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Andrew Russell Garfield, a British American actor, who became world renowned with his portrayal of Eduardo Saverin in the movie "The Social Network," later went on to become "The Amazing Spider-Man," has a BAFTA TV award, a Saturn Award, a AACTA award, with 3 BAFTA nominations, 2 Golden Globe nominations and a Oscar nomination to his name. Here are 30 really interesting things to know about the actor:

  1. He is one among the four actors, born in 1980 or after, to have a Academy Award nomination to their name. The other three actors are Ryan Gosling, the first to be nominated and also has two nominations, Eddie Redmayne who has won an Oscar and has a nomination, and Jesse Eisenberg with one nomination.
  2. At the 2006 Evening Standard Theater Awards, Garfield won the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer. A year later, he along with Connie Fisher, shared the London Theater Critics Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award.
  3. His first award - Manchester Evening News Theater Award for Best Newcomer, was in the year 2004, for his performance in "Kes" at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theater.
  4. During his early years, he was a gymnast and a swimmer. He has been a skateboarder for years and he even managed to convince Marc Webb, the director of "Amazing Spider-Man" to have his character of Peter skateboard in the movie.
  5. His performance of accurate portrayal of Desmond Doss in the movie "Hacksaw Ridge" moved Desmond T. Doss's son Desmond Jr, who was in tears when he attended the screening.
  6. His appearences in the BBC's most popular series "Doctor Who" garnered him the much required public attention. He was a part of the episodes "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks." About these appearances, he feels it to be really an honor to be a part of the series.
  7. Since his childhood, he has been a huge fan of Spider-man and even claims the superhero to have been his only hero growing up.
  8. Originally he was supposed to audition for the lead role of Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network," but director David Fincher decided that Garfield was too good at wearing his heart on his sleeve, to play Zuckerberg, a character that was emotionally guarded.
  9. While shooting the Peter and Gwen's first reunion scene in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," his heel was run over by a taxi.
  10. Garfield, famous for his British accent, was actually born in Los Angeles, America. His family moved to England when he was just three years old, and that's where he picked up the British accent. His mother, Lynn (née Hillman), is from Essex, England.
  11. When he was just 9 years old, he joined acting classes in Guilford, Surrey and even made an appearance in a youth production "Bugsy Malone."
  12. In the year 2007, Variety Magazine named Garfield as one among the "10 Actors To Watch For." The next year, the European Film Promotion Board also named him as one of the "European films' Shooting Stars."
  13. Garfield, once in an interview, admitted to have shed tears, when he first tried the Spider-Man costume, as he basically worshiped the superhero while growing up.
  14. During the filming of "The Amazing Spider-Man," Garfield used to go out in the Spider-Man costume during his break-time, and play basketball with kids around New York.
  15. In preparation for his role as Rodrigues in the 2016 movie "Silence," he took a year off to grow a lot of head and facial hair. He even went with Adam Driver to a Jesuit retreat in St. Asaph, and spent a week, without talking, in order to get a feel for the spirituality needed for their roles.
  16. He went to Priory Preparatory School in Banstead and City of London Freemen's School in Ashtead, before joining the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. Initially, his intention was to study business, though he was more interested in acting at the age of 16.
  17. He claims to have a love/hate relationship with Facebook, as he feels he spends a lot of time in Facebook, the time he can spend working or making himself a better person. However, he chooses to spend it looking at pictures of his friends having fun at parties.
  18. Once, while shooting for "The Social Network," Garfield went to rehearsal with a copy of Economics for Dummies, which inspired Jesse Eisenberg to bring C++ for Dummies. However, it seems both the actors read the introductions of their books and then put it down.
  19. In preparation for his role as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man," he studied the movements of spiders and even tried to incorporate them as much as he can in the movie. When asked about it, he simply said, it was not just about the costume, but also about the terms of how the spider-man moves.
  20. His family surname was originally "Garfinkel." He had very secular upbringing and even refers to himself as an "agnostic pantheist."
  21. In "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," the emotional performance by Garfield in Gwen's death scene, was a real genuine emotion due to the fact the two actors hadn't seen each other for a few days prior to the shoot.
  22. Marc Webb, the director of "The Amazing Spider-Man," said about selecting Garfield for the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, that Garfield is an upcoming actor who has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity and that those who know his work will be able to understand his extraordinary talents.
  23. He was in a long-term relationship with Shannon Woodward, an actress famous for her role as Elsie Hughes in "Westworld." The duo were romantically involved from 2008 to 2011. Following his break-up with Woodward, he started dating his co-star of "The Amazing Spider-Man," Emma Stone. This relationship lasted till October 2015.
  24. He adopted a golden retriever, along with his then-girlfriend Emma Stone, during the 2012 holiday season. The duo named the dog Ren.
  25. In the movie "The Amazing Spider-Man," while shooting the scene in which his character goes into the web harvesting room with the spiders, Garfield requested to play the song "Pure Imagination" from the 1971 movie "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory."
  26. While shooting the 2014 movie "99 Homes," the director Ramin Bahrani, used a 24mm lens for the close-ups of Garfield, as he felt it would give a greater depth as to the emotions showing on his face.
  27. He has dual citizenship in the United Kingdom as well as in the United States and claims to feel "equally at home" in the both the countries, and that he "enjoys having a varied cultural existence."
  28. During the shoot of "The Social Network," he became good friend with Jesse Eisenberg, and both the actors felt it too hard to show the dramatic rivalry between their characters on screen, as it affected them emotionally.
  29. While filming the movie "The Amazing Spider Man 2" he refused to even see or speak to his co-star Campbell Scott, before shooting the scene in which Peter meets his father, and even refused to rehearse beforehand, in an effort to generate a genuine emotional response when they first meet each other.
  30. In the year 2011, Garfield was named as the Ambassador of Sport for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO).
  31. Andrew Garfield Net Worth: $10 Million

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