It's a brutal world where you constantly feel dehumanized, unappreciated and unaccepted. And Andrew Garfield has clearly had enough, as his "f*** it" interview with The Huffington Post proves.
And despite the fact that the interview, in part, makes me think — in a very sarcastic manner — "Oh, poor you," Garfield also has a striking and noteworthy point.
Our society is riddled with overly sensitive Twitter outcries, commenting trolls and an unrealistic expectation that we have the ability to make 140 characters elegant and poignant. It's unfair, especially for celebrities who are the most scrutinized in this hyper-aware and available world.
"I have no desire for any of it," Garfield said of fame. "I wouldn't wish it on anyone. It's a strange thing, because I get into a lot of conversations with paparazzi in attempts to just break down the barrier of the camera and say, 'Hey, just so you know, I don't like this. You are going to do what you're going to do and I know it's tough out here and we all have to make a living.'"
He said that that conversation led to the realization that no one is winning in the celebrity culture. He said one paparazzi photog even told him, "Thank you for talking to us, because most people treat us like trash. Our bosses treat us like trash, you guys usually treat us like trash."
Garfield added, "She exposed something so vulnerable and raw to me, and we ended up having this beautiful, proper and deep conversation, underneath all of the defensive walls, about grief and pain and how f***ed up this situation we're all in is."
But the takeaway from Garfield's interview is that he really isn't saying, "f*** it." Rather, the stress of the day-to-day being in the spotlight is weighing on him whether he realizes it or not.
"It goes back to branding," Garfield explained of the current mindset. "It's, 'I'm much more concerned with being popular, being liked, getting an award, being perceived in this way, than just getting in the f***ing muck of what it is to be a person and actually offering something that has soul back to the world.' And I know that in myself — I know my own temptation toward being driven by temptations and desires, by the thing of like, 'I want to be more than I am. I want to win,' whatever the f*** that is."
Garfield also said, "But to me, it's like actors should be the most human of all of us, because we are the ones supposedly reflecting humanity and being the vessels for what it is to be a person, with all of the ugliness and beauty and confusion and messiness that it is to be a human being — the absurdity and the tragedy. So we, as actors, should be the most relatable human beings in the world, whereas it's become this weird thing where they're unreachable. That's not acting to me. That's celebrity or self-worship or self-aggrandizement."
And while Garfield hates interviews, red carpets, all that comes with fame and even, probably, this article, which he would call "quote splicing," I'm going to go ahead, take his life advice, and say, "F*** it."
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