Andrew Garfield had a year to learn to sing before starring in Lin Manuel-Miranda’s Tap, Tap … BOOM to take on the role of Jonathan Larson. Now with the film just days from its debut on Netflix, the Oscar nominee says he is heading away with a much deeper relationship with Rent creates.
“When I began to understand who Jonathan Larson was, it was as if Lin reintroduced me to a long-lost brother I did not know I had, as an older brother I felt a kinship with,” Garfield said Sunday at 6 p.m. Deadline’s Contenders Movie: Los Angeles at the DGA Theater. “Someone who is revolutionary, someone who saw the heartache of the world around him and turned it into beauty.”
Garfield, along with his co-stars Alexandra Shipp and Robin de Jesus on the panel, spoke about Larson’s enduring legacy and working with Miranda.
In the Netflix movie, Garfield plays Jon, a young theater composer who is waiting at a eatery in New York City in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next big American musical. A few days before he has to showcase his work in a make-or-break performance, Jon feels the pressure everywhere: from his girlfriend Susan (Shipp), who dreams of an artist life outside of New York City; from his friend Michael (de Jesús), who has gone from his dream to a life of financial security. In the midst of an artistic society ravaged by the AIDS epidemic, Jon notices that the clock is ticking and is facing the question that everyone must reckon with: What do we mean by the time we have?
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For Tap, Tap … BOOM! cast, Larson and his intentions to create Rent acted as a “North Star,” and so did the intention to celebrate the lyricist. The trio also praised Miranda, who brought her expertise and undeniable talent to the project.
“We come up with ingredients and he makes the meal,” Shipp said.
Garfield added, “He was Catcher in the Rye, he set the crawl space. He hires people he trusts and who he wants to see fly, and you start flying to his level … We felt freer, more ourselves. on the set, and therefore we were able to bring more of our own personal revelation and our hearts to this project. “
Netflix opens the picture day and date on November 19 in select theaters and streaming.
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