Andrew Garfield was not “handsome” enough to be Prince Caspian

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Since playing in Netflix tick, tick … Boom! and (disclose!) reprising his role as the Amazing Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Path Home Andrew Garfield experienced a well-deserved kind of pop culture renaissance last month. But he was not always the mega-star putting “his garfussy set in all his roles ”, which he is today.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Garfield revealed that once upon a time his dream role was Dream Boat YA, Prince Caspian in Disney’s Chronicles of Narnia franchise:

“I remember I was so desperate. I auditioned for Prince Caspian in Chronicles of Narnia and I thought, ‘It could be that, that could be that.’ And this handsome and brilliant actor Ben Barnes ended up getting the part. I think it was because of me and him, and I remember I was obsessed.

Garfield was understandably curious as to why he was overlooked for the role, and when he urged his agent on it, he said she didn’t mince words: don’t think you’re handsome enough, Andrew.

Currently one of the thirstiest men on the internet (frankly you know it’s real when the TikTok teens start keeping your fanbase), Garfield has no resentment about it. “Ben Barnes is a very handsome and talented man. So in retrospect I’m not unhappy with the decision and I think he did a great job, ”he said very graciously.

But while Garfield may be ready to drop the snub, I for one have a few questions about his agent’s explanation, or at least the explanation it was given by whoever was in. casting charge for Prince Caspian. First of all, do Garfield and Barnes really look that different, as one reaches an adequate threshold of “beauty” and the other doesn’t?

Other than their beardless situations in the following photo of two jaws that could cut glass, I’m looking at essentially the same person:

Whatever the beef Narnia the casting director may have had with Garfield in the 2000s, he and Barnes are essentially just a few almost indistinguishable, gorgeous and gorgeous white men with flawless hair. The only difference that I find interesting between these handsome white men is that only one of them has pleaded for a bisexual Spider-Man, and that is enough for me to declare Andrew Garfield the winner of this round.


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