Older and wiser, actor Andrew Garfield said he has learnt to deal with the hoopla around awards season and is revelling in the Oscar buzz surrounding war drama Hacksaw Ridge.

The 33-year-old actor plays American army medic Desmond Doss in the Mel Gibson-directed Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the true story of how Doss served on the front lines in Japan during World War II without carrying a gun and saved 75 lives.

Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who became a WWII hero.Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who became a WWII hero.

It is expected to feature on the Oscar nomination list, released tomorrow, with Garfield happy for the attention after previous struggles following his Baftas and Golden Globe nominations for The Social Network in 2011.

“I’m a bit older so I feel a bit more comfortable in those rooms,” the California-born and British-raised Spider-man actor told Reuters at a screening of Hacksaw Ridge in London last week.

“I’m not as panicky because it’s an overwhelming thing ... It’s very stressful but this time it’s been kind of fun and fine and enjoyable and I feel a bit more comfortable.”

Hacksaw Ridge has grossed $157 million globally since its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September and opens in Maltese cinemas this week.

Independent journalism costs money. Support Times of Malta for the price of a coffee.

Support Us