“Suddenly everything becomes a miracle.”
If you think Andrew Garfield isn’t perfect already, here’s another reason to fall in love with him. In The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he most eloquently talked about his experience preparing for his role as a Jesuit.
It was all new to him, almost like being an actual Jesuit in training, but he was left in awe. He talked about how beautiful it was to find everything in the world with love and possibilities.
Netizens took to social media saying they have found a ‘new level of respect’ for him after watching the interview.
Preparing for the Silence, Andrew Garfield studied the theology and history of the Jesuit order. However the one thing that absolutely inspired him was going through the 12-Step Ignatian Spiritual Exercises during his week of silence.
In these exercises, you place yourself in specific parts of Jesus’ life and reflect how these events are also present in your life today. This process, he found, was the inspiration for many modern spiritual reflections and even for Stanislavski’s well-known method of modern acting.
From Andrew Garfield’s account, this reflection is not constrained to only believers of the Christian faith. It is a simple yet amazing experience that builds the idea of love in all things.
On certainty and doubt
“I think a life of faith isn’t a life of certainty. A life of faith is a life of doubt.” This was Andrew Garfield’s reply when asked if it was ‘comforting or terrifying knowing an afterlife existed’.
For the actor, it is essential for the human person to doubt because certainty is such a dangerous thing to encounter. When people start imposing what is right, it is terrifying to know that we humans are capable of such selfishness.
Following the 1966 novel, Silence follows the journey of two Jesuits who search for their missing mentor in Japan. They understand the current cultural happenings in the foreign land yet chose to go through the mission anyway. The Togukawa shogunate blocked off all Western ideas from their people, so those who were already practicing Christianity, if found, were severely persecuted. It is the story of constant doubt and the longing for absolute trust.
Watch the interview here: