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Andrew Garfield Explains David Fincher’s Directing On The Social Network

Andrew Garfield offers an explanation for what it was like under David Fincher’s meticulous directing process while filming 2010’s The Social Network.

Andrew Garfield explained what is was like working on The Social Network with David Fincher’s meticulous directing process. Directed by Fincher and written by Aaron SorkinThe Social Network follows the rise of social media platform, Facebook, by founder Mark Zuckerberg. Jesse Eisenberg played Zuckerberg alongside Garfield’s portrayal of Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder who was pushed out of the business.

The Social Network released in October of 2010 to critical acclaim for its writing, directing, and acting performances. The film would go on to be nominated for several Academy Awards with Sorkin winning for Best Adapted Screenplay. Garfield would earn himself several Best Supporting Actor nominations including at the BAFTA Film Awards. Garfield’s portrayal of Saverin would also play a part in him earning the part of Spider-Man in Sony’s 2012 reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man directed by Marc Webb.

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Garfield recently sat down with GQ where he answered some of his fans’ most interesting questions on the internet. When asked about Fincher’s methods on shooting multiple takes during rehearsal and filming of The Social Network. Read what Garfield said below:

“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.”

Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network

For Garfield, the process of multiple takes under a director like Fincher allowed for a more authentic and natural approach to capturing the characters on screen. The chemistry of actors in a scene can often be the deciding factor that leaves an audience gripping with the emotional weight of a film. When done poorly, critics and audiences alike are unable to connect with the story or the characters. But for Garfield, having Fincher push his actors through multiple takes allowed for the necessary authenticity found in the performances of the The Social Network.

Garfield stars next in Netflix’s Tick, Tick…Boom! directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the autobiographical story of American composer Johnathan Larson, who’s best known for his Broadway musical RENT. Garfield taking on the role of Larson is a stark contrast to the entrepreneur of Saverin in The Social Network, but one that allows Garfield to continue to show his depth as an actor. It’s nice to get this insight into Fincher’s method, and it seems as though Garfield certainly appreciates everything the director’s process.

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Source: GQ

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