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There’s a good chance Andrew Garfield won’t get enough credit for his impressive performance in Andy Serkis’ “Breathe.” Sure, he’s got an excellent shot at Best Actor nomination, but considering he plays a character almost completely immobile for three quarters of the film it shouldn’t even be a question. In scene after scene Garfield can only react through his face. He can’t flinch or move a muscle in any other part of his body. Try it for a minute or, even better, five. It’s not easy.
As Robin Cavendish, Garfield portrays a man was paralyzed from his neck down after being infected by the polio virus in 1958 at the age of 28. Claire Foy plays Robin’s wife, Diana. A woman who essentially cared for her husband for decades while raising their son Jonathan, who as the film’s producer has found a way to bring his parent’s inspiring romance to the screen.
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Garfield may be a great actor, but when I walked in to chat with him in a Toronto hotel conference room last month he couldn’t hide how exhausted he looked. He’d recently come off a four month run as Prior in an acclaimed revival of “Angels in America” on the West End and jumped into a whirlwind of press for “Breathe.” And that followed a busy fall and winter on the award circuit for “Hacksaw Ridge” (his first Oscar nod) while simultaneously shooting David Robert Mitchell’s follow up to “It Follows,” “Under the Silver Lake.” Oh, and he’s scheduled to, um, follow “Angels” as it returns to Broadway in February for an 18-week run.
So, perhaps another return to the Dolby Theater for “Breathe.” Perhaps his first Tony nomination in May. As zonked as he clearly was Garfield was as talkative as ever. And boy did have a justification on why...
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