There’s another storm brewing on the Internet today that involves Andrew Garfield, Batkid (Miles Scott), and the Academy Awards Ceremony. There are all kinds of rumors floating around the Internet about the Batkid’s Oscar snub. Many cast Garfield in an unattractive light, but what’s the real story?
As you can see by the picture above, Batkid was at an Oscars rehearsal over the weekend. You can see the Batkid logo in the set design of the city scape. There was also this description of the segment put out by the producers of the awards show.
Sounds like a nice segment, but something happened and the whole thing was scratched. Here’s the timeline that NerdBastards has been able to cobble together from various sources.
Segment is announced, rehearsal happens, that Sunday morning a decision is made and the segment is taken out of the show, along with another musical number, Batkid and family are sent to Disneyland by the Academy to make up for any disappointment because of the cancellation.
The Internet controversy comes in when you start wondering why this all happened. The New York Post Page Six is reporting, from a well placed source, that Garfield threw a fit and pulled out when:
The academy was going to make him an official superhero during the Oscar ceremony. Andrew Garfield was going to appoint him ‘Batkid.’ But, in the middle of the dress rehearsal, Garfield decided he didn’t like his lines, well-placed source.
Garfield refused to go by the script. He came up with his own lines. The producers felt that Garfield’s [rewrites] were not appropriate. Garfield had a tantrum. He stormed off. Miles and his family, who were at the rehearsal, were devastated.
Garfield was such a spoiled brat that he didn’t even want to be a presenter.
Garfield’s agent at CAA didn’t get back to me.
The Academy spokesperson on the other hand says:
Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments due to the logistics of production. Andrew Garfield understood that his segment had to be omitted, and he drove to Disneyland on Monday to spend time with 5-year-old Miles Scott (Batkid) and his family.
Other sites are reporting that Garfield stepped out because of personal reasons that had something to do with why Garfield’s girlfriend Emma Stone didn’t attend the Oscars and left that Friday to return home to her family. Many are speculating that Stone’s mother, who survived Breast Cancer in 2008 might be sick again. No one has any confirmation for this.
So now that you’re up to speed with what is floating around the Internet, let’s look at what most likely happened with what we KNOW happened.
The rehearsal didn’t go well, there must have been some problem, regardless of Garfield. If it was just Garfield throwing a tantrum, then couldn’t Chris Evans, who didn’t plan on attending the ceremony and stepped in at the last-minute to present that mash-up of Superhero movie clips that was meant to precede the Batkid’s segment, just have stepped into Garfield’s shoes?
*That explains why Captain America entered the stage to the music from The Amazing Spider-man.
Better still, grab Ben Affleck, who was already at the awards as a presenter to step in for the segment, that way the newest Batman would induct the Batkid into the fraternity of heroes. Both Evans and Affleck are trained actors that could step into the segment without missing a beat.
I’m just having a very hard time seeing any actor let alone Garfield intentionally ruining this moment for the Batkid. It’s a career landmine for a person with a job that centers on people liking him and the work he does.
Look at what the Batkid’s Mom had to say about what happened:
I don’t know if they ran out of time, of if there was something about the segment they didn’t like, it got pulled so quickly that we didn’t have a lot of insight into what was going on.
Asked if the family was disappointed:
Well, kind of… We had gone all the way down there, and he went through the rehearsal and he had a fancy tux and was all ready for it.
We haven’t really heard anything. We just tried to make the most of the trip, and just got home [Wednesday] night.
I’m sure the family was there for rehearsal and if there was any blow up by Garfield they would have seen something. Imagine if your child had this type of moment ruined by an outrageous outburst by a Hollywood actor, would you not publicly call him out on it at your first opportunity?
Also consider that the Academy spokesperson reported that Garfield went to spend the day with the Batkid family at Disneyland the next day. Did he fly to join Stone in Arizona and then turn right back around to Disneyland the next day? Seems unlikely.
These types of Internet outrage are a slippery slope. If Garfield blew up during rehearsal, with so many people around, there would be some social media evidence from the family, the crew, and others around the set that day.
Until Garfield responds, or someone comes forward with some real evidence of an outburst by Garfield at the rehearsal, it’s not right to jump on the Internet Bandwagon that seems determined to burn Garfield at the Internet stake with click baiting headlines and unsubstantiated rumors.
Via: The Internet