Andrew Garfield: 'I Fell In Love With Jesus Christ'

Jan 11, 2017 by Will Maule

Actor Andrew Garfield has spoken of his profound experience of God whilst preparing for a lead part in the Christian persecution blockbuster 'Silence.' The movie, just released in cinemas, sees Garfield play Jesuit Priest Father Sebastião Rodrigues, and follows him embarking on a mission to Japan to rescue a fellow minister. 

"What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ. That was the most surprising thing," he said in an interview with Jesuit Brendan Busse for America Magazine. "There were so many things in the Exercises that changed me and transformed me, that showed me who I was...and where I believe God wants me to be," said Garfield.

Garfield would not have classed himself as a Christian before taking the role in 'Silence,' but this experience chaged everything for him. "Films were really my church," he said. "As a young kid it was movies and books; it was nothing remarkable really, just that is where I felt soothed, that is where I felt most myself...safest."

He says it is time to lift high the name of Jesus in everyday society.  "I felt so bad for [Jesus] and angry on his behalf when I finally did meet him, because everyone has given him such a bad name... And he has been used for so many dark things."

He also explained his personal encounters with God through prayer. "The main thing that I wanted to heal, that I brought to Jesus, that I brought to the Exercises, was this feeling of not-enough-ness," he said. "This feeling of that forever longing for the perfect expression of this thing that is inside each of us. That wound of not-enough-ness. That wound of feeling like what I have to offer is never enough."

"This is my sincere prayer," Garfield said to Busse. "I'm praying that I'm freer to offer myself vulnerably...and that these other voices, whether they're internal or external, don't have the same power over that flame, over the ability to offer that purest, vulnerable, cracked open heart...in service of God, in service of the greater good, in service of love, in service of the divine. I feel like this is what God is showing me."

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