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21st Sep 2022

Drew Barrymore says she was nonplussed by Andrew Garfield’s celibacy claims

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Garfield said he went six months without sex when preparing for ‘Silence’

Drew Barrymore had an unexpected reaction to Andrew Garfield’s recent claim that he abstained for sex for six months before filming Martin Scorcese’s 2016 film Silence.

Last month, Garfield weighed in on the ongoing debate around method acting on the popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron.

Recalling his own experience with method acting, Garfield described his approach to playing a Jesuit priest in the 17th century in Silence.

“I did a bunch of spiritual practices every day, I created new rituals, I was celibate for six months and I was fasting a lot,” Garfield said.

“I’m kind of bothered by this idea that ‘method acting is f***ing bulls***’,: the 39-year-old actor said, adding, “No, I don’t think you know what method acting is if you’re calling it bulls***, or you just worked with someone who claims to be a method actor who isn’t actually acting the method at all.”

Commenting on the revelations in her latest episode of The Drew Barrymore Show, the actor said she was pretty nonplussed about Garfield’s disclosure.

When Ross Matthews, who co-hosts the “Drew’s News” segment with Barrymore, joked he “abstained” from sex “my entire twenties”, the Charlie’s Angel star quipped: “What’s wrong with me that six months doesn’t seem like a very long time? I was like, ‘Yeah so?’”

To which, Matthews replied: “We buried the lede there, that’s the headline. Drew can go six months, no big deal.”

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