onscreen becomes the deciding factor, which leaves an audience gripped with the film’s emotional weight. If this is performed poorly, then it fails to impress the critics or audiences.

Andrew Garfield will be seen next in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tik, Tik…. Boom! is the autobiography of American composer Jonathan Larson best known for his RENT, which was a musical Broadway. This role will certainly allow Garfield to continue showing his depth as an actor.

Vasu Sharma
Vasu Sharma

Vasu Sharma is the Content Head at Animated Times, supervising the Editorial Board at Animated Times. He's 25 years old and has done his master's in journalism from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.

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