According to Ben Barnes, Andrew Garfield was not handsome enough to play the role of Aslan in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia.’
Garfield: I was told I wasn’t attractive enough for ‘Narnia’ films because of my looks.
Prince Caspian in the “Chronicles of Narnia” films was given to another British actor instead of Andrew Garfield, who had previously been considered for the part.
During an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Garfield, 38, said that he had been a contender for the part of the mysterious prince, which went to Ben Barnes.
C.S. Lewis’ famous fantasy book series inspired the “Amazing Spider-Man.” The actor stated he was “desperate” to join the franchise. According to a source, the casting crew felt Garfield wasn’t attractive enough for the role.
“I recall how desperate I was at the time. ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ auditioned for Prince Caspian,’ Garfield said in an interview with ‘ET’ in 2017 regarding the 2008 film.
As Tammy Faye continued, “And that gorgeous, great actor Ben Barnes ended up winning the job…. He and I were the only ones involved, and I recall being enamoured with him.”
Asked his agent why he didn’t land the desired part, Garfield said. ‘Why don’t I?'” This is why they don’t like you, Andrew,” she finally confessed to Garfield after enduring his relentless prodding.
In his opinion, Ben Barnes is a strikingly good-looking and gifted individual. I don’t regret the choice, and I believe he did an excellent job, in hindsight.
“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” debuted in cinemas in 2005, followed by “Prince Caspian” in 2008. Both films are part of the “Chronicles of Narnia” franchise. The 2010 film “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” concluded the series’ trilogy.
Garfield had roles in the 2007 dramas “Boy A” and “Lions for Lambs” just before to the sequel’s release.
But before that, the Oscar contender also told “ET” that he went through a “huge time of unemployment” before becoming a major figure in Hollywood.
Prior to landing parts in films, “I worked as a waiter for about a year and half and at Starbucks for around six months,” he stated.
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According to an interview with the Wrap, he added that lying about his hidden part in the Marvel movie was a lot of fun. “I’m not going to lie, it was stressful. “It was a little nerve-wracking, but also a lot of fun.”
A large-scale game of Werewolf he was playing with reporters and others guessing was “quite entertaining,” he claimed.
At times, I thought, ‘My God, I despise lying.'” I’m not a good liar, and I don’t like lying, but I persisted in treating it as if it were a game. I kept seeing myself as a fan of the character, which isn’t hard to do,” Garfield said in an interview.
In their right mind, or in the wrong? Ben Barnes was eventually cast as Prince Caspian, however Andrew Garfield was informed that he lost out on the job due to his appearance.
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During an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Saturday, January 8th, Garfield, 38, remarked, “I remember I was so desperate… For me, it was an amazing experience to go in for an audition to play Prince Caspian of Narnia in The Chronicles of Narnia.” This attractive and bright Ben Barnes got the part.”
“I suppose it came down to me and him,” the Marvel actor remembered of his time as a serious candidate for the part of Prince Caspian, stating, “and I remember I was fascinated.”
Tick, Tick…Boom! comes next. When celebrity didn’t get the job, he kept checking in with his agency to find out why.
It’s because they don’t believe you’re gorgeous enough,” Andrew remembered his mother saying to him when she finally gave in to his constant nabbing. “Ben Barnes is a gorgeous and brilliant guy,” says the actor. Because of this, I’m pleased with the choice and believe he did an excellent job.”
A sequel was released in 2009, and Barnes, 40, returned for a third time in both films. A “huge time of unemployment” preceded Garfield’s popularity in The Social Network, Hacksaw Ridge, and Silence, he admitted.
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When he was cast as Peter Parker in the 2012 remake of Spider-Man, the native Californian’s star began to soar. Following The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014, Garfield and Emma Stone reprised their roles as Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker, respectively. Tom Holland reprised the role of the web-slinger as Spider-Man in the reboot.
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