Actor Andrew Garfield recently talked about how he honoured his late mother Lynn Garfield with his approaching the cinematic adaptation of ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’.
As per the report, Garfield disclosed that his mother died of pancreatic cancer before the pandemic and filming his role as Jonathan Larson in the Lin-Manuel Miranda-directorial ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’
In an interview, the actor let out that while “every frame, every moment, every breath” of the approaching movie musical is an endeavour at honouring Larson, the American composer and playwright who produced ‘Rent’ and died at 35, that even more personally, it’s a tribute to his mother.
“She is someone who showed me where I was supposed to go in my life. She set me on a path,” told Garfield.
“We lost her just before COVID, just before we started shooting, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. So, for me, I was able to continue her song on the ocean and the wave of Jonathan’s songs. It was an attempt to honour him in his unfinished song, and her in her unfinished song, and have them meet,” he added.
The ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ star concluded that his personal relation to loss during shooting may also be why he “didn’t want this movie to end,” adding that it was a chance to “put my grief into art, into this creative act.”
During the interview, Garfield also said that his time with his mother as she passed, expressing that he felt lucky to get to read her favourite poems and take care of her, along with his father and brother, in the last few days.
He also conveyed that while he has lost others close to him previously, his mother’s death had an infinitely enormous impact on him.
“One’s mother is a different thing. It’s the person that gives you life no longer being here. Nothing can prepare you for that kind of cataclysm,” he said.
The actor added, “For me, everything has changed: Where there was once a stream, there’s now a mountain; where there was once a volcano, there’s now a field. It’s a strange head trip.”
The actor explained that while his mother may now be gone, her essence still resides within him “in a way that maybe is even stronger.” But that was an emotion for him that could only come after the acceptance of his loss, which is something he says “our culture” doesn’t give people the tools or frame to do.
“We’re told to be in delusion and denial of this universally binding thing that we’re all going to go through at some point, and it’s fascinating to me that this grand adventure of death is not honoured,” he said.
While Garfield conveyed reluctance in the interview about sharing facts around his mother’s passing, he said he finally chose to do it because losing one’s parents is a universal occurrence.
“The privilege of my life has been being there for my mother, being the person that gave her permission when she was ready. We had a very amazing connection, and now an audience will know her spirit in an unconscious way through Jon, which I just find so magical and beautiful,” he said.